We are forever encouraging our little ones to eat more fruit and veg. In all honesty they are pretty good with their fruit, it’s just the vegetables we need to work upon.
Thankfully we are able to fool both J and E into eating almost ten vegetables in one sitting through the power of soup. Oh soup, it’s such a wonderful dish especially during the autumn months. We really ought to make more soup, at least try a wider range of recipes as the children seem fixated upon one specific soup which although I adore, can become tiresome at times.
We try to stick to the ‘five a day rule’ and have even found products such as pizzas with hidden goodies in to ease the pressure. J has recently announced a love for lettuce, lettuce sandwiches to be precise but it’s a start with salad at least! J’s really into his meat these days and will happily chow down chicken, beef, ham or whatever else you fancy throwing his way. Cold cuts are J’s idea of food heaven and what better way to fill him with protein and vits than a cold meat salad?
E isn’t as easy to persuade when it comes to food. If my parents ever thought I was fussy then my daughter is double that. Perhaps karma has bitten me in the backside, either way she is trouble when at the table.
E has the uncanny knack of being able to bork and spontaneously spew should you even attempt to feed her a food which she isn’t comfortable with eating nor trying. To prevent the puke we tend to play it safe and stick to the simple samey-samey stuff. It may be bland and boring but it makes meals times a million times less stressful.
We’ve tried everything when it comes to E including blatant bribery but hell hath no fury like my daughters utter disgust at the concept of trying new foods. She won’t even try sweet treats should they be ‘unknown’ to her which leaves with us all the more sticky toffee pudding, gingerbread and fruit cake for ourselves. Seriously though, I can understand turning your nose up at a sprout but a sponge cake?!
I’ve spent five years or more reassuring myself that one day things will be different, one day she will give things a try. Yet here we are providing five packed lunches per week and the same menu as two years back.
Thank the flip for fruit; our children adore apples, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, grapes and all kinds of colourful, healthy delights. Here they are apparently modelling their ‘Apple faces’ this evening and despite our diet based issues, these kids are mine are certainly the apples of my eye!
Our Little Fruit Loving Fairy Princess
My Fruity Little Fella
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