Picture this: You spend multiple hours a week making lists, shopping, prepping, cooking and gathering just for a few moments each day to sit around the table. The hope: everyone
loves eats what you’ve made whilst sharing their day and enjoying one another’s company. The reality: your toddler eats first because you know they won’t eat what you’ve made and you’re not in the mood to deal with a battle over menu options (again), so you throw together some less than nutritional meal because you know he’ll eat it. Let’s be honest, as long as they’re eating amiright?! Your husband sits down with you, eats the meal prepared for the family, you enjoy his company and adjust your family-togetherness expectations accordingly. Insert today’s post on getting your toddler to eat their vegetables. Or in my world, anything other than a hotdog.
Sound familiar? If not, please email me at Lindsay@lemonstolove.com or stop by anytime and give me #allthetips.
Even though most nights aren’t a ‘family-togethernss’ moment I have learned a few tricks of the trade along the way to sneak in all the veggies n’ whatnots.
Eat Your Vegetables
Meals on the go:
These bento boxes (like above Amazon link) have been awesome! When Brooks started school he got so excited to eat out of his new lunchbox. I don’t know what it is about the bento box, but as long as he gets excited about eating I’m all for it! This is the style and size B uses HERE. I also like these for different material options, these for color options, these for size options or if you’re buying in bulk. The bento box is great for traveling too! Brooks thinks he’s having a picnic when he’s not in school. He things its a treat when he gets eats out of his bento box. This is the second year we’ve used them and now the first thing he does when I pick him up is show me his empty bento box. 🙂
These silicone cupcake holders are also great if you don’t want to buy a bento box and just use containers you already own. They’re reusable and dishwasher safe. Speaking of reusable and dishwasher safe I am currently loving our new stainless steel straws! I got so tired of buying more plastic ones every other week. Such a waste, plus these are cuter I think. 😉
Meals at home:
This spiralizer has a been such a great addition to my culinary tool belt. I’ve used it multiple times (see recipe HERE) and it’s literally the perfect way to substitute pastas for vegetables. It’s easy to use and clean. Check. Check. You can choose the cut, thickness and type of noodle you want. This toddler tray makes eating a visual game and I’m all.for.it! I just ordered Brooks one and I can’t wait to see him use it. He’s all about that desert reward at the end of dinner, so I’m hoping this will do the trick while I start adding in more ‘undesirables’ to his menu options.
And the tried and true way to getting Brooks to eat more vegetables…this blender. I make smoothies often and B loves them. I add in handfuls of spinach with a banana and almond milk smoothie I make and he drinks it up like it’s a milkshake. I also add this collagen peptide to our smoothies which is said to be good for hair, skin, bone and joint mobility and regeneration. So when he eats 4 hotdogs in a week, I can feel better about myself because he’s had his peptides, probiotics and veggies in other forms of food. 🙂 For more smoothie recipes see HERE and HERE.
Alright y’all, those are my tricks for getting a toddler to eat more vegetables and a well-balanced meal. If you have any parenting hacks for kids eating healthy, leave me a comment below and share with me and other readers! I’m always looking for more ammo in my mom belt. 😉
Thanks for reading!
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