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Nichole from Franklin, Tn asks...

Their List is Endless

Dear Junebug: My husband and I currently have his children living with us on a full-time basis until their mother moves into her house this fall. After that we will do shared parenting. I'm running into a "HUGE" roadblock when it comes to feeding the kids. I have a picky household all with the exception of me. One child eats no fruit (huh?) the other no veggies (scratching my head) and a hubby who prefers sweets to most anything else. It amazes me how difficult it is to get them to eat. One likes fries but not potatoes, and the other only likes sweet potato fries. They both hate broccoli and the list goes on and on. I am not going to bend on good nutrition and yet I am failing at finding something they both will eat and is nutritious. Junebug, I need your help, wisdom and any advice you may have. Have a blessed day!

Posted in Children on Tue, Aug 17th 2010

Camouflage the Food

Dear Nichole:

I have raised four children and have dealt with these same issues. I have a few suggestions that worked well for us so I will pass them on to you.

Our 21 year old son has never eaten a vegetable in his life and still is quite the picky eater. I quickly learned that I would have to outsmart him for I couldn't justify his poor eating habits as "something he'll have to outgrow".  No, I'm much too conscientious to calmly settle for that. So I bought a commercial grade food blender and blended up vegetables to include in my chili, spaghetti sauces, soups, and even my taco meat! I liquefied the "green monsters" and he never knew the difference. I put carrots, onions, green peppers, celery, garlic and mushrooms into that blender. He ate them all without a second's hesitation. Success!

Another nifty idea I happened upon is this. I do not like fruit but I know how healthy fruit is, so I used that same commercial blender and started making real fruit smoothies for my children and me. I toss in any fruit I have - bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc. - add a tablespoon of yogurt, a bit of honey, juice or milk and ice. Once you blend this nutritious drink together you have a fruit milkshake. Everyone loves the smoothies,even the picky eaters. They make an excellent breakfast too!

So, Nichole be creative, and remember you can always add any vegetable to most any dish, just camouflage it. 

I'm hungry now talking about all this food. Time for lunch? Yes, lunch it is! 

Junebug