In February, as most of you know, Hudson turned two years old, so it was time for our 2-year check up at the doctor’s office! He seemed to be right on track despite his picky eating that really drives me crazy. The nurse was great and made me feel better about picking eating, as it is quite common and most kids grow out of it. One saving grace for my anxiety is that he’s a little tank and has zero weight issues despite our eating challenges.
We originally went to the dietician at my doctor’s office and she was quite helpful with tricks and tips. One big take away from that meeting was a recommendation of an amazing liquid multivitamin from Animal Parade. The list of ingredients is the best I have seen. Even though Jax is a great eater, I decided to get some for him too. While Hudson was ok with the liquid mixed into his morning juice, Jax wasn’t too keen so I got him the gummy version which he seems to enjoy.
Essentially Hudson is a carb lover – I mean can you blame him? He loves waffles in the morning so I get him the blueberry Eggo waffles plus fibre and he eats them without syrup no problem. Breakfast is the least stressful meal of the day for us! Lunch and dinner is a different story. Depending on the day he enjoys spaghetti with marinara sauce, chicken fingers or nuggets, fries and grilled cheese sandwiches.
When it comes to snacks through the day, he loves Multi Grain Cheerios, Sunmaid raisins, animal crackers and Goldfish crackers, of course! Not ONE single fruit or vegetable no matter how I try, even though he used to gobble up grapes and blueberry until one day he decided he didn’t want them anymore. Ugh, why do kids do that!?
One thing I’ve noticed is that he LOVES muffins and baking, so I’ve started making this banana muffin recipe with lentils that you can’t even taste. I make it even healthier by taking out the sugar it’s called for and replacing it with pureed dates. You simply take the same measurement of dates and add boiling water then puree. So much better than refined sugar.
Now I’m on the hunt for more sneaky baking recipes with hidden nutrients that he can’t taste!
Here are a couple recipes that I have already tried, and are 100% kid-approved:
Here are a couple more I’ve got on my list to try from “My Kids Lick the Bowl”:
All this to say, it could be worse but we can always improve! I had heard about the CHEO Feeding Clinic through their Occupational Therapy program, and heard good things so figured why not tap into a resource that I pay taxes for and check it out. I got the referral from my doctor, and away we go!
So far, I’ve completed two parents-only sessions and next week we bring in our picky eaters for a picnic so stay tune for part two! I would love to hear your stories if you have picky eaters as well, and am always happy to get recipe ideas from other moms!