Hi, my name is Annie and I’ve been phoning it in. I’ve been giving my kid lunchables and poptarts for far too long with the excuse that he is a picky eater and that is all he’ll eat. I’ve decided that I’m not going to do that this year. I’m tired of the guilt, the lack of nutrition in my son’s diet, and the money spent. We’re going to switch it up.
I’ve talked about going “back to bento” for myself, and I am excited. I’ve also talked to The Boy about making our own “lunchables”, where we can choose what lunchmeats/crackers/pizza toppings go in the lunch, rather than taking what good ol’ Kraft decides to give us. Realistically, he would eat pizza everyday for every meal if I let him, and I can give him less processed and pre-packaged options for pizza easily. His other choices are based on the candy or treat that comes with the lunchable, so I’m sure he wouldn’t say no to a homemade cookie or two instead.
This means that I will be menu planning every week, for dinners and lunches. If you’d like me to share my weekly menu plan, let me know in the comments.
Here are a couple of final thoughts:
- I’m not above using a gimmick to get my kid to eat. I will be ordering the Funbites Cube It! because I think it will be fun, and I might use it, even if he doesn’t.
- Occupational Therapists will tell you to introduce new foods very gradually to the picky eater, and I will be employing this method, starting with… pizza! – can you imagine all of the possibilities of introducing new foods via pizza?
- A few posts got me started on this idea: this one from bothhandsandaflashlight.com, and this one from thehealthcoachgroup.com. I like the idea of listing all of the things he will eat, and starting from there, because I have a feeling it’s a longer list than I give him credit for.
Wish me luck!