I never intended to write much here about kids, but as any parent will agree, kids have a tendency to take over your life (in a good way). When I get together with fellow mom friends, our conversation always seems to include what are kids are up to, including what they’ve been eating. I don’t think there is a parent out there who has their kid’s nutrition all figured out –including me– so I am not about to give a bunch of recipes that your kids are sure to eat and love. How would I know what your crazy kids will eat?? Kids can be picky to say the least, one hates soup (unless its “normal soup”) the other loves it, one likes carrots, but not “cooked up” carrots, one will eat a pint of tomatoes from the garden but not touch them in a salad, one wants oatmeal but certainly not in this bowl, and I could go on and on.
With all of that said, I thought I would write a kid series of posts on things that we do in our house–more ideas than actual recipes, sort of my philosophy on kids eating (or at least what I have discovered so far, and I am by no means an expert). These are the quirks and tricks that have gotten us through, with some secret mom tips and ways of getting them to pull up a stool and get their (thoroughly washed) hands dirty.
The best place I could think of to start is with snacks. To me, dinner is hit or miss, sometimes they love it, sometimes they hate it, sometimes they pick out everything that is actually good for them. With this in mind, I count on their snacks to be super healthy. We don’t buy goldfish crackers, teddy grams, go gurt, or anything in the kid snack aisle (I’m not opposed to them eating this stuff on the outside, I just don’t buy it). Their snacks have to make up for a failed dinner here and there, they have to actually power them through bike riding and fort building and couch jumping and sledding and all the crazy things they come up with, snacks need to have substance.
Enter popsicles, it accomplishes everything. It’s fruit, vegetables, hydration, fun to eat and fun for them to make. A popsicle mold costs about 3 dollars (maybe get two so you can make larger batches and freeze), and we also have a pack of push pop molds for extras. Like smoothies, popsicles don’t need a recipe, be as creative as you want, but here are two recipes to start with…Purple and Orange. My kids love to add ingredients and they love to drink the extra smoothie that doesn’t fit in the molds. Mom and Dad even have a popsicle now and then.