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I’m a Mom. I know how it can be. Busy life. Fussy Kids. Fussy Husband (if it doesn’t have gravy, then it’s not dinner with mine.) Tight Budget. Seriously, I get it. But if you’re looking to change the way your family eats and start getting them to eat a little healthier, this Clean eating food challenge for kids is a great place to start.
Clean Eating Challenge
We all play this silly guilt game. Berating ourselves for the things we do or don’t do and feeding our family is one of those things.
You really want to get your family eating a little healthier, but you are just too darn busy, broke or just not ready to face the fussy eater issue. Any disruption in a family routine can have your whole got this together Mommy thing falling apart. Finger clicking fast.
We started and failed countless times before our family started eating real food consistently.
So you won’t get any judgement from me if you aren’t ready to try the 7 Day Real Food Family Challenge. But … if you are even thinking about getting your family to eat a little healthier, like even a little bit, then get it anyway. Why not? It’s free.
It’s packed full of meal ideas, real food recipes (fussy kid approved too) and some of the best resources I could gather to help dominate this Mommy Job.
Kids Food Challenges
Kids food challenges can be a really good way to get the kids to try new foods. I know how hard it can be when faced with a child who’s digging their heels in, getting upset and refusing to try anything not familiar to them. Because if this, I’m a big fan of food challenges, and they helped hugely in getting my own kids to at least try new foods.
Food challenges don’t have to hard, I have a one bite rule. You have to at least try it. Changing the kids diet is tough, and you’ve got to go slowly. One bite of something new is huge, it’s a big step for them and a big win for you. Celebrate!
How To Deal With Fussy Eaters
It’s no secret I have some fussy eaters. They’re way better now than they used to be, but they’re often still suspicious and look at something new with uncertainly. But on the whole they’re pretty good.
When they were smaller, they were not pretty good eaters. Not by a long shot :)
Dealing with fussy eaters really depends on the child. When we started eating Clean, the last thing I wanted to do was force foods on them, upset them, upset me, and generally turn dinner time into a war zone, because that’s not going to help anyone.
What I did do, was get rid of anything I didn’t want them eating. If it’s not in the house, even if you wanted to, you can’t give it to them. I figured the kids aren’t going to starve themselves, and so I took the attitude of they’ll eat if they’re hungry. There was always good food on offer, including snacks, take it or leave it – after you’ve tried at least one bite.
I did have a number of recipes on hand I started with that tried to copy some of the foods they loved pre eating Clean. These burgers, this pizza and these biscuits eventually got us off to a good start. Give them foods you know they’ll like and aren’t a million miles from foods they recognise, and you’re far more likely to get them on board.
Please don’t force food, I honestly feel this creates food and eating issues and you’re just storing up problems for the future. Getting them excited about foods? It’s the best way.
If your fussy eaters simply refuse to eat anything one dinner time, that’s okay. Keep it relaxed, let them see you enjoying your food, and they will eat at some point.
I Tried Something New Food Chart
I’m a big believer in reward charts. I’ve found that little kids respond really well to reward charts, at least mine did, and I always had a reward chart of some sort stuck to the fridge when they were small.
I know some people feel you shouldn’t reward kids for doing something like trying new foods, but you know what? If it gets you to your goal, why not? Stickers for little kids go down a treat, once a month allowing them a few dollars to choose something small to celebrate their achievements or letting them choose a movie on movie night, they’re all exciting to kids and help motivate them to reach their (and your!) goals.
Print of this food chart (it’s with the food challenge for kids pack), encourage them to try something on the chart and get them to color the fruit when they’re tried it. Put levels on it: Try one food, get a star. Reach 10 stars in a week and choose a movie, reach 15 stars and get a toy. You get the idea. Get them excited, give them a sense of achievement and dinner times going to be an altogether more relaxed time for everyone!
Why Should you take the Challenge?
There’s so many reasons to introduce your kids to healthier food. It’s well documented that our eating habits are formed in our early years and are influenced by a number of factors. The sooner you start to change your child’s diet for healthy, Real whole foods, the better you’re helping your child develop healthy habits for life.
After these 7 days are over, you and your family should start to notice these health benefits:
- You would have lost a little weight if you need to
- Skin will look clearer (awesome if you have teenagers) and plumper (super fantastic for wrinkles and tired eyes – I just turned 41 so loving this one (a great diet’s better than any wrinkle cream!)
- You will all have more energy
- Your thoughts will be clear and less cluttered or overwhelmed.
- Even your sleeping pattern will improve as your body finds it’s natural rhythm.
Included In The 7 Day Real Food Challenge
I’ve packed a lot into the bundle. And it’s all Free.
- Printable 7 Day Real Food Meal Plan
- Printable Grocery List
- Weekly meal planner
- Printable Clean Eating Snack Ideas
- Water challenge printable
- Fussy Eater Approved Real Food Recipes
- Printable ‘I tried something new’ kids food challenge chart