My daughter, Monroe, is the pickiest eater I’ve ever met. Like, I thought I was bad as a child. This kid has me beat. She won’t eat any meat, she won’t drink any milks (including chocolate!), she won’t eat anything with pepper in it, she won’t eat anything with sauce, the list goes on. I’ve tried dozens of things to try to get her to eat, so I thought I would share the more successful ones with you.
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I know, it sounds totally lame. But, this plate really helped Monroe try new things. It’s set up like a game board and you put a few bites in each section. The kids eat through the sections until they hit the winner square where a little treat is hidden. They are a bit on the pricey side, but anything that gets more bites down at dinner is worth it to me.
(2) Lighting A Dinner Candle.
This was an idea that I heard about through some mommy friends. I gave it a try and it got us some more dinner bites! Basically, you have a candle on your dinner table and when you sit down to eat, you light it. No one is allowed to leave the table until everyone has finished eating and the candle has been blown out. It’s really great for kids who always want to get up to go play because it gives them something to keep an eye on so you aren’t constantly bombarded with “May I be excused?” It keeps them at the table those few extra minutes, which typically means they’ll have a few more bites.
Now this one is a bit controversial. A lot of people don’t agree with incentivizing, or as my mom calls it “bribing”, kids but it gets results. And let’s face it, it’s definitely something that will happen as they become adults, so I don’t see a point in making incentivizing a bad thing. When Monroe eats a good portion of her dinner, she can have some juice for instance, or possibly a dessert. This gets us a lot of results too, but also ends up with her getting some sweets.
(4) Sneak It In!
Sneakz is a brand that I hadn’t heard of up until recently. They contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying some of their products and as soon I learned what they were about, I jumped on it cause, hello – I have Monroe.
Sneakz has two product lines and three flavors.
The milkshakes retail for $10.80 for a 6-pack and $20.49 for a 12-pack.
The powders retail for $21.00 for a bag.
Sneakz does offer subscribe & save options on their website.
The milkshakes are shelf stable, made with 5 nutrient-rich vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach, and beets) and have more fiber & less sugar than other flavored milks!
The protein powder and drink mix is formulated for active children. It’s a great source of whole food nutrition from vegetables and non-dairy pea protein for children.
By adding beets, spinach, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, peas, and carrots, we are able to fit in a full ½ serving of vegetables per scoop and 14 grams of protein. Each scoop contains all 10 essential amino acids, fiber, and at least 500 million CFUs of probiotics.
And it’s vegan! So, let’s think here. My daughter hates milk and loves smoothies. I decided to start with the milkshakes because I figured mixing the powder into a smoothie would be the easiest option, thus the best for after her inevitable freakout.
She chose the vanilla flavor to try. She actually tried it, because although she won’t drink regular milk, she is fan of the “milkshake”, so that got her attention. She isn’t spitting it out. She isn’t saying “that’s disgusting” as I’m so used hearing at the table. I see hope. I see a light at the end of the no veggie tunnel.
Ya’ll. She loves it. Everyday at breakfast now, she asks for a “milk”. Her favorite is the strawberry. I’m in shock. I’m so damn excited. No more trying to figure out how to sneak veggies into pasta so she will possibly eat a couple of bites. This works! I ended up trying the different flavors with the kids, and they’re actually quite tasty. It tastes like real chocolate & strawberry milk. No weird textures and the veggies don’t give it an odd taste.
And I did end up making some smoothies using the powder for after-nap snack time. You can’t even taste the powders in the smoothies! I’ve actually been using the powder here and there in my smoothies just to get in an extra serving of veggies, cause let’s face it – I’m not the biggest veggie fan either.
These have Monroe trying new things though! She realized how good the different flavors are and I’ve actually gotten her to try hummus and cheese (if you saw my Instagram story over the weekend, you would have seen her chomping on some), and granola bars! It’s small steps, sure, but I’m so happy that she is opening up to new foods now!
Sneakz is available at a variety of stores including Kroger & Affiliates, Whole Foods, Safeway & Publix.
Have you ever tried Sneakz? Do you have any other tips for picky eaters?