Sunday, September 8, 2013

What are you serving your Ultra Picky Eaters for lunch lately? Momables to the Rescue!

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I gotta say I don't think my kiddos are ultra picky but you would think they were dying because I had them try something new (or something old they've recently decided they don't like after all)....

My daycare kids used to eat carrots but now will only do it if I say you have to eat __ and then you can be done.... the issue is that they would only eat carrots and mixed veggies. Nothing else and I'm so tired of serving the same things over and over.

Last week I told them that we are going to start trying 1 new thing (either a veggie or fruit) each week and then we are going to rate what they tried. Last week we tried tomatoes and you woulda thought life was coming to an end!

I gave them each 3 very tiny slices of tomato and this is the result:  Connor "licked" his piece and claimed he liked it - right down to giving it a smiley face. Sierra whined (I don't like it!) and seemed to think she was dying and then she peeled it and ate her 1 piece without complaining. Geez!

Last week I made apple blossoms with yogurt to use as a dipping sauce (picture onion blossoms but with an apple instead). I've tried ants on a log, meat & cheese rollups with tortillas, broccoli trees w/ cheese sauce, PBJ for Connor who tells me he DOESN'T like Peanut Butter (mom says he likes it just fine and eats it), they WILL eat Mixed Veggies - but not individual veggies like green beans, corn or peas (go figure). They will Not eat veggies w/ ranch (gasp!) & Connor refuses to eat peanut butter.

I feed them normal kid foods but the highest quality I can find & afford that doesn't have a ton of preservatives in it. They eat Van deCamps fish sticks, love Chicken Noodle Soup (I get Campbells Kids Line of Soups with shaped pasta), Tysons 100% chicken nuggets, Cheese Ravioli w/ Pizza Sauce and Pizza Cheese on top (one of their fave's) and of course the usual sandwiches.

I'm really fighting an uphill battle here. 

I just signed up for MOMables 3 month subscription last week to find some new foods for the kids to try. I have done a few Bento type meals with them and her menu is based on the Lunchables in the store - but they are healthy, have a wide variety and aren't loaded with calories, preservatives and/or sugar. I have tried a couple so far and they were received with excitement by the kids and they actually cleaned their Easy Lunchbox without a lot of prodding from me (except to take away the Kabob Sticks before they poked each other's eyes out - yeah, I let them have sword fights for about 5 minutes before I stepped in...)

See this article by Laura the founder of MOMables on how to get Picky Eaters to Eat.... she is the gal who is going to get us over this hurtle!

Here is a little about MOMables:
MOMables is a school lunch meal planning service that helps parents feed their kids a variety of lunches they will love. Their one simple plan approach has built in substitutions for vegetarian, gluten free and nut free options when needed (it is not a dairy free or vegan plan).

MOMables was started by Laura Fuentes, a mom of 3 kids under seven years old, to help other parents get out of the lunch packing rut. MOMables offers a weekly school lunch meal plan with 5 lunch ideas, a prep-ahead sheet and a shopping list to help us busy parents feed our kids good food they will actually eat for only $6 per month!

Laura has been kind enough to offer my readers a sample week of MOMables for FREE, when you sign up for their weekly newsletter. It's also loaded with free recipes, tips and so much more.

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  1. Hi Tina! Thanks for visiting my Diana Rambles. I have some suggestions for your in my chat window on my blog.

  2. Just had the opportunity to listen to Laura speak at the Niche Parent Conference this past weekend, she is amazing and I adore her ideas. Here's the pin I shared during her session Would love to win!

  3. The easiest healthy thing that I serve for lunch is probably just peanut butter sandwiches without jam, with all natural unsalted peanut butter and fruit and vegetables on the side.

    I am not very creative...