Synopsis of a 5 day healthy eating plan (for kids)

It’s ‘throwback Thursday’!!! Way back when, here at Mums In Real Life we trialled out a 5 day healthy eating plan on some of our fussy little eaters. The results were AMAZING!!!! Take a read and as always, here at Mums In Real Life we’d love to hear any tips of secrets you may have! We’re all in this together, right?1

Soooooo, what an interesting few days in terms of the healthy eating plan we put in place and trialled throughout the week. As you may recall (or if you are new, welcome and all will make sense soon), we’ve been trying to encourage a couple of our fussy little eaters to try more food ingredients. Hail the red kidney bean!!! Hoorah for Mexican music! I salute you cod fillets rolled in breadcrumbs! You are forever in my heart, Avocado!

Looking through books, discussing what food we love & why, what food they REALLY dislike (and why – some untasted) we put together a menu. One that was simple, achievable but with a few dishes ordinarily a couple of kiddie winks ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT EAT at this stage in their little life.

Quite frankly, meal times were starting to get quite tedious. I’ve mentioned before, it was like Ground Hog Day.

See our previous blogs for some of the results. The one I was most dreading, was our Mexican theme night. I’ve tried this before. Loads of times. However, at some point this week all of the cogs fell into place.

I made up a quick mince dish today – it was so easy. For the purpose of this menu I left out Chillies, but I did add Cumin, Ginger, Paprika and Garlic.

I whizzed a (very) ripe Avocado in the blender with a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream and some lime juices. It took about 30 seconds and then I twisted in some pepper.

That was it. Done. As I went to pick my kids up, I mentioned to Tahlia that I really wasn’t sure how dinner time would go down. I genuinely felt quite torn about it.

I shouldn’t have worried. Like I say, some cogs had fallen into place for my youngest. I do confess at this stage to playing traditional Mexican music this morning, us all dancing around, really ‘bigging up’ tonight’s meal.

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Here are the results: Yes, they even ate the kidney beans 👍🏻

So a good week. I will go to bed tonight knowing that I’ve been well and truly played. The fact is, there isn’t much my ‘fussy’ little doesn’t like. Apart from a bit of control. But before I head off to bed, I’m going to add some jalapeño peppers to the mince and enjoy my feast (Mexican music and all).

Give it a whirl 👍🏻

GETTING THE CHILDREN TO EAT MORE VEGGIES

WE’VE RECENTLY had half term, and this has resulted in some bad habits creeping in to our routine. Less fruit and veg, more reaching for the bad snacks and unsatisfying empty calories of crisps and quick snack.

Today I was talking to a lovely friend of mine, and we got on to the subject of food (we often do!) and she told me that her daughter has started to eat salad. When she was younger, her mum always had a side salad with her food. She decided to get her veggie intake up by doing the same, encouraging her children to initially have cucumber and tomato with their dinner, and eventually adding lettuce, shredded vegetables and lemon dressings. Today, she added pine nuts!

After a period of time, after watching mummy eating her eating her side salad, the children joined in. And now it’s a daily ritual, and they eat salad every day as part of their dinner.

This made me think about ways to encourage children to eat more veggies in their diet. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Eat more yourself! Follow my lovely friend’s example, and have a side salad every day. Eat more fruit and veg and stay away from the nasties.
  2. Be sneaky…try blending vegetables in to sauces. When they polish the lot off, talk to them about the ingredients. Next time, blend them a little less.
  3. Don’t offer crisps and unhealthy snacks at snack time. Give them healthy choices like a piece of fruit or a home-made granola bar and they can make a selection from a good choice.
  4. Limit snack times to one after school, or two maximum during the holidays. Set clear times e.g. 11am and 4pm to set expectations on when snacking is ok.
  5. Try making your own snack bars. There are lots of healthy fruit bar/granola bar recipes online or you could try out our recipe for fruit winders. This can help limit sugar intake too.
  6. (yes I know I said 5!! but be consistent. Consistently offer good choices, buy fruit and healthy snacks and make them when you can so you’re sure on what’s inside them.

Good luck!! 🙂 Tahlia X