Do you monitor what your children are eating to ensure that they have a well balanced diet?
As a first time mom, when my son was a baby, I was very particular and wanted to be sure he has all the correct food groups. It seemed fairly simply, he ate just about anything I would give him.
Then, he turned 2.
What is it about age 2? Independence? Learning the word ‘No’?
My wonderful eater, who ate just about anything suddenly became extremely picky! He only wanted to eat certain things and meat and veggies were on the end of his list.
So, now although I still try to be sure and give him a well balanced meal including meat, fruit, cheese or yogurt, and bread, crackers, or pretzels, I also understand that he is picky.
I accept that not everyone agrees either; however, for us, my son will not touch veggies of any kind. I have found several ways to sneak them in so he is not aware; however, when he is sent to school, I send him with the fruit that I know he will eat.
I do not let it weigh on me anymore, I just try alternatives. Personally, I do not care for fruit much, many fruits I am allergic to so that’s part of it, but I could go days without fruit. I just do not care for it, but I love veggies. He is exactly the opposite.
I have found the best way to offset this is to give him options. I also love using the divider plates because it makes it sort of like a smorgasbord for him and he loves to tell me what is on his plate.
For meats we typically stick to quick things for lunch. I have done lunch meat, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and most recently he’s starting to warm up to Tyson’s 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets. That’s right, he is even extremely picky about his chicken nuggets too! He loves my homemade chicken nuggets and catfish though too, so we have those often as well.
I thought I would also share with you a few favorites to help with those picky eater years that we have done.
Now I would love to know, how do you ensure your child maintains a balanced diet? How do you make sure they eat the proper amounts of fruit and veggies? Join the conversation and Tyson will select a winner and donate $500 in the winner’s name to a local food bank!
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