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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of May 21, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

The start of a new week…in May…and I have a couple kids with fevers. This year has been crazy in terms of illness. I’ve been hearing of pink eye, strep throat and the flu going around again! I’m sure the up and down weather hasn’t helped. But I sure am anxious for summer when we have no activities and can be outside all day soaking up Vitamin D. We need to stock back up after the winter.

I’m so glad that we can take it easy this week. Maybe we can do some fun baking projects and take more walks through the orchard. We’re all enjoying the relaxation after a busy school year.

New Recipes

My oldest got a new cookbook for her birthday. We’ve been trying a few of the recipes. This week we’re trying Porky Chops – adapted to be gluten free. And I’ve been creating some new recipes. Hopefully I’ll have time to post them soon!

I’m still researching about HTMA and learning more about our results. We have a couple weeks yet before our consults to really get a plan of action.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu this week? Trying anything new?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

Sunday
B – cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot pork roast, rice, carrots
D – sandwiches with homemade lunch meat, veggies with dip, chips
prep: make dip, boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – pesto salmon pasta, broccoli
prep: make pesto, soak oats
notes: 

Tuesday
B – oatmeal with blueberries
D – tacos, peas
prep: soak beans
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – chili, corn bread
prep: bake corn bread
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, avocado
D – porky chops, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bar
D – sunbutter sandwiches, olives, peppers, clementines
prep: bake cookies
notes: packed dinner

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast
D – TBD – kids’ choice
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs...but real food style! But it doesn't require any extra effort. What's on your menu?

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of May 14, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs…but real food style! But it doesn’t require any extra effort. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs...but real food style! But it doesn't require any extra effort. What's on your menu?

Happy Mother’s Day! Such a special day because I know how hard all you mamas work every day! Give yourself some love and some extra snuggle time with your kiddos.

Bye Bye Birthday

We’re finally slowing down this week. Only a few activities and a trip to the doctor for yearly check-ups. And since we did a ton of cleaning yesterday my house is looking good. That means we have time to get our school work done and then have some fun! Maybe we’ll take advantage of the (finally) warm weather and go hiking.

I’m just happy I don’t have to bake any birthday cakes this week! We did have a ton of fun celebrating my son’s sixth birthday. But I’m thankful we get a little break now. Although in typical planner fashion I’m already brainstorming for my toddler’s birthday at the end of August. After four birthdays in a row here I’ve realized one thing…she hates frosting. She really doesn’t like much of anything sweet besides basic fruit (I guess I’ve trained her well). So we may have to skip the cake for her this year and do something simple like popsicles (fine with me!!). But I’ve got time to figure that out.

New Recipes!

Are you anxious for some new recipes? I’ve got some in the works. And hopefully I’ll have time to experiment with them now that we aren’t so busy. My goal is to get back on track with Kids Cook Real Food so my kids can start experimenting too!

Results are In!

Last week we got the results from the HTMAs we did. I can’t even explain how excited I am. But I have to wait a few weeks for our consults to really dig into the info and have a plan of action. On a positive note I was so, so, so happy to see that my toddler is in the normal range on almost everything!! All of our hard work to get her back to full health has been paying off!! She is seriously the most amazing eater now (follow along on Instagram to see her snacks and meals). God is good.

Now for the food. Here is our picky eaters meal plan. We do have a couple nights of quick/easy meals again. But we still keep it real. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs...but real food style! But it doesn't require any extra effort. What's on your menu?

Sunday
B –  cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot roast turkey, rice, broccoli
D – grilled brats and sausage, jello, peas, chips
prep: kids make jello
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sloppy joes, french fries, beans
prep: boil eggs
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – ring balogna, cheese, crackers, veggies with hummus, jello
prep: make hummus
notes: early, light, prep ahead dinner

Wednesday
B – bagel with cream cheese
D – salmon cakes, rice, squash
prep: prep smoothies
notes: make mayo

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – cheese quiche, roasted cabbage, pearsauce
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bar
D – sunbutter sandwiches, olives, clementines
prep: bake bread
notes: packed dinner

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
D – grilled burgers, beans, roasted potatoes
prep: 
notes: 

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Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of May 7, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilled cheese, meatballs and waffles. Plus another special birthday celebration. We’ll soon have a six-year old in the house!This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilled cheese, meatballs and waffles. Plus another special birthday celebration. We'll soon have a six-year old in the house!

We made it! Well, almost. My husband has been out of town since last Sunday. We are all more than ready to have him home (tonight!!). Doing double duty for a week sure has worn me out.

Happy Birthday…Again!

But no rest for the weary. My son turns six on Tuesday! So it’s back to the kitchen to bake a special cake. We’re trying some natural food coloring so we’ll see how it goes. He really wants a blue dog on his cake. He also wants grilled cheese for his birthday dinner so I need to bake another loaf of bread.

Thankfully after this week most of our regular activities are done for the year. I am so excited for a slower pace for a while. Especially since the farm work is just starting to ramp up!

Now for the food. It’s back to normal meals this week with Daddy home. Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu?This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilled cheese, meatballs and waffles. Plus another special birthday celebration. We'll soon have a six-year old in the house!

Sunday
B –  hard boiled egg, toast
L – roast beef, potatoes, carrots
D – tacos, roasted cabbage
prep: bake bread, bake cake
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: make frosting, soak oats
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – oatmeal with blueberries
D – grilled cheese, roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts, fruit salad (Birthday dinner request)
prep: decorate cake, prep smoothies
notes:

Wednesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – crockpot pork chops, rice, beans
prep:
notes: prep ahead dinner

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit
D – meatballs, buttered noodles, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – ring balogna, cheese, crackers, veggies with dip, clementines
prep: chop veggies, make hummus
notes: dinner at t-ball game

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it's easy, nourishing meals all week long.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 30, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it’s easy, nourishing meals all week long.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it's easy, nourishing meals all week long.

It’s almost May…hopefully that means the rain ends soon and we get lots of sun!! We’re ready for more May flowers.

Let the Farming Begin!

This is an exciting week as we just moved our chickens outside to their coop. The garden is well under way too. It’s actually starting to feel like a working farm! And we’re all loving it.

We’ve got another busy, but fun week. We’re taking a little train ride and checking out a new home school co-op. The kids are very excited.

No Picky Eaters?

I’m trying to be a little creative in the kitchen this week with some different meals. I’m putting my “not picky eaters” to the test. Will they like liverwurst and lentils for dinner? We’ll see!

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Have a blessed week with lots of nourishing food. What’s on your menu? Anything new or exciting?This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it's easy, nourishing meals all week long.

Sunday
B –  toast with sunbutter, smoothies
L – crockpot roast chicken, rice, peas
D – avocado chicken salad, peppers and cucumbers with dip
prep: make graham crackers, bake bread
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – squash and sausage soup, muffins
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
D – salmon cakes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep: make hummus
notes:

Wednesday
B – salmon, roasted cauliflower
D – black eye peas, liverwurst, rice, spinach
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – red lentil soup, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sausage, chips with guacamole, clementines
prep: 
notes: dinner at t-ball game

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast, avocado
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cabbage
prep: 
notes: 

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Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

How to Handle Food Allergies When You’re Not at Home

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

It is very common in the world of real food to be on some type of restricted diet. Whether it be paleo, AIP, keto, GAPS, low FODMAP or another healing diet. Then there are those who have to avoid certain foods due to allergies. Either way it makes eating somewhere other than your own home challenging.

What Can You Do?

The easiest solution is to always eat at home. But let’s be realistic. There will be times that you have to eat out or get an invitation from a friend to have dinner together or even eat with family. In order to avoid going hungry or appearing rude you need to take measures to ensure there is safe food for you and your family.

I deal with it all the time. My family has dealt with a myriad of allergies over the last few years. This is in addition to trying restricted healing diets. We even did have a stretch where we didn’t eat at a restaurant for over a year because there were just too many severe allergies. But I’ve learned how to live with food restrictions and still eat somewhere other than my own home. Here are some simple coping strategies to make this task easier.

Eating at a Restaurant Tips:

  1. Choose a restaurant with an actual chef. They can accommodate almost any request.
  2. Ask for your food plain. Most restaurants have chicken breast and broccoli. They can even cook it in water to avoid unhealthy or unsafe fats.
  3. Choose meals with individual components (meat, vegetable, starch) instead of mixed foods like pasta and burritos.
  4. Order a few sides instead of a main dish. A baked potato, salad and a vegetable makes a good meal.
  5. Don’t be afraid to bring your own food. A salad is a great grain free option. Simply bring a small bottle of your own dressing to make it healthy. I often bring extra raw vegetables for my kids to add to their meals since restaurants have a limited selection and they are sometimes prepackaged with unsafe fats.
  6. Speak up! It’s not always easy, but in my experience most restaurants do their best to accommodate special dietary needs. My little secret? Regardless of why you have to avoid the food I always say it’s an allergy. They’re more likely to respond well to an allergy request than an “I don’t eat that” request.

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?Eating with Friends or Family Tips:

  1. Ask for the menu ahead of time. Let your host know you have allergies and you want to be sure there are safe foods. It’s much easier to work through the details in advance than showing up and having to decline everything offered.
  2. Offer to bring a component of the meal. If grains are the problem you can offer to bring homemade bread or rolls that are safe. Maybe you want to be sure there will be plenty of vegetables. Offer to bring a salad or roasted vegetables. Bring something safe so there will be at least one thing you can eat.
  3. Eat a light snack before you go. Then even if there are limited options you won’t go hungry. Enjoy what you can eat and focus on enjoying time with friends. Don’t draw attention to the food.
  4. Be the host. This is usually my default. I’m glad I like to cook! Since my kids are the ones with allergies I try to take the responsibility of hosting and preparing special food.
  5. Speak up! This applies to friends and families just as it does to restaurants. Most people are more than happy to accommodate special diets. If it’s someone I don’t know well I still always call any food restrictions allergies.

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?It’s Just Food.

Food restrictions tend to cause me anxiety. Sometimes the most important thing is to remember it’s just food. It’s just one meal. Focus on the conversation and the company. Know that most people want to help and are more than happy to make special accommodations for you. It may take a little courage, but you can work around food allergies without being stuck at home. Then you can turn around and be a blessing to someone else when it’s your turn to host. It’s always my first question when I invite someone over for a meal – do you have any special dietary needs? When the host starts the conversation, it makes the whole process easier for everyone.

There is no need to shy away from family gatherings or a special meal out when dealing with special dietary needs. Simply follow these tips to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone!

How do you cope with special diets when you’re not at home? Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 23, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.

My daughter’s birthday week extravaganza is over. I can finally relax and get back to normal life. She is my party girl. If there is a reason to celebrate she likes to do it big. Now I have less than two weeks until my son’s birthday! Time to start planning his cake.

Almost Done.

Lots of our regular activities are winding down (cue mama’s happy dance). Over the next few weeks we’ll be back to a more relaxed schedule. This week is still go, go, go. At least we get to go to the zoo!

I have a lot of great stuff coming for you in the next few weeks. Hopefully I can have laser focus and get it all done.

Our Menu.

Now on to the food. Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. Keeping it simple as always. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit, smoothies
L – crockpot roast beef, potatoes, carrots
D – sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, veggies with dip, jello
prep: make granola bars, chop veggies, make granola, make jello
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – tacos, peas
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – waffles, bacon, roasted red cabbage
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – sloppy joes, squash
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – sausage, coffee cake, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – sausage, coffee cake
D – TBD – kids plan and prep
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 16, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Happy Easter!! And Happy 9th Birthday to my oldest (tomorrow)!

Let’s Get Going!

We have a busy week ahead with family over, celebrating my daughter’s birthday, a trip to the zoo, two dentist appointments, our usual activities, bringing a meal to a friend and a party. I’m not sure how this all ended up this week. I hope I’m up for the challenge!

I’m glad my big kids will be able to help me in the kitchen this week. They each get turns to make dinner. And hopefully help me bake too.

Do You Know The Facts?

Have you been tuning in to The Truth About Vaccines documentary? I can’t focus on anything else. It is so fascinating…and infuriating. Parents need to know the facts and have a choice!

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit, smoothies 
L – crockpot ham, scalloped potatoes, beans, carrots, fruit salad
D (Birthday dinner) – CA BLT, sauteed broccoli, sweet potato fries, cheesecake
prep: decorate cake, soak beans
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – ham and bean soup, crackers with cheese, peppers with dip
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – tacos, peas
prep: prep meal for friend, boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – goulash, squash
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – cheeseburgers, roasted potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – waffles, bacon, broccoli
prep: make chocolate covered pretzels, cut fruits and veggies, make lemonade
notes: 

Saturday
B – waffles, smoothies
D – egg muffins, peas, muffins
prep: make granola bars
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my kids will clear their plates!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 9, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my  kids will clear their plates!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my kids will clear their plates!

We thought it might never come…but spring is finally here! It’s supposed to be around 70 degrees today!! I just hope it stays. We could all use some time in the sun and fresh air.

Back to Normal.

In spite of the nasty weather we had a lot of fun on spring break. But this week it’s back to normal routines (and I’m glad!).

My goal this week is to get the kids back in the kitchen with me. My oldest needs to work on some new skills that she’s learning in the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse. My daughter is almost 9 and already doing some of the advanced skills. You can sign your kids up too and get a free download with 10 healthy snacks kids can make by themselves.

Now on to the food! Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters (though picky eaters don’t really exist in my house anymore).

What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my kids will clear their plates!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | muffins, smoothies
L – crockpot roast beef, roasted potatoes and carrots
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – stuffed cabbage un-rolls, applesauce
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, clementines
D – honey herb chicken, rice, peas
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, grapes
D – meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes, beans
prep: soak oats
notes:

Thursday
B – oatmeal, blueberries
D – chicken noodle casserole, Brussels sprouts, peaches
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – salmon cakes, broccoli, french fries
prep: make Miracle Whip
notes: 

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast
D – brats, onion rings, squash
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband - lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat...the first time in over a year!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 2, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband – lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat…the first time in over a year!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband - lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat...the first time in over a year!

Is it really April already? March was a bit of a fog with sickness. But now everyone is healthy and ready to get out in the nice spring weather!! Hopefully it will stick around now since this week is spring break.

We aren’t going on any fancy trips. But we are taking a break from our regular school work to do fun stuff like hiking, a Spanish puppet show and making a fair garden. The kids and I want to work on barn clean up too. Our chicks are getting so big. They’ll be out in the coop before we know it. We might spend some time in the kitchen. I have to see if the kids have any requests.

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Happy Birthday!

This week we have another celebration – my husband’s birthday! He requested lasagna for his birthday dinner. And we’re making grasshopper pie for dessert. Then as a really special treat we are going out to eat as a family this weekend. Due to extreme allergies we haven’t been to a restaurant in over a year. My youngest has never even tasted food from a restaurant (not a bad thing if you ask me!). But we are all pretty excited to go out for once. Now I just have to find a decent restaurant.

New Food!!

We’ve been doing a little more food introduction lately. I am amazed at how much food my little one tolerates now! She is doing ok with eggs it seems, as long as we don’t go crazy and eat them every day. Which is hard because she LOVES eggs. She’s been eating clementines lately too without any reactions. Another new favorite. Plus sweet potatoes, cranberries and beets. It’s so exciting to have so many options!!

But not everything goes well when we try it. Last week we tried pineapple. The meltdowns from my two youngest were unreal. Not to mention the tummy aches and return of picky eating. That was a big NO. It bothers my husband too. So it looks like my oldest and I get to enjoy the rest.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. In my house nobody turns down tacos and cheeseburgers. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband - lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat...the first time in over a year!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | smoothies, muffins
L – crockpot roast chicken, rice, peas
D – avocado chicken salad, peppers and cucumbers with dip, crackers with cheese, clementines
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – cheeseburgers, onion rings, beans
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – tacos, corn, pearsauce
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – lasagna, garlic bread, salad
prep: make grasshopper pie
notes:

Thursday
B – breakfast cookies, smoothies
D – squash and sausage soup, muffins
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – out to eat
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

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The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Should You Force Feed a Picky Eater?

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

I am a big fan of gentle parenting. I like to let my kids make decisions, learn from their mistakes, listen to their bodies and follow their passions.

Really it is a great way to parent.

I want my kids to mature and be independent thinkers, not control their every move.

But that went out the window with my youngest when she was struggling to eat anything. She couldn’t listen to her body anymore because all she heard was fear.

Food meant pain. Food meant allergic reaction after allergic reaction. And she was too little to communicate how she felt. So she simply stopped eating.

What did I do?

I forced her to eat.

Now, before you become alarmed let me explain.

When my daughter was at the point of being afraid to eat I had to convince her brain and her belly that food could be safe. Which meant getting a few bites down.

Sometimes that meant giving her a few tortilla chips. Sometimes that meant offering her a cookie. The actual food didn’t matter. Just getting something in her empty stomach was the key.

But sometimes there was no food that would entice her enough to take a bite. And yes, sometimes I did have to try physically pushing a little bit of food into her mouth to get past the initial fear. But she sure is good at dodging that!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Enter my Secret Weapon – Nourishing drinks!

Often with picky eaters or children having allergic reactions half of the battle is the chewing process. So I skipped that and started offering delicious drinks. To my great joy my daughter started drinking them!

Want to know what happened next?

She started eating solid food again! Simply getting some safe, nourishing food in her system was enough to replenish nutrients and stimulate her appetite. And that is such a critical point.

To be clear, this did NOT happen over night. This was a long process with many setbacks like new reactions and illness. Then it was back to square one of living on nutrient-dense drinks until she was refueled enough to eat again. This has been a two year journey!

he idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Variety is Key.

One key to using drinks for nourishment is variety. We all need an assortment of vitamins and minerals every day and every week. This is especially true for kids with allergies that need to rotate food.

Picky eaters are at risk for nutritional deficiencies. In fact, these deficiencies often cause picky eating in the first place! 

So I set out to create an assortment of delicious drinks that covered a broad spectrum of nutrients to alleviate the picky eating. And I want to share it with you!

If you struggle with any of the following in your child, this book is for you!

  • picky eating
  • oral sensory processing disorder
  • allergies
  • refusal to eat certain textures
  • slow weight gain/underweight
  • won’t eat many fruits and vegetables
  • won’t eat meat
  • craves starch/carbs
  • holds food in mouth/struggles with chewing

Want to know who else it’s for? Any parents that want to boost their child’s nutrition! Yes, this book really is for everyone.

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

What’s in it?

I offer simple, nourishing drinks to help get any picky eater back on track to full health and appetite. Kids and adults alike will love these drinks that include fun flavors like apple pie a la mode and peach cobbler. The recipes in Easy Nourishment For Picky Eaters work for those with allergies. They are even safe for children as young as 6 months. Don’t let picky eating get in the way of good health. Drink your way to a well-nourished body.

Yes, there are some days that I still have to “force” my daughter to eat…just get her to take one bite and remind her that food is not scary. Her favorite way is with a “chocolate shake” loaded with healthy fats and gut-healing collagen. That is my kind of force feeding!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

It can be hard to feed an undernourished child. But take heart! He can be nourished with simple, nutrient-dense drinks. The best part is he won’t even know.

Do you have a picky eater? Did you know there could be a root cause?

Boost those nutrients and watch that picky eating turn around!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Looking for more than nourishing drinks? Check out my other book Why Won’t My Child Eat?! that has in-depth information about how to assess and deal with a picky eater.

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