My kid is picky. It is one of the great annoyances of motherhood for me to have a toddler who is SO PICKY about food. My hubby was a picky child, and I am a really adventurous eater, so one of my goals as a mom is to raise an adventurous eater like me. I’ll pause here so fellow parents can laugh at that goal.
I know that I can’t control my kid’s pickiness, but I CAN control how much or how little I give in to it. So, I’m constantly on a quest to figure out how to transition my child off of junky processed foods and onto healthier options and more variety. Sometimes it goes well, and sometimes it doesn’t, but I want to do a better job being consistent in my efforts and in sharing them.
This switch is so simple that I hesitated to even share it with you. My kid LOVES fruit and would eat it all day every day if he had the choice. But, I hate buying fruit cups for him. I don’t like all the sugar that comes in the syrup, even the “no sugar added” kinds. Even if the fruit is in fruit juice instead of syrup, there is so much sugar in there that he just doesn’t need. So, one day I finally realized, “Hey! I can just make these myself!” Duh.
His favorite fruit cups are mandarin oranges and peaches. So I bought a bag of clementines on sale and a couple of bags of frozen sliced peaches (no sugar added, of course). Then all I had to do was peel and cut up the clementines, and let the peaches thaw before I chopped them up. Easy peasy. Plus, using frozen peaches saves me a step in prepping, so I’m winning all the way around.
If your kiddos like fruit cups, try making your own fruit cups–you can even buy pre-cut fruit in the produce section to make it easy on yourself. It’s definitely not easy to switch your kids from processed to whole foods, but it is worth it to help instill those healthy habits early on!