We all know kids love playing with their food, but as parents, we too should play with their food before they do! Providing kids with the proper balance of fruits, veggies, and protein can be a challenge.
Here are a few tips from my DEN:
Smash Fruit. Jams and jellies have unnecessary added sugars and the last thing I want is to start my daughter’s day with a sugar over-load. I love smashing up fruit for my daughter and adding to toast, waffles, or bagels. Some of her favorites are smashed raspberries, blueberries, bananas, and peach.
Roll into Balls. Why do kids love bite-sized balls of food? Some things just can’t be explained. I often buy veggie burgers and cook as instructed, wait a minute to cool, and then roll into bite-sized balls, as you would a standard meatball. My daughter LOVES these.
Protein Spreads. If I give my daughter a piece of turkey, she tells me she doesn’t like it. If I give her a protein spread, she asks for more. Go figure?! I came up with this out of necessity. My daughter refused to eat protein, so I was determined to find a way with the help of a food processor. I use four steps to make protein spreads.
- Pick a protein (chicken, turkey meat, chickpeas, tempeh)
- Pick something to bind the mixture (greek yogurt, avocado, or hummus)
- Throw in some veggies- they can’t taste them, so why not? (spinach, carrots, or celery)
- Blend in a food processor and add some salt and pepper to taste.
We hope a couple of these #CUBfood tips make way into your DEN!