I don’t know about you, but we’ve had a few interesting food experiences over the years. Like the pictures below, we have a plethora of spaghetti-crusted-head and messy-face memories in our photo albums. Unfortunately, we’ve also had our share of picky eating, food thrown on the floor, temper-tantrums about *icky* food, and complete stiff-lipped refusal of meals.
I bet we all could tell some tales!
Several things have helped with my own picky eaters over the years, but my main go-to method is to choose healthy foods for our meals and make the same dishes for everyone. I try to take in preferences, but I am not a short-order cook. If the girls refuse to eat it, that’s fine. They have the choice of leaving the table or eating what’s in front of them. Some might say I’m hard-nosed about it, but I don’t bribe or cajole. The three of them are actually really good eaters now, and while they do have definite things they don’t like, they’ve learned to at least taste them!
Of course, many *food fights* can be avoided simply by serving your child healthy food that tastes good…and avoiding processed foods from the beginning. Especially if you have babies and toddlers, you are probably already familiar with Happy Family (I’ve shared a few deals on their products before). I love that they offer healthy, organic foods for babies and toddlers.
As you can tell from the photo below, my early elementary kiddos apparently like the products, too:
(I’m envious because I missed out on the whole squeezey pouches trend when my girls were toddlers. They definitely would have come in handy!)
One of our more recent food experiences happened over the past 12 months. I will never forget last year when we changed to a healthier (and gluten-free diet). The very first day of our change, the girls cried and cried. Literally. I felt terrible, so I decided to make a special gluten-free coconut chocolate cookie—which they said was the most horrible thing ever. Persistence is good, however. One year later, they love the health-i-fied cookies and eat them up!
Just remember, it takes quite a few tastings of new foods to become comfortable with them, so don’t give up too early!
You can find Happy Family on YouTube with some interesting (and sometimes funny) food stories from other bloggers.
If you would like to learn more about Happy Family , you can visit their website at Happy Family to learn more about how they were founded, the products they make, and their support of Project Peanut Butter, a nonprofit that feeds starving children in Malawi, Mali and Sierra Leone. You can also find Happy Family on Facebook and on Twitter.
Side note: I also noticed a coupon for $1 off 2 products when I was visiting the FB page!
Disclosure: I participated in this post on behalf of Burst Media. I was compensated for my time and commitment, but all opinions are my own.