12 Picky Eater Tips

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Do you have a picky eater?  Check out our picky eater tips, and get your little one to eat. My grandson was a picky eater.  Needless to say, meal time was a struggle. His mother, my daughter, was a picky eater too. To the point where she couldn’t stand for her food to touch.  If it did, I had to fix another plate if I wanted to get some nourishment into her.  

kids in the kitchen


I had to come up with a plan to get him to eat and I thought I would share my tips with you:

  1. Get your child involved in the meal preparation.  Kids love to help, so why not let them help with preparing the meal. They’re more likely to eat what they’ve helped prepare.     
  2. Incorporate 1 – 2 items that you knew they will eat into the meal plan.    
  3. Serve fruits and veggies for snacks instead of chips and cookies.  I serve apple slices and peanut butter, spinach dip and carrots or cucumbers.  He loves to dip things.  I invested in a vegetable cutter that will make crinkles in the carrots and cucumbers.  They’re more exciting than regularly cut cucumbers and carrot sticks.
  4. Kids love animals or alphabet shaped foods.  I now have a cabinet full of molds for pancakes and waffles.  What kid doesn’t want a cow, pig, dinosaur or zoo animal on their breakfast plate.  
  5. If your child is a pasta lover use wagon wheels, corks, or spaghetti.  I remove the green from cucumbers before placing them in the pasta.  My grandchildren love pasta with lite Italian dressing.   I get a “Happy Plate” every time I serve it.       
  6. Make zucchini or banana bread or muffins instead of cake and cupcakes.  Top with a little whipped cream.  You can add food coloring to the whipped cream to make it interesting.   
  7. Invest in sandwich cutters for P & J or grilled cheese sandwiches.    
  8. Limit snacks before meals.  
  9. Make eating out and fast foods a treat rather than the norm.      
  10. Eat meals together rather than placing your child in front of the TV.  They’ll see you eating and may be willing to try something new.  
  11. Encourage your child to try new things.  Start with getting them to taste rather than forcing them to eat anything.  After all, they are picky eaters.  
  12. Make fresh fruit smoothies together using Almond milk.  My grandchildren love Almond milk.    

What tips do you use for your picky eater?  We would love to hear from you.  

The Best and Worst Cereals

Are your kids bouncing off the walls after breakfast?  It could be that bowl of sugar that you placed in front of them this morning for breakfast.  My grandchildren like cold cereal, and it’s a great option when I don’t have time or feel like fixing pancakes or waffles. I decided to research the sugar grams in what I was feeding them, and I was quite surprised when I came across the best and worst cereal list.  I thought I would share it with you. You too may be surprised by the list, and may think twice about what you serve your children for breakfast.   Here’s the list:


                                          Best Cereals

      •  Mini Wheats                               
      •  Life                                      
      • Rice Krispies                       
      • Wheaties                                   
      • Kix                                          
      • Corn Flakes                               
      • Cheerios                                     
      • Shredded Wheat    
      • Honey Nut Cheerios
      • Grape Nuts
      • Special K  

                                                               Worst Cereals

      • Honey Smacks                        
      • Golden Crisp                           
      • Lucky Charms                       
      • Fruit Loops                             
      • Trix                                           
      • Raisin Bran                              
      • Sugar Frosted Flakes       
      • Apple Jacks
      • Crunch Berries            

                                    
I love Honey Nut Cheerios and Raisin Bran.  I’m happy at least one of them made the Best Cereal List and that one just happens to be the cereal I give my grandchildren. The majority of the time I give my grandchildren oatmeal, especially during the cold, winter months or fix them pancakes or waffles with fruit. Occasionally, I do fix sausage links with eggs. Neither are fond of bacon. 


Does yours or your child’s favorite cereal fall into the Best or Worst list? Is the list making you rethink your cereal choice? It will definitely be a reminder the next time I’m in the cereal aisle and considering buying something different.  



Kids Breakfast Ideas: Oatmeal Funny Face

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to eat breakfast?  Did I just ask that question.  Getting kids to eat any meal can be difficult at times.  I’ve been in search of fun and kid friendly recipes that can help us make meals enjoyable for our little ones and will be starting a series of posts with fun meal ideas. 


Oatmeal is big in my household, especially in the winter.  It’s hearty and warm on cold, rainy days and the kids love it.  I came across this little guy and immediately tossed him into the kids recipe box.  He’s adorable and has earned a spot on the breakfast table in the Gales household minus the squiggly lines.

It’s simple and the ingredients are healthy.  I think my 5 year old would enjoy decorating his bowl of oatmeal.  You will need the following ingredients:    

Oatmeal ( I use Maple Quaker Oats)
Sliced strawberries (eyes, nose, ears, mouth)
Raisins (eyes, hair)
Walnuts (eyebrows)

This recipe is from the book  Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel and can be purchased from Amazon. 

You Owe Money No Lunch For You

                                                          
                                     
When I read the story about the children at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City who had their lunch taken from them and thrown in the trash in front of a cafeteria full of children, my heart broke.  This has to be one of the most cruel and inhumane actions that I’ve heard about in a school.  How do you treat a child in this manner?  It is simply beyond me.


Some brilliant administrator, Child Nutrition Manager, in Salt Lake City decided that the children at Uintah Elementary School should have their lunch thrown in the trash because their parents owed money on their lunch bill.  According to the school, the parents who owed money had been asked to reconcile the bill; however, not everyone paid up.  Did I mention that Uintah Elementary is in an affluent neighbor.  Just proves, that times are hard and there’s a lot of people struggling to make ends meet.  The school district in that area raised the price of lunch from $.65 to $2.00.  Quite pricey, especially if you have more than 1 child in school.  Their explanation, the meals are healthier and the cost of making them has risen. 

Rather than work out some plan with the parents, they allowed the children of those who owed money to obtain a tray and after the child sat down to eat they confiscated the tray and throw the food in the trash.  Yes, it is really hard to believe that they thought the trash can needed the food more.  They than gave the children a box of milk and an orange while telling the child, they didn’t have enough money for their lunch. 

I am so furious, no child should ever go hungry.  Especially, when the food is in front of them.  I’ve been to Utah, it is cold out there this time of year.  A box of milk and an orange versus a hot meal.  I wonder what’s in these people’s heart.  If I had been given that kind of directive, I would have resigned rather than carry it out.  Child Nutrition Manager, I don’t think so.  Can you imagine the embarrassment and humiliation that this children endured.  They could possibly be scarred for life.  Who discusses financial matters with elementary school children anyway. 

In my opinion, all of the administrators should have been fired and barred from interacting with young children ever again.  They have apologized and admitted the situation should have been handled differently, but the damage to the child has already been done.  Everyone in this country should be outraged.  If this were your child, how would you have reacted?

                                                                   

Cabbage and Sausage Recipe


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cabbage recipes

I love cabbage.  If you’re a fan, here’s a recipe that you must try.  Did you know that cabbage is great for your health?  It’s actually considered to be one of the best health foods.

Besides being delicious, here a few reasons to try this recipe:  

  • Cabbage contains the least fat and the fewest calories of any vegetable
  • It helps lower cholesterol
  • It’s loaded with Vitamin C
  • It’s a great natural source of fiber
  • It’s a great source of antioxidants  
  • It’s expensive to eat 

 Now that we have the health benefits down.  Here’s the recipe: 

  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 small head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pound polish sausage, sliced into round pieces (I use smoked sausage)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes  (Pull out a quart of your canned home grown tomatoes and chop) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 of chopped green pepper
  • few drops of hot sauce (optional)
  • chopped garlic clove (optional)
Melt butter in large skillet.  Add cabbage, onion, and green pepper and cook on medium high for about 5 minutes stirring to keep from sticking to pan.  Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.  Season to taste. 
Note:  I brown my sausage in the oven and have it ready to add to the simmering ingredients.  I found the recipe rather bland, so I added garlic.  Serve with diner rolls and apple sauce.   Makes about 8 servings.