We all know that healthy eating is important in childhood development, but it easier said than done in some houses.
“You want me to eat what?!?! ITS GREEN!!”
Not only can it be difficult for you to get the food into that little tummy, but it can also be strain on your finances to always choose the healthy option at the store.
Its ok we have some tips to help you…. Lets start at the grocery store.
• When shopping trying to pick items that are in season, when inventory is high prices are lower. When its winter stick to root vegetables its more likely they are still coming from a local source.
• If you can coupon go for it! Let’s face it though it can be very time consuming and it takes practice to do it well. However, you can always check your local circular for deals of the week.
• Get the store card! This is a must because in addition to instore savings you can always earn rewards towards gas at some locations.
• Don’t always shop at the grocery store. Other stores such as Walmart or Target have great options and if you apply for a credit or debit card with the store you can often save an additional percentage.
• There’s an app for that!! Just check your phone there are tons of apps to save money at the store! Some will offer additional discounts at the store others can earn you cash back for purchases. Ibotta seems to be very trendy right now and with a friends code you can earn an additional $5 with a friend’s code (don’t worry if you don’t know anyone else using it we will have code for you at the bottom).
Meal Prep Time!!
• We recommend picking something that your child loves to eat , let’s say mac and cheese, and putting some additions in there. On your first attempt don’t try to hide the veggies. If you are adding broccoli for instance cut it very small pieces and mix it right in. If you can get your child to acknowledge that they like the veggies you are a winner.
• Oh No! Your children refused to eat it – no worries grab your food processor you would be shocked about how many veggies you can mix into your recipes without your little one knowing. Once you get them to love certain recipes with the veggies, try letting them help you make the dish so they know what is going into the meal and can take pride in what they have made.
One of the main concerns we hear from parents when their child starts at Ivy League is that their child is a picky eater. While we absolutely understand that, but after a day or two of family style eating in the classroom they often come back to us and ask “How did you get him/her to eat that?”. Children often mimic what they see and if all their friends are eating pea’s most of the time they will be more willing to eat that food as well.
Here is one cool recipe to try at home
Cheddar Cauliflower Tots
3 cups shredded raw cauliflower
1 cup old cheddar
1 large egg
¼ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground mustard
• Butter a mini muffin tin and preheat the oven to 205C/400F.
• Shred the cauliflower using a food processor or a grater.
• Once the cauliflower is shredded, place into a CLEAN dishtowel and squeeze out the excess water.
• Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a fork.
• Scoop out mixture using a small scoop or a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon and press into the muffin cups.
• Bake 18-20 minutes
Enjoy your time in the Kitchen!!
And as promised here is an Ibotta Code: UEWWMUU
Please note Ivy League Early Learning Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned store or apps.