The ONLY way I can get this picky eater to try new things is to make it fun… THE ABSOLUTE ONLY WAY!
I know I’m not alone because there are Pinterest boards dedicated solely to parents with picky eater. From sneaky ways to hide healthy foods within a meal or genius ways to slice and dice their food and present it in a cute and and hopefully appetizing way. Hand this kid of mine a peanut butter sandwich and she will refuse to even touch it, tears will be shed people, real crocodile tears. But hand her a peanut butter sandwich shaped like a heart sitting beside a bow and arrow made from a pretzel and cheese and it’ll be gone in record time.
How does one not only make a picky eater choose something to eat besides chicken strips and fries AND also make sure it’s a healthy choice? This little predicament right here is a first class ticket to crazy-ville, I know because I have been there.
The older that Sofia gets the easier it seems to be, as reasoning with a 2 year old just doesn’t fly. Telling her about the importance of certain foods and why she must learn to love them works when you’re 5, not so much as a toddler.
Last week we put on our best accents, channeled our inner Sherlock Holmes and we played with our food…. our Nutritional Food Facts that is. I was hoping for 2 things to come out of this afternoon experience, 1 that she would further understand and appreciate the importance of healthy eating and 2 that I might be able to better educate myself on how to actually read the Nutritional Facts Table on the side of the box that I just pretend to know about now.
Believe it or not it’s actually fairly simple to dicier if something is healthy or made to look healthy by reading the Nutrition Facts Table (NFt). Found on most packaged foods in Canada, making sense and comparing products by the NFt is done simply;
>> Start with your Serving Size; Check to see if the serving sizes are similar
>> Next move to Percent Daily Value; Use the % DV to see if a serving size has a little or a lot of a nutrient
>> And finally Nutrient; 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot. Choose the foods that have more of the nutrients you want, like fiber and calcium, and less of the items you don’t, like saturated fats and sodium.
By following the 3 simple steps you can easily determine with your little Fact Finders what’s a healthy choice and which boxed foods should probably best be used in their play kitchens and not for consumption. //learn more about reading the Nutritional Fact Table at Canada.ca/NutritionFacts
What I am hoping happens now is that after this little lesson in Nutritional Fact Finding, you and your little detectives will head into the kitchen and make some smart nutritional choices. Make notes on what you have that’s good and what items you have that are less desirable, so the next time you go grocery shopping no bad choices will be made. Speaking of grocery shopping who wants to WIN a $100 gift card to Loblaw’s (Great Canadian Superstore or No Frills)? That’s what I thought…
Thanks to a joint effort between the Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Health Canada, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) they have provided us the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC) to help better educate us all on making the right choices for our family when it comes to our nutrition. They have graciously provided me a $100 Loblaw’s gift card to giveaway to one of my readers today, so waste no more time, grab your little fact finder and clear our those cupboards…. oh! yah and enter below to help with re-stocking them with better choices!