We had a rough month in the one new food department, so difficult I decided to share it with you in this video.
So there you have it, our dirty little one new food secrets! And as promised here are a few strategies for trying to get your kids to eat healthier. There is a website and book Crunch a Color with several different ideas based on the color of foods. The author Jennifer Tyler Lee also offers free printables and games to get your kids excited about mealtimes!
I also love this post from EcoWatch because though it’s about superfoods, you could apply this to just about anything. We have to be stealthy, and sneak in those nutritious little buggers! I’m going to attempt broccoli like this article suggests in itty bitty pieces in stir fry this month.
I used to create a Meal Plan every week and post them on this site, but they weren’t hugely popular. If you think you would benefit from them please comment, or drop me an email and let me know and I’m happy to oblige! A few have asked me how I maintain a paleo diet while not putting my kids on it entirely, so below you’ll find some modifications for that as well.
Monday – Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup with the noodles on the side for the girls. (Add a salad for me!)
Tuesday – Paleo Meatballs, with pasta for the kids, and spaghetti squash for me. I will ask them to try it again as well! (great for leftovers!)
Wednesday – Seared Almond Chicken with Green Beans. Couscous for the kids, a one new food success!
Thursday – I’m usually done with cooking after 3 straight days, Traders Joe’s Lemon Pepper chicken breasts or my daughter’s favorite take out Lime Mexican. Sometimes we just make a baked sweet potato and smear it with almond butter – delish!
Friday – Pizza Night. I make these homemade for them using store bought Italian Pizza Dough, and I usually eat salad.
I also make muffins every week, and am in love with this Paleo Banana Muffin from Paleo Newbie, and the girls love them. I’m also going to sneak in spinach in their breakfast smoothies. (Really need to update that post huh?)
Meal planning a daunting task? Yeah me too, but it really does help with your budget and your waistline. So we have an awesome giveaway this month from a great company called emeals. They do it all for you, meal plans for seven days and a shopping list…and you can pick from 16 different categories like Gluten Free, Paleo, Clean Eating, Kid Friendly etc. Right now they are offering a free 14 day trial, and below you can enter for a free 3 month subscription. Who wouldn’t want that?! Sign me up!
Good luck! And remember you have to try one new food and upload a picture using #ONENEWFOOD to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and tag either Lauren from Oh Honestly, Echo from The Mad Mommy, or Herchel from Gym, Craft, Laundry.
Crystal Bissonnette says
This made me laugh! Your girls cracked me up. My 17 month old is still pretty good about eating but my 4 year old puts up those fights all the time. I hate dinner times!! I blogged about that a couple months back. Dinnertime is tiresome and a pain in the ass! I couldn’t agree more about healthy eating starting with us!! I try my best to get my kids to eat clean healthy foods as often as I can to balance out the junk 😉
yeah it sucks…working on it…baby steps! Glad I’m not alone!!
Herchel A Scruggs says
My kids do the same thing! My daughter makes this “blech” sound and gagging face. I love this video.
this sounds nice and healthy and i’m feeling pretty guilty as both my kids sit here next to me stuffing their face with sun chips. #badmom
Are you kidding? They OD’d on animal crackers today! I give up! Wait no I don’t…we can do this!
Your confession video is AWESOME! The way your kids act about broccoli is how my kids act about most soups and mashed potatoes! ARGH!
I am so happy to be joining in on #OneNewFood!
No, your girls are not the only ones who react to new foods like that. We have lots of those nights. Lots of them. Good for you for keeping at it! It’s tough, but it’s worth it.
Glad I’m not alone, I want to see your video next!
I feel your pain! My girls act the same way about certain foods!! Your video made me laugh!
Amanda @ queenofthelandoftwigsnberries says
Meal planning truly keeps me sane. And letting my boys pick out a new fruit or veggie when we are grocery shopping is such a fun way for them to try new foods. Now if I could only get them to eat meat consistently….they are veggie-monsters!
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Oh my… so challenging.
The video was awesome… so great to see/hear you again. Your girls are adorable, even when they’re resisting chicken pot pie… LOL.
Thanks for sharing.
Sheesh! Tough crowd, super cute, but tough! One thing I do is I don’t tell my kids what they are eating (not making a big deal about it) instead making a game of it. If they don’t guess it then I will then tell them what it is after a few bites and sometimes they are amazed they like it!
Can I just blindfold them?! Seriously, my kids are out to get me at mealtimes!
The broccoli with sprinkles photo made my day on Facebook. It was hilarious! I wish it had worked. That’s the ONE vegetable Scarlet loves, but only with tons of cheese sauce. Like the kind you use on mac and cheese.
Samantha @ Five Heart Home says
Oh my…too funny! We have the same dinnertime meltdowns at our house. I am terrible at meal planning (aside from the recipes that I know I need to make for the blog that week), but I need to make more of an effort in that department because it does make things go so much more smoothly. Thanks for being so real and encouraging the rest of us (and I hope the soup goes over well!). 😉
It was delicious Samantha!
I think letting them choose their #OneNewFood idea is great. Though I’m sorry that the Chicken Pot Pie didn’t go over well. I don’t think Kyle would eat it. He really doesn’t like peas and most of the time they have them. Although with the word “pie” in it, he, too, would think it’s a sweet treat.
Caryn please come teach them how to eat healthy!
I love this video!! I was cracking up at your kids with the chicken pot pie, mine would have the same reaction. I need to get back on the meal plan bandwagon, but my schedule has been all over the place! 🙁
it’s so hard in TV Lauren to get in a groove…I just use it as a road map and it helps a ton!