Earlier this week, I found myself trying to convince O to eat his greens. How easy is it to make sure the kids get their vitamins? I’d served up fishcake with new potatoes, broccoli, asparagus and sugarsnap peas.
I made a deal with him that if he ate it all, he could have an ice cream for pudding.
After much pushing things around the plate and tears caused by his dislike for vegetables, I agreed that he should eat the new potatoes and the leaves from the broccoli trees. Because we all know broccoli is just a load of mini trees.
We got there eventually with the potatoes. Now for the broccoli. He said “I don’t need to eat the broccoli, Mummy because there’s peas in the fishcake.” I stifled laughter as I figure he think the herbs in the fishcake are peas… He picked off one tiny ‘branch’ and carried on and on about his dislike for broccoli.
Now, I know kids do have their dislikes just like any adult. And before we all get on the bandwagon, I know he eats this stuff at nursery and always has done. He just likes kicking up a fuss for me in the hope that he can have pizza or pasta instead. But I never give in. Ever. Why he won’t learn this, I don’t know.
Anyway, he eventually went off up to bed having eaten a fishcake, some new potatoes and one measly branch of broccoli, accompanied by a squidge of tomato ketchup. Needless to say, the fight in me is becoming weaker.
So, I’ve been thinking of ways I can maybe try to convince him to eat better at home so that I can be sure he’s getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that he needs to grow and stay healthy. Here’s what I’ve come up with. Let me know if you have any
better other ideas!
“Eating Vegetables will give you Super Powers!” Ok, lying is probably not a good thing to be teaching my kid. But carrots do make you see in the dark, right? My mum always told me that so it must be true…
“It’s not a tomato and vegetable sauce, it’s a volcano pasta dinner!” Hiding vegetables in sauces and pretending it’s some sort of volcanic dish is about the only way I think I can guarantee a clean plate. Who am I kidding, who can guarantee anything when it comes to kids and food?!
“Try this carrot sword dipped in gunk [avocado dip]!” O does prefer raw vegetables such as peppers and carrots to the cooked versions. I suppose I could offer these up a little more often and see how we get on.
One thing I have absolutely no idea of how to get O to try it is oily fish such as mackerel. I absolutely love the stuff and attempted to get him to eat a beautiful salad recipe a few weeks ago, but had no luck. Maybe for now, supplements will be the way forward. Pharma Nord’s BIOmega-3 don’t taste at all like the the fish that we struggle to convince O to eat, but instead taste of a natural lemon flavour – easily chewed or taken from a spoon. Omega 3 is hugely beneficial for brain and eye development, but also great for concentration – particularly topical at the moment as O is preparing to start ‘big’ school.
Do you struggle to get your children to eat well? What are your tips and tricks?
This is a post written in collaboration with Pharma Nord.