As a mom of a picky pre-K daughter, I can totally relate. I fully understand the frustrations of putting out delicious, healthy food, only to be rejected. I stopped taking it personal a long time ago. However, it wasn't always this way. She used to be a great eater.
And to add insult to injury, I spend a ridiculous amount of money buying organic food. Also, I'm ashamed about the waste that occurs.
Yep, 12-step program here I come...
Oh, and I forgot to mention the limited palette of 30 rotating food items I have to work with. I know you mamas know what I'm talking about! Power play on my daughter's part? I'm not sure… But let's stand united, be supportive and non-judgmental, and march forward together. We can do this!
As I try to amend my enabling ways, I came across How About Cookie.
These wonderful and inventive ideas are from Selena Kohng, the Chicago-based blogger, writer, website copywriter, creative food artist, mother of three, and creator of How About Cookie. Not sure how she does it all and be so creative, but that's another topic.
Selena started How About Cookie as a way to help her own picky eater eat lunch at school. I trust her -- she's a been-there-done-that, kind-of-gal, and for that, I am encouraged. She began with bento box lunches, (which I currently make) and it grew from there. You can find out more about Selena's journey in a well-written article by Moms Project here.
Her work is inspiring, and makes you look at lunches and serving kids food in a whole new way.
I will definitely try some of these recipes and ideas; however, I must be upfront, I have some reservation about making these on a daily basis. I don't think I will have the time or patience to do so. And good for you if you can. My issue is that I am slightly afraid that I will have to make artsy-food forever, just to appease my daughter's appetite or whim. My plate is already very full with her and my 16 month old, if you know what I mean.
That said, I can certainly start by making some creations for a special day such as a birthday, class party, play date, or for a moms club potluck. Baby steps, if you will.
Be sure to visit Selena's blog for more amazing ideas.
Let us know how it goes for you and your picky eater.