This post is sponsored by Pediasure
I love that July is National Ice Cream Month and August is National Kids Eat Right Month. Way to go, America. Let’s get real though, getting your kids to eat right is not always easy. Lately my son (22 months) will stand in our food pantry stomping his foot screaming “No Mama!” when I try to convince him that goldfish are not an acceptable breakfast. And my 4 year old daughter comes up with outlandish protests about food “It’s Tuesday right Mommy? I don’t eat carrots on Tuesdays.” I also often experienced the “Ugly Face” = when a food is put in front of them that doesn’t look appealing and their faces scrunch up like I’m making them eat their own poop…Felt like screaming stop sounding like Paris Hilton with the “That’s Hot” line = when any ounce of food is remotely warm and therefore cannot be touched until it cools down (and then it’s too late)… and of course the “One Bite Wonder” – “I did eat Mom, I had one bite!” Any of this sound familiar?
Eating right is not just about picking the right foods, it’s about getting the right balance and teaching our children a healthy way to snack (as in, not all day long.) It’s a tall order, I know (see what I did there.) But we’re here to help, so here are some helpful tips that make healthful eating easier for families:
- Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. I’ve been using Apple Butter on whole grain bread and it’s been a huge hit. With me too.
- To wean your family off sugary cereals, try mixing in increasing amounts of unsweetened cereals until their taste buds have adjusted. Solid trickery.
- The ideal lunch should have lots of fiber and whole grains, some protein and healthy fat, a veggie, and just a bit of natural sugar, like a piece of fresh fruit. God Speed.
- My kids are loving eating vegetarian brown rice sushi rolls with chopsticks. It’s a mess but it’s fun and a great way to get veggies in their mouths. Mostly.
- Involve the kids in preparing healthy snacks. The other day Miss P. and I made these snack bars using PediaSure SideKicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix and they came out yummy.
- Repeat after me: The Crock Pot is my best friend. Invest.
- And lastly, try not to force kids to finish what is on their plates. Let them judge when they are done by the way they feel vs. how their plate looks. This is a challenge for me, but I’m working on it.
Now it’s your turn!
Share your best meal tips for back to school via your own social channels using hashtag #PediaSure and tagging either Misadventures in Mommyhood on Facebook or @KristinQuinnMom on Twitter and Instagram. At the end of the month I’ll pick two winners to send 2 free samples of #PediaSure Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix (#SidekicksSmoothie). I’ll pick an additional grand prize winner to win a $50 Target card, two free samples of #PediSure Fruit and Veggie Smoothie mix (#SidekicksSmoothie), and their tip featured on the PediaSure Facebook page.