It got me thinking. They’re so full of energy and they just inherently have the instincts to eat when they’re hungry. I’m not sure where that gets lost along the way, but somehow it does. We had our three main meals and if they were hungry they ate, if they weren’t hungry they played with the food. It was pretty simple. In between if they were hungry they’d ask for a snack (maybe they didn’t eat enough from the previous meal or maybe they were busy burning off the energy they just consumed or maybe they’re in a growth spurt) – it was simple, if they were hungry they ate! Now they are pretty normal 5 and 9 year olds and vegetables are not their favorite thing in all the world. But the truth of the matter is you just have to keep offering them the vegetables and offering them in different ways. Some days the 5-year old will eat the mushrooms and some days he does not. It’s the truth. No need to get riled up when he doesn’t and no need to beg them to eat them, simply keep offering. Get creative with the vegetables and make sure they’re full of flavor – healthy foods can taste good! Here are a few to get you started.
Coconut Cashew Energy Balls - not even on purpose did I plan that they were the same flavor! I only used 5 Medjool dates and added one more tablespoon of the cashew butter. These were great for having on the plane as a quick snack (with all the delay).
Homemade Taco Seasoning - I'll be honest, I can't remember where I found the homemade taco seasoningmix recipe. But when I just “googled” it right now, tons popped up. This one by the Pioneer Woman, Foods and Friends, is quite similar to the one I used. It’s so simple with all the ingredients people tend to have right at home in their pantry. Make some up and you’re good to go for Taco Tuesday. The benefit of making your own? Controlling the sodium. The packaged ones are loaded. This way you have the control and can alter the other spices so it’s not without flavor!