My oldest was the easiest baby. He ate, he slept, he ate, he slept, he played, he ate, he slept. Then he turned 3 and all hell broke loose. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration. But, no lie, we definitely lived with a Threenager for most of 2016 and aside from the whining, our biggest struggle was with his pickiness about eating that appeared out of nowhere! Thankfully, his appetite and pickiness are starting to come around with age, but I’ve definitely learned a few tricks to keep meal time a fun time for all of us in the Dubs’ household.
One meal that is always a hit is centered around a classic, the Peanut Better & Jelly sandwich. It’s a comfort food for me (especially during pregnancy nausea), so needless to say, PB&J lunches have been a staple in our household the last few months. We’ve been eating it so often that I usually grab a jar of each when we’re at my MECCA, Target every week or two. Yes, yes, I go to Target weekly. Sometimes we have a fight, and I avoid it for weeks after I receive my Red Card bill. But seriously, Target is my happy place. With the kids or without, I love that Target has ALLTHETHINGS that I NEEEED (Want?) any day of the week. And their cartwheel app coupons are a great way to lessen the blow to my husband! Mamas, you feel me, right?!
Here’s a few ways that I try to keep eating well-rounded meals fun and enjoyable for my picky preschooler:
What you’ll need:
- Smucker’s Seedless Strawberry Jam (or a flavor you prefer!)
- Jif Creamy Peanut Butter (texture varies with sandwich maker!)
- Cookie Cutters
- Veggies, Cheese Sticks, etc.
- A Bento Box (affiliate link)
2.) Use a cookie cutter to cut out different shapes from the sandwich!
3.) Cut up some your kid’s fave veggies, cheese sticks, etc. and throw it all into a Bento Box!
4.) Serve the meal before you end up eating it yourself! (Not that I’ve done that or anything!)
I love that this meal is always a hit with no complaints and I’m able to get in a couple of servings of fruit and veggies in too. It’s a fun way to make a classic meal more aesthetically appealing to the critiquing eyes of a four year old. I love that we can make it through a meal without any nagging or whining and that he gets a balanced, full meal.
Do you have a picky eater? What are some ways you combat whining at meal time?