I’ve discovered it can be very tricky to get my kids to eat healthy with their different preferences and particular likes/dislikes. B isn’t a fan of meat and N doesn’t prefer dairy. N likes flavor and B picks bland things.
So I’ve had to break out a few tricks to introduce and to keep offering healthy foods.
1) Muffin Tin Meals (example pictured above) are perfect for serving and trying new things in a fun way.
2) Dipping – My kids love to dip things and have tried different veggies and foods if there is a dip with it.
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So for Muffin Tin Monday this week we made our own snack patterns. I made the first two and then left the ingredients in cups for B to make a couple. So fun!
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We hunted for orange food this week at the grocery store. Fun! B’s favorite was cheetos but the carrots and mac n cheese were left at the table. B never eats the mac n cheese when it is leftovers. Who knew he could tell?!
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The theme for this week’s Muffin Tin Monday is Christmas. I decided to focus on Christmas colors and have a Red and Green meal. We bought a new green tin at Hobby Lobby (How can you resist a child saying “We should get this for Muffin Tin Monday.” OK!) and then went on a hunt to fill it with red foods. I had B searching the pantry for red food ideas. After I said no to filling one section with ketchup (although it is red), I gave in to the red sucker idea. So not a super healthy meal, but a fun one!
This week’s theme for Muffin Tin Monday is “Christmas Morning”. I have NO idea what we will be eating Christmas morning. We don’t really have a tradition in place yet. I’m dreaming of something special, yet fast and easy. Any ideas?
So I gave B 3 waffles and some toppings to build a snowman. Here is the final product….
There wasn’t a theme this week for Muffin Tin Monday so it was the perfect time to use our new snowman tin (Target Dollar Spot $2.50). What else do people do with these besides Muffin Tin Monday? Muffins? Ice? Anyway after arranging a variety of food in this cute tin, all B ate was the sandwich and chips! Ahhhh! We can’t wait for next week’s Christmas Morning theme!
There’s still time to check out and print my 2009 Printable Activity Advent Calendar!
“Thanksgiving” was the theme this week for Muffin Tin Monday. B enjoyed eating from his turkey tins (construction paper taped to the muffin cups). I can’t wait to see what creative ideas everyone else came up with!
I just couldn’t come up with anything creative for Muffin Tin Monday and then B announced that it was Brown Bear’s birthday. So we had a party. I used old, stale ice cream cones as my muffin tin with applesauce, yogurt, and fruit in them (all with sprinkles).
I just had to include a picture of B with his “party hat” on. Also, he made that sign for Brown Bear and afterwards I said, “Do you want me to write Happy Birthday, Brown Bear on it?” and he said “Mama, I already did”. (Ooooh, right, ok!). This turned out to be a really fun snack. We sang and B blew out the candle for Brown Bear. The ice cream cones do get soggy and break after a few minutes so whoever is eating them has to stay focused. =)
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