I used to think meal planning was just for SUPER organised mums (or dads). Mums with lots of kids, high-pressured careers, and, well, basically Type A personalities. I’m not one of those mums. I’m a stay/work at home mum, and I like to think I’m creative and spontaneous. But…I’ve gradually come to reluctantly realise that kids plus spontaneity is really just a recipe for disaster.
I’m not a planner. For me, planning is dull. Planning takes time. Planning takes away the fun. So, what’s so great about meal planning anyway?
Are you looking for some cheap, festive meal ideas to suit your family this Christmas? Whether you’re bringing a dish for a potluck meal, or keeping it more low-key, these recipes will be sure to win over the whole family!
This How to Make Food Fun and Enticing For Kids post is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Kind to Kidz. Images are of the Re-Play range, which can be purchased here.
Kids eat with all five senses, and usually eat with their eyes first. You probably know the scenario: they come to the table, take one look at the meal, and declare that they don’t like it before they’ve even tasted it. So, a great way to make a meal more appealing to kids is to make a habit of serving it in a fun, colourful way.
Little peeps are drawn to bright colours, and young children especially equate eating with playing. To them, it’s all one and the same. It’s great if we can encourage a playful and positive attitude towards food, and allow them to view it as something interesting and fun, rather than overwhelming and stressful.
Welcome to our essential list of healthy make ahead breakfasts for kids – you’re going to thank us! Mornings are a rush no matter what time you wake up…or are woken up by your little ones. Breakfast can often be so hurried and stressful that you sometimes don’t even get to sit down to eat it. If you just spend a little time preparing something on the weekends, or the night before, mornings might just go a little smoother (I can’t help you with that missing shoe, though, sorry!).
Thanks to Jodie Read, Certified Paediatric Dietitian (and co-founder of Rainebeau Co), for contributing this fantastic guest blog on Fussy Eating to Little Peeps Eats.
How do we get our children to eat healthy meals?
Fussy eating is a normal stage for your child to go through, and this happens usually around the toddler years. Some children will insist on only eating the same thing over and over and any new foods they refuse to try.
Making healthy varied meals for your child only to have them refused and thrown on the floor can be frustrating, upsetting and most likely messy! The good news is that this stage should only be temporary, and there are a few strategies you can try to encourage new foods and expand their choices.
A bit of mess, and food exploration is part of the process of a child discovering and learning about new foods before they may enjoy them. However to encourage them to try new foods, and be a little hungry when meal times come around it can help to be aware of things that may impact on their appetite first.