Nathan has really changed a lot in the last few months. One of the changes is just how picky he has become about eating. I finally found a few tricks and favorite foods of his to help get nutrition into his growing body.
I stopped looking at each meal and instead at making sure he eats his food groups on a daily and weekly basis. I realized that protein is protein, so cheese and milk counts toward this. Each day I try to get him to eat something green, from the bread/starch group, fiber, protein, and plenty of water and milk.
For example, he usually eats green beans with bacon, “special” mac, eggs, and cheese; peas, oranges, bananas, yogurt, oatmeal, ham cubes, cucumber. The special mac and cheese is SO easy to make:
For this, you can either “dress up” a regular box of mac and cheese or make your own. The basic ingredients is shell pasta, scrambled eggs, velveeta cheese, shredded cheese, butter, and a little salt and pepper to taste. Just cook your pasta, drain, add a tablespoon or two of butter, and enough velveeta cheese to make it creamy. Cook a few eggs in the microwave (1-3 stirred eggs for about a 30 seconds per egg). Add the cooked egg to the dish and a handful of shredded cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy! Super-easy.
I usually give him “special mac & cheese” with peas on the side, milk, and sliced mandarin oranges for dessert.
Another trick to get him to eat things he usually won’t touch is to “bribe” or reward him with a bite of something he DOES like. The other day, I got him to eat a lot of chicken and all of his peas by rewarding every few bites with a bite of cranberry sauce, which he LOVES. He did a really good job eating his dinner and I was so proud of him. I think his belly was mighty happy too! 🙂