Buddy used to be such a good eater. Key words, “used to”.
Recently he has started to rebel during mealtimes. I know exactly why, too. He’s become a majorly independent kid. He wants to do everything he possibly can by himself. As overwhelming, irritating, and sometimes completely infuriating as this can be sometimes, I love this and I encourage it. I want him to have a strong will and be able to have the confidence to take care of himself later on.
I typically let him take the reins and make the decisions like “take a nap now or in five minutes” or “put on your boots or your shoes”. I let him put on his own pants and underwear and shirts. I let him buckle himself in his car seat and brush his teeth and I’ll check both after he’s done and tell him he’s a very good boy to take care of himself. If he can’t get something, he asks for help. But if I try to force my will on him, he freaks out and melts down.
Unfortunately for him (and myself…), I decide what goes down at meal times. I want to keep all three kids on the same eating schedule. We eat together as a family and we all eat the same thing. I don’t cater to specific tastes. Period. there’s no negotiating with me on that one.
Because he can’t control the meals, he refuses to eat his vegetables and it usually gets to the point of screaming if we try to force him. I get so frustrated because I want him to eat at least one decent meal a day so I know he’s getting the good stuff into his body. He just refuses though. Once in a great while I can get him to eat something healthy, which is nice, but I’d like the ease of mind knowing he’s regularly got a couple of servings in him.
Today I was cleaning up after a successful (and rare!) lunchtime and I meandered into the living room to play with the kids for a little bit. I happened to have left the TV on earlier and I looked up to see a guy standing over a blender with a whole smorgasbord of fruits and vegetables around it. He was promoting the blender, but I was interested in the fruits and veggies.
I’ve made these shakes a million times before for myself, why haven’t I done this for the kids?!
I went into the kitchen and immediately got to work. I pulled out all of the fresh fruits and veggies we have in the kitchen and picked out three fruits and three vegetables and tossed one of each of them in the blender.
I didn’t peel the apple, I just cut out the core. I peeled the orange and tossed the whole thing in. I cut the carrot in half and tossed it in, unpeeled. I pulled the leaves off of the broccoli and tossed an entire head in. I threw the tomato in whole. I dumped in some orange juice that was leftover in the fridge and added a bit more water and turned on the blender. I left it on for about three minutes to make sure the carrots were completely pureed. When it was done, I poured the green slime out for all three of the kids in their bottles and gave it to them.
They seriously loved it! Buddy was a tad apprehensive about it being bit thicker and a little grainy, so I told him it was a banana shake. He’s absolutely crazy for bananas so he didn’t even question it after that. He sucked it down. The girls chugged down ten ounces each in a matter of minutes.
I’ll be doing this more in the future. I’m thinking it’ll be a once or twice a week treat for them. That way it stays exciting for them. The great thing about these “super shakes” is that you can seriously put any fruits or vegetables in it. So long as you have enough fruits in there, it’ll taste mostly sweet. Especially bananas! Bananas have a way of overpowering almost any other tastes.
Once I get it growing in the garden, the first thing I’ll be adding to this is spinach. I couldn’t ask for a better super food to add to their weekly diet. I highly recommend adding spinach to ALL of your future shakes. Read this webpage to find out the health benefits of eating spinach!
though I didn’t prepare anything beforehand, it still only took me about five to ten minutes from start to finish. The most I did was rinse the food in the sink and cut the core out of the apple.
If you’ve got a picky eater, this is totally the way to go! (I would still recommend serving the foods at mealtimes though so your kids still get in the habit of eating their fruits and vegetables on their own.)