Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Blue Apron. All opinions are 100% my own.
I get that when you see that disclaimer at top that you might check out. Let’s face the facts…sponsored posts can be a real drag. They can be like a commercial in the middle of your favorite TV show. All you want to do is finish Modern Family. But I hope that this sponsored post helps the other moms out there that are fighting the ‘green fight’….the one where we, as responsible parents are trying to get more healthy foods in our kids….trying to diversify their diets….trying to get them to try new veggies and different textures. This one is for you.
As you know, I partner with Blue Apron and am super proud of it. We receive a refrigerated box filled with the fresh ingredients to create three healthy and chef-designed meals right here at home. It’s delivered right to our doorstep (which eliminates the trip to the grocery store) and it is great because each meal is a totally new and different range of tastes, textures and foods that we don’t have on our regular dinner routine.
Well, since I started with the very first box, I am kinda evangelical about telling other people about Blue Apron. I would go door-to-door if I had time, recipe card in hand. And recently when some friends asked about why I did it, I told them. One of the biggest reasons I love it is because it is one way I can get my kids to eat their veggies. Let me explain. Door bell rings. Will and Weston scream in delight. Run to front door. Find package. Open package. Discover farm-fresh ingredients inside. Boys decide what recipe card to make. Boys wash hands. Twice. Start the prep. Boys are having a blast. Dinner is done. Boys sit down. Boys surprise Daddy with plate of homemade food. Boys show daddy how to eat it. Boys show daddy how big their muscles are getting from the food.
Did you see what happened there?
That is why they love it. The motivation to try the veggies is not coming from Mommy or Daddy…it’s a box of healthy…maybe they even think Santa sent it…I have no idea….but the thing is…they get to be in charge, they get to be involved and then they get bragging rights. It’s a total win-win.
And if you are wondering….my boys have tried every item from every box. That’s impressive, right?! Kale. Broccoli. Cauliflower. Eggplant. I could go on and on. They help wash the veggies. They help cut them. They help dump them in the pan. They LOVE it. And they totally have a sense of pride about eating them.
So I am not trying to say – get Blue Apron and your kids will magically start eating all their veggies. No. That’s not true. But what I am saying is that if you are trying to expose your kids to new foods or wanting to encourage them to diversify their little taste buds, Blue Apron could be a great hands-on way to do just that.
Here are some other DO’s and DON’Ts that you can encourage your preschool kids to gobble up those greens (and yellows and reds and oranges…)
- Do make new foods fun by putting them on a skewer
- Do cut foods in fun shapes with mini cookie cutters
- Do add features to the plate like raisin eyes or noodle hair
- Do encourage eating more by serving foods in bowls with a character at the bottom under the food – will they see a Ninja Turtle or Dora?!
- Do use reverse psychology. Act over-the-top shocked after they eat a tiny little bite.
- Do allow them to be the chef (or chef’s assistant!) – meal prep takes longer but they have so much pride in it
- Do make funny noises after each bite
- Do arrange the food on the plate so that it makes a picture – a star! a boat! a baseball!
- Do make it a game – who can chew the fastest!
- Do take turns – Daddy takes a bite, Will takes a bite, Mommy, etc.
- Don’t make multiple meals – if they don’t finish their plate, don’t make a big deal (just wrap it up and serve it again when they are hungry)
- Don’t wait till it’s too late – start that meal time diversity early!
- Don’t say EAT YOUR VEGGIES
- Don’t get angry – keep your cool and teach them manners even if “the food is yuck”
- Do wonder out loud what things will taste like
- Do modify as you go. If your four year old doesn’t like it…try sprinkling parmesan, bacon bits or croutons on top to see if the next bite is better
- Do offer dips. Soups and sauces go a long way!
- Do serve the healthy options first
- Do use a reward system.
- Do encourage the one-bite-rule. If they don’t try it…they don’t know if they don’t like it.
- Do set a good example.
- Do talk about the benefits of different foods. Eat their carrots? Can they immediately see better?!
- Do play the ‘feed someone else’ game.
- Do blindfold each other and guess the food!
- Do tell kids who else eats their veggies. Ya know….Spiderman loves peas. A lot.
- Do taste the kids food – if you think it needs more salt/butter/cook time….they will too.
- Do offer healthy snacks – the more you serve of healthy foods, the more their bodies will crave the nutrition!
- Do host ‘fancy night’ where everyone practices their best behavior…light candles, play soft music, use cloth napkins and still try everything on the plate.
What are your best Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to getting those healthy options in your kiddos? I’d love to hear them.
(can you tell I like taking pretty pictures of the meals?!)
And for those of you that maybe interested in Blue Apron, here’s some more details:
- Blue Apron boxes comes with 3 meals per week (each meal can be 2, 4, or 6 servings)
- Meals are $9.99 per person with free shipping
- Available to most of the country (full map of delivery zones click here)
- No commitment – skip or cancel service at any time!
- Each meal is 500-700 calories per person
- Ingredients sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans
- All meals take 40 minutes or less to be prepared
- They have a COOKBOOK! And the cover is GORGEOUS.
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