I was a PAINFULLY picky eater, so I guess I had this coming to me. My one-time chowhound has now resolved to only eat crackers, raisins, nuts and blueberries (and of course cookies, French fries and pizza, should they be offered). He won’t even eat cheese. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that my own spawn is shunning the best food on the planet.
I’m trying to remain calm about it. I keep offering him healthy options and try not to get frustrated when he’ll eat 1/10 of what I give him. I’m pretty sure that this is his way of asserting control in his little world and I’m working on giving up a little control on my end.
I just wish he wasn’t so darn skinny to start with. If it weren’t for his cloth diapers, his pants would fall down around his ankles! I know he must be getting enough between his milk and the random amalgam of snacks he chomps through the day, but I’m working on some strategies to up his nutrient intake. Number one in this plan is smoothies!
Smoothies to the Rescue?
On Tuesday, I talked up Jamba Juice to him all day and told him that we were going there for dinner with Daddy. We gave him a smoothie in his own cup and were very dramatic about how much we were enjoying our smoothies. He took the bait! He drank probably a quarter of the regular size smoothie, which seems like a lot for a little guy.
Phase two started yesterday with smoothie making at home. It was messy, but we enjoyed a nice berry smoothie for a snack (complete with yogurt!). Today, I’m going to try slipping in some of my magic green drink to up the veggie and probiotic quotient.
Wish me luck on the smoothie endeavor. I’m pretty sure he’ll like them for about a week and then be totally over it, but there’s always hope!