Anyways, I recently bought the book The Paleo Kitchen to help B & I eat healthier (when we can) and just to get some new recipe ideas-- they talk about something called the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 which I had never heard of. Dirty Dozen foods you should buy organic because they are high in pesticide. And the Clean 15 is the best foods to buy un-organic. And then I saw the same thing on Dr. Oz and since I listen to everything he says, I totally crossed over to the organic side.
Recently after months of struggling with Cash liking almost nothing, I made a vow to him (and myself) that I would start cooking good healthy meals that would hopefully transform him from the pickiest eater ever to a toddler who loves all kinds of food. I've done a ton of research and the most important thing I learned was this: It's the parents job to offer a good and healthy variety of foods. Yes, maybe you put chicken on their plate night after night after night. And they never take a bite. But eventually they WILL. And that piece of broccoli. And that piece of apple. Leave them on their plate and do not give up. It's a long process and it's my job to make sure healthy options are always there. And if you are reading this and your toddler eats everything in sight, then I hate you. Kind of.
My go to lately is making a green smoothie for C when he gets home from school and let me tell you he devours it then asks for more!! For me it's a great way to know he's getting a lot of good-for-you stuff in one drink especially if he hasn't eaten much that day. What I do:
In a blender, I put:
- 3 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 banana
- 2 cups of frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
- 2 spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt
I pour it in a ''Take and Toss'' cup with the straw. He LOVES feeling like he's drinking out of an adult cup instead of a sippy.