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  1. Healthy Eating   
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  1. Balance   
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  1. Meal Planning   
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  1. Parenting   
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  1. Clean Eating   
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  1. Gluten Free   
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  1. Cheat Day   
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Picky Eater? 4 Easy Tips

For the first 2 years of his life my older son, Christian, was more than happy to eat any healthy concoction I put together for him...veggies, fruits, a variety of proteins. Everything I ate, he would eat, and he was more than happy with any meal Mommy made for him.

When he was about 2 1/2, Christian starting to voice his strong opinion on different foods...and by that, I mean waving his hands over his face with a strong "NO!"

But I was was up for the challenge. As committed as I am to feeding myself and my husband healthy food, I am even more committed to feeding my children healthy food.

Here are the rules I use to prepare Christian's (and my younger son Marcos') food. They are pretty much the EXACT same rules I use for my own food.

1. Include a protein source in EVERY meal.

Christian Eating

I always make sure to include a natural protein source to keep his blood sugar from spiking and crashing during the day. I do think that many times children have meltdowns because of low blood sugar (and other times they're just being kids!). Christian's favorite proteins are eggs, meatballs, chicken, and scallops (only if they are stolen from Mommy's plate...hahaha). For snacks, I will include a few raw almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, or almond butter.

2. Include raw food several times a day.

It is not necessary to go "all raw," as some people promote, but I do think that the inclusion of 1 or 2 raw foods into each meal, with all enzymes intact, assists in the proper digestion of the whole meal. I have known some people to go an entire day only consuming cooked foods, with nothing raw in their daily meals, only to suffer from gastrointestinal distress, gas pains, and bloating. Many times this can be easily resolved by just adding a few raw foods into each meal. My kids' favorites? Raw carrots and cucumbers with sea salt and olive oil. They'll also eat cauliflower (only if it's raw), but that's pretty much it. I've tried some other veggies, only to get the furious hand wave. He loves all fruits, so he'll usually have an apple, pear, banana, or kiwi with some raw nuts for snacks.

3. Include 1 complex carb that is wheat-free and gluten-free.

I truly believe wheat and gluten create havoc in most people's bodies...yes, even children. I know my son will be exposed to many different foods as he gets older, but at home I will continue to feed him (as I do myself) wheat-free and gluten-free options. This does NOT mean I purchase any of those "gluten-free" processed foods which are overloading the supermarket shelves these days. It DOES mean I include quinoa (Christian LOVES quinoa), some rice, and all varieties of potatoes.

4. Include 1 or more healthy forms of fat in every meal.

Marcos Eating

Most children (and most adults) are just not getting enough healthy fats or Omega-3s on a daily basis. Both of my sons are huge fans of coconut, love avocados, and enjoy nuts with their snacks.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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