NOM NOM NOM… tricking toddlers into eating veggies

I’m so lucky that my kids LOVE eggs.  Makes it easy to hide veggies.  I whip something up, stir it into eggs and then fry it up like regular scrambled eggs.  Today I cooked some sausage then, while it cooled I threw some kale, onion and mushrooms into the food processor.  Then I added the sausage so it would be easy to combine with the egg.

The sausage was a big link, like a brat you’d have on a roll.

I combined it with about 1 cup of kale, one large baby bella mushroom, some scallions and about 1TBS white onion

It doesn’t look very appetizing, I know.. but it’s a bit like meatloaf.  Just a little green from all the kale.

I stirred in two eggs.  I had two toddlers and me to feed and with the sausage that was plenty.

 

It was kind of like pancake batter and I spooned it onto a hot (but not too hot) griddle.  I kept the heat low so they wouldn’t brown too much, just form mini scrambled egg pancakes.

 

After cooling, the baby was able to pick them up and feed himself =)

 

And he ate about 5 of them!

 

The Toddler, who insists on drawing while eating (my little artist) asked for seconds!  That’s the mark of a yummy meal because this skinny kid HATES to take time out of his busy drawing and playing schedule to eat!

 

Amounts are not exact, I just use the things I have laying around and try to get the proportions right so it tastes good.  I use a lot of kale because I view it as a “super-food”.  Any very dark greens are good for things like this and it’s a great way to get little ones to get greens and other veg in their diets.  We mostly do grain/gluten free meals although I am a cheater and eat pizza sometimes.  I believe a paleo/primitive diet is good for MS as well as other health issues.

Out on the trail.

Today we went for a hike in a state park.  I figured it wouldn’t be too bad in the shade of the trees.

 I also figured it would be an easy walking trail with plenty of benches along the path (so I could stop and nurse the Nugget if necessary) then the Peanut could play in the dirt with sticks or something.  I figured wrong.  It was nice under the shade of the trees but it was a narrow path made for mountain biking and real hiking.

The wheels of the stroller barely fit the width of the trail.

There was a lot of steep terrain with tree roots sticking up making it difficult to push the stroller but the Peanut was running along talking about trains as happy as a clam…


until we walked for about an hour.

 

Then it became difficult to get him to keep up.

And all he wanted to do was rest and play in the dirt.

 Someone had told us that there was a playground tucked in there somewhere and to watch for a trail that went off to the left.  We never found it and I figured two hours (an hour in and an hour back to the car) was all my old MS body and my 3 year old could handle.   So we started the long journey back to the car.

We saw some neat things on the way back…
Like this tree with the vine wrapping around it.
And this cute little mushroom.
And this gorgeous dragonfly.
Despite the heat and humidity …and struggling to control the stroller… and worrying about heat exhaustion with multiple sclerosis… we had a great time and can’t wait to do it again.  Next time we’ll get the trail map so we can find the playground.  And I think I’ll bring an ice pack to wear under my shirt!

My little piggy.

My two boys couldn’t be any more different.  The first born has rarely ever sat and eaten an entire meal.  He hasn’t got time, too busy building mass transit rails and roadways for the trains and trucks.  Occasionally he’ll be in the mood for bacon and eggs but usually only eats half before he’s off playing again.  He does eat, he just doesn’t like to sit still and eat.

But, here he is chowing down on seaweed salad for the first time.

He still likes his seaweed salad… but all in all he’d rather be playing.
The new baby, on the other hand is FASCINATED by food.  I guess I noticed it on one of our pizza nights.  He seemed so interested in what we were doing so I gave him some crust.  Oh, he was a happy baby boy!  He just gnawed on it until there was nothing left.
While feeding him mashed potatoes he started crying.  I thought he was done but tried to slip one more bite in… he wasn’t done!!! He started crying because I wasn’t feeding him quickly enough!  He stopped crying as soon as I got the spoon near him again!  Then he grabbed the spoon!  I left him to play with the bowl and feed himself.  He was HAPPY!
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The other day my friend made coconut cream pie and I was there to have a taste.  I had to nurse the little guy so she offered to bring me a piece on a plate.  That kid smelled it coming, popped off my breast and turned himself over smacking his hand right into my piece of pie.  Oh, he was PLEASED!  Licked the creamy goodness off his paw and kept reaching for more.  I had to stop trying to eat it because he kept grabbing for my fork!  So, my friend took him so I could eat.  She had her piece on the arm of the couch.  Wouldn’t you know, that kid was lunging with all his might at that piece of pie!  We tried to give a bite to the toddler (had to interrupt a serious play session with some trucks, trains and cars).  He was not impressed.  Tried to pull it out of his mouth with a tissue and started gagging.  A very different reaction from his little brother.
I think the boy’s favorite is avocado.  That food earns a smile like no other =)
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All in all, I’d say this kid is one happy eater!  This is a new experience for us.  We’re used to bribing the toddler to get him to eat, even if it’s something he likes!  This one even tried to get my turkey sandwich this evening!  Man, he can lunge for stuff!
We are trying a method called Baby-Led Weening.  I don’t know enough to give any expert opinions or advise so check out the book or the fb pages for more accurate info.  Basically, we’re not spoon feeding him rice cereal.  We are giving him foods that we eat (but starting out slowly, one food at a time.. like avocado, banana, toast, noodles etc.) and letting him decide how to get it to his mouth and how to masticate it properly.  For me BLW has removed a lot of stress from mealtimes (any stress I can eliminate is a good thing when trying to manage MS).  Soon, he’ll just be eating what we eat..  and I don’t have to puree anything or buy jar after jar of baby food!  Wish I’d known about this 3 years ago!
Our first attempt at Baby-Led Weening (our first food) was watermelon.  It was delightful to watch.  His hand/eye coordination was not great so he couldn’t quite get the watermelon up off his tray, so he squeezed all the juice out and then licked his hands.  Oh!  The squeals of delight!!!

The Nugget’s first date

Yesterday was Memorial Day.  We went on base to spend some time with a friend who has a little one just a few weeks older than The Nugget.  We grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and steak.. so good!  I figured a holiday was a good time to stray from the diet so I had two burgers and a few chips, YUM!  I guess my metabolism is getting better because even though I cheated today’s weigh in was a 1/2 pound less than Sunday’s!  As the weight has been coming off I’ve been feeling a little more agile and able to do some light exercising with the kids.  That and the way my shakes are formulated must be doing the trick.  I was relieved I hadn’t gained 2 lbs!

 

After we ate the babies got a chance to play.  SO CUTE!  It was so fun to see them together.

She was ALL over him…

…but he played “hard to get”

All in all they had a great time

And we are looking forward to the next visit 🙂

Hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day.