Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Utensils trick!

New trick for eating! It's like a big accomplishment isn't it? Haha. Well my second child was refusing to eat. What's new? It was homemade chicken nuggets. The oldest was loving it! So my second was playing with the toy kitchen before and I grabbed some of the utensils and let her pick and eat with them! Oh yeah! One point for mom! She loved that she got to "play" and eat. 
Also another thing that might work. My husband actually read about this one. Does not work for all children! It works wonderfully for my oldest, but not my second. Ask your kid if he wants to eat with the yellow fork or the blue fork. They'll pick and feel independent that they got to pick. (So he'll think, "now what do I do with the fork? Eat, I guess." Another win for you!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gluten-free

For those of you trying a gluten-free diet, don't forget that that means having nothing with gluten. You can't go a week without having gluten and then on Monday you have gluten, but it was only one thing and then go back to gluten-free. It will throw the immune system completely off and all of that effort, going gluten-free, was just a waste of time. 
There are great alternatives to gluten, but always read labels. There are some brands that make gluten-free products but it's still crap. There is a brand of pasta that I absolutely love. It's called Pasta Joy, here's their website:  http://tinkyada.com 
I like this brand because when you cook the pasta it cooks like gluten pasta. It doesn't overcook, meaning it doesn't become mushy like some other gluten-free pastas, and it's made with really simple ingredients. So it's worth a try, plus it's made from rice so it's basically allergy-free unless you're allergic to rice.
I'd like to just input my opinion. The thing with gluten is that it's been heavily modified over the years. Especially wheat or anything that says "whole-wheat." I don't know about you, but I'm against it. I used to think it was healthy, but then I read about it several times and over the years it has been changed; its DNA has been altered, and therefore all of those changes harm our bodies. Sometimes people think, "oh well it wasn't bad for me when I was a kid," but then again it wasn't as different when we were younger. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pasta sauce

Unfortunately for me, my kids don't like sauce in their pasta. But if your kids do then this post will be of use to you! I love this tomato sauce for myself and as a sneaky way to get my husband to eat veggies too! The Sneaky Chef tomato sauce is made with a massive amount of veggies. It's made by a mom who was also trying to find creative ways to get her kids to eat their veggies. I've seen this product only a few times at Whole Foods, I'm not sure why it's not on the shelves all the time. I've seen it in two flavors; smooth red and cheesy red. I love that it's simple ingredients and it's not filled with all these unproannouncable chemicals. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"You don't have to.."

Lovely article I read about helping us, parents, with our children during dinner time.
"When we make eating about the parent's will versus the child's will, the joy and connection of eating gets lost. Some parents may win the battle and feel good that their child eats the way they want them to eat, but deep down the child may be full of resentment, eating peas to please his parents and not because he enjoys eating them."

Article: http://huff.to/1eBOjY7

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

That's organic!

My toddler loves this video! It's a potatoe singing about organic produce. It's a great video defining what organic means for kids (and adults too). Plus it's a catchy tune. "Mother Natures got a brand. It's called organic!" http://youtu.be/YtwZ8t5NS6c

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Some of my favorite brands

Here's something new: I'm finally on Twitter! Follow me @thepickytoddler 
I've recently tweeted about my favorite brand of pre-made foods. Of course it's always best to make your own food at home, but of there is no time here's who I turn to: Applegate's gluten-free chicken nuggets, and organic peas or whatever other veggie kids will tolerate. I have to say the Little Duck Organics is awesome! They make organic, all-natural, recognizable ingredients! My little one likes their Quinoa baby cereal! Because I try to avoid dairy I like to use Daiya cheese for my oldest's Mac & Cheese. I love them because they don't contain soy, casein and carrageenan.