This post is from contributing writer Mary Voogt of Just Take A Bite.
There are a few parts of parenting that should be easy…and yet they are not. Like potty training, getting kids to sleep and feeding. All basic human functions that little humans don’t seem very good at!
The first two get significantly better after the age of five. But that last one can be a challenge from day one on.
Feeding Kids is Fun!
My love language is feeding people. Seriously. I am so happy if I can cook nourishing food for friends and family. It is one of my favorite things to do.
Before I had kids I couldn’t wait to feed them! When my first child was little I was giddy when she was finally old enough for solids.
But like most aspects of parenting things don’t always go as you plan.
In my nine years of parenting I have been faced with challenge after challenge when it comes to feeding my kids. Everything from oral sensory processing disorder to extreme allergies to complete refusal to eat anything. Talk about crushing this mama’s spirit!
Join the Club.
Have you been there? Do any of these sound familiar?
- Is your child a picky eater?
- Is your child an under-eater/doesn’t eat enough?
- Does your child never seem hungry or can’t listen to his own hunger cues?
- Does your child struggle with chewing and swallowing food?
- Does your child eat really slowly?
- Does your child have a very limited diet due to refusal to eat certain foods or whole food groups?
- Does your child only want starchy foods?
- Is your child hungry all the time but never seems to get full and doesn’t gain weight?
If any of these resonate with you, welcome! You are in good company. I’ve dealt with all of them! My first child could hardly chew. My second child eats non-stop but never seems to get full. My third child just stopped eating all together! Unique challenges that all left me frustrated and unsure of how to keep going.
But I did not give up. God does not give us more than we can handle. And He has a purpose for our struggles. I have successfully come out on the other side of our eating trials. I now have three well-nourished, good eaters.
Want to know my secret?
I let my kids drink their way to full health! After I had exhausted every other method of getting my kids to eat I figured out that the root causes of eating challenges are often nutritional deficiencies, poor gut health and allergies. So I addressed all of them at the same time with nutrient-dense drinks that taste amazing.
And one cup at a time my kids got back to full health. Even my toddler that literally got the point of eating nothing. She had so many allergies I was actually afraid that she would run out of safe food to eat. Now she can eat almost anything! And eat she does. I am truly humbled and amazed every single day when I watch her eat.
My little half pint (our nickname for her because she’s so tiny due to her eating challenges) will now grab the serving bowl of Brussels sprouts at the dinner table and declare they are hers and that nobody else can eat any. And she actually eats almost all of them! She asks for sauerkraut and roasted beets for a bedtime snack. Sardines and eggs top her list of lunch options. She’ll eat gelled homemade broth or desiccated liver right off a spoon.
Now it’s Your Turn.
Are you ready to turn your picky eater into a well-nourished, veggie lover? Check out my book Easy Nourishment For Picky Eaters. I have over twenty delicious drink recipes that are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Pick a new flavor every day to get on your way to full health.
Today I’m sharing my son’s favorite drink – peach cobbler. He requests this all the time – even when he’s sick! It tastes like fresh peach cobbler on a sunny, summer day.
- 1 peach (home canned, fresh or frozen), peeled and pitted
- ½ cup plain, whole milk yogurt or sour cream (or coconut milk yogurt or ¼ cup water + 1 Tbsp. collagen)
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
- ½ capsule probiotics (1 serving)
- Pinch unrefined sea salt
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- ¼ tsp. camu camu powder
- ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
- ⅛ avocado (optional - adds thickness)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Eating challenges can make day-to-day parenting stressful. Turn those struggles around and bring the joy back to meal times with nourishing drinks. A well-nourished child is a happy child.
For more information on picky eating and other feeding issues check out my book Why Won’t My Child Eat?!. I get down to the root cause and give tips for getting back on track.
Your kids can learn to cook, even if you don’t know where to start.
My kids and I created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help bring real food and independence to families all over. Over 10,000 kids have joined us and we’d love to invite you along for the adventure!