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MY FOODIE FAMILY FRIDAY TIPS – Find them all here …

Each Friday I will write a wee  MY FOODIE FAMILY FRIDAY TIP and update them along the way here

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Vegetables dont stay fresh in the vegetable bin part of the fridge do they ?
After a few days the broccoli and celery are saggy and the lettuce is wilting. By the time the next grocery shop rolls around they have all seen better days and its time to buy some more and start again.
Inspired by my sister in law – Try putting your vegetables in the largest size sistema or tupperware container . I PROMISE your vegetables will stay fresh for much much longer ! Its also handy as you get out the whole box rather than going back and forth to the fridge for other bits and pieces

tupperware tip

 

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # At your evening meal, why not try buffet style and give the kids small tongs to use to serve themselves. You might find the attractiveness of the ” task” encourages them to put more on their plates and try something they normally wouldn’t.

 

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # It can take up to TEN , YES TEN, exposures of a food for a child to really decide if they like it or not.
So try to remember that instead of assuming your child doesn’t like banana or avocado etc, it may just take a few different tastes of it before it is accepted into a baby’s or toddlers food repertoire.

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # If you REALLY want your child to eat something that is on their plate- don’t put everything on all at once- just serve up the food item you want eaten first . In our household its usually the meat , so I hold off on the vegetables or other bits an pieces and start with the meat . Once that is attempted , I will serve Ezra up the rest.

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP# Always have wraps in the fridge ! Store in a large ziplock bag and they will keep for ages and I mean a couple of weeks if you need them to. They are perfect for….
1. Cutting into triangles and baking – serving like chips with dip
2. Making into mini pizzas for a kids throw together dinner – just add tomato paste, chopped meat or ham , a bit of baby spinach, tomatoes and cheese
3. Making a quesadilla or as I call it a pizza sandwich- throw fillings in between 2 wraps and lightly fry in a fry pan until browned and cheese has melted
4. Making a quick lunchtime toasted wrap for mum – just add some baked beans , cheese and baby spinach sandwich replacement.

quesadilla

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Mix it up a bit . Again if some meal times are a struggle try serving it in a different place. Make a big deal about it, and how lucky they are to eat their lunch /dinner somewhere different for a special treat. Maybe outside on a picnic blanket , or move their mini table to the lounge. Iv’e even done a smoothie in the bath (it was one of those days!). I’m not saying do this all the time , but try it and something different just might work on those fussy eaters in the family !

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Do you have a fussy eater when it comes to dinner ?
Or is dinner an absolute disaster by the time 5 or 6pm rolls around?
Have you considered it may be partly because they are tired? They are still so small and can have such big days just by being at kindy or out and about with you! I know after a half day at kindy then a bike ride my little man is just exhausted.
Something to think about might be to give them a dinner styled meal at lunchtime ? Lots of vegetables, some good carbohydrates and some meat , or leftovers from last night ?
Giving dinner at lunch means they get all the goodness you would normally give them at dinner time at lunch time … but the difference is , THEY WILL EAT IT. This way , on days that are hectic and the children are exhausted if they have a sandwich or yoghurt and fruit at dinner you don’t need to worry and there is a STRESS FREE DINNER!

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Recently, I served Ezra up a chicken drumstick. He is normally not overly fussy about food but on this occasion (probably due to tiredness) he wouldn’t even touch his chicken. The chicken was about the only thing on his plate I wanted him to eat , so I tried cutting it off the bone and into smaller pieces for him. Nope still no success!! My last resort was to put it all onto a skewer and call it a chicken lollypop (weird , I know). BUT it worked , that chicken was gone in a matter of about 42 seconds. So trying something completely different just might work if you are having trouble.
Things that have worked for us include…
Mini meatballs on a stick alternated with halved cherry tomatoes and cheese cubes
How many peas can we fit on this fork ?
Try this beetroot, it makes your tounge pink

chicken

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Try to eat at the dinner table with minimal distractions like phones, tablets or TV . It allows children (and adults) to really focus on meal times and feelings of hunger and fullness.

 

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Try to eat at the dinner table with minimal distractions like phones, tablets or TV . It allows children (and adults) to really focus on meal times and feelings of hunger and fullness.

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # If you have a younger child ie (1-3) and you are having trouble getting them to eat , consider the amount of milk they are having a day !
At one year of age children need 2 servings or cups of milk a day. Milk can be very filling and prevent proper meals being eaten. Offer milk after meals and this may encourage your little one to eat a better breakfast , lunch or dinner.

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Come 4 pm some children can be so overtired and hungry . It can be hard not to fiill them up on snacks and foods with not much nutritional benefit just to get them through to dinner time .
Two options might be helpful for this situation
1. Give them dinner at 4.30 ! If it’s been one of those days , just give them dinner early. They can be fed , bathed and have playtime all before 6pm and you will feel more organised for it too!
2. If number one isn’t an option , make sure the afternoon snack they are having are good ones . A glass of milk and vegetables (chopped carrot and celery etc) can be good options. This can also mean you can leave the vegetable portions out of their dinners if you are happy they have had enough!

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP# Provide choice !! If you have a fussy eater who you struggle to get some foods into , why not give them a few options .
Say something like, which vegetables would you like with your dinner tonight ? Peas, broccoli or beans ? by helping make the choice they may be more likely to eat it.

FOODIE FRIDAY TIP # Involve children in meal planning and preparation. This helps them feel involved and potentially more likely to try snd enjoy what they have helped plan and prepare!

You can purchase our My Foodie Family meal planner here :: www.myfoodiefamily.co.nz/shop

It includes 52 pages of tear off weekly meal planning with shopping lists. There are magnets on the back so it can attach to your fridge for easy access !

 

 



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