What Mika ate…

What’s for lunch, Baby…

Today, we had Kale quinoa salad with Spirulina dressing for lunch…and guess what, Mika loves green….he even asked for more😉

I don’t know why Mika loves green…green smoothie, “green oatmeal” (I know, sounds strange, and gross…but,it is tasty…will post this later)…he loves salad…lots veggies, fruit…snacking baby carrots, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper with Tahini sauce

Keep hearing from other moms saying their kids don’t like to eat veggie, refuse to eat green…I don’t know how other moms do to get more green into baby/toddler’s diet…here is some ideas…or the way I do…

1. Mixing something sweet into baby’s meal…remember, breast milk is sweet, and baby loves sweet…but, we are not talking feeing baby sugar or any refined sweetener…I like to mix salad with chopped dates, figs (small, tiny pieces)…

…the first bite is very important.  I mean, the first bite must be sweet…

2. Introduce one food at a time…and trying at least 6 times…I am lucky…Mika loves most veggies I prepare for him (he doesn’t like olive…but, I am not a fan of olive)…a lots parents give up at 3rd try…but, I found out ,for some reasons, 6 times works😉

3. never force your little ones to eat…seeing lots Asian moms chasing after their little ones for one more bite…that is crazy. If Mika doesn’t like to eat, I am O.K. with…wait a little, and try again…respect their little tummies…if they still say no…then, that is no😉  Just not in the mood for eating…they are smart, and they won’t starve themselves…

4. Cook together…I love being in the kitchen…and let kids/toddlers cook, or help prepare the food…they are more likely to eat their own creations…they are natural-born helpers…

5. Dipping, Dipping and more dipping…they love to mess aruond😉  I know, it will be messy…but, hey, just clean up after they eat…no big deal…Tahini sauce, hummus, guacamole, peanut  butter are awesome…

6. Make a smoothie…with veggies and fruit…who know there is spanish in chocolate smoothie…remember rule no. 1, don’t forget to add something sweet…

7. Share with their friends…invite their buddies who love to eat (yes, you are welcome to invite Mika to your party)…kids copy each other…and they will catch on….and never, ever have a picky eater sitting in front of your little ones for sure…I made a mistake once having Mika seeing one little girl spill a cherry tomato, took me couple weeks to get him back to love tomatoes.  So, no picky eaters here, please…

8. Set the example…parents…eat your veggies😉  I love veggies, kale is my best friend at this time…

9. no junk food, no soda, no candy…read the label, if there is more than 5 ingredients on the list, then, that is not “real” food, but, “processed”…if you want dried cranberries, buy dried cranberries that only have cranberries (organic, of course) on the list…not sugar, oil, or other ingredients on the list…cranberries are sweet already, why put extra sugar…we don’t need that…

…well, I know, eventually, they will be invited to birthday parties, and there are “bad” sweets….my job is to buy the right food, and prepare it nutritiously…build a good foundation…You see…I am trying to brain wash Mika…no M’d, M’d is bad…Candy is No No…Mama doesn’t like it…

10. Get this one…Yes, I want one…I haven’t tried, but, I would love to have one…just to make some veggie art with Mika…so, this is on my wish list…xoxoxoxo

11. I am very firm on eating veggies…I don’t make a big deal, but, I am “super, duper” strict. Yes, I don’t make eating veggies a big deal…just prepare, and serve…if Mika doesn’t like the meal I prepare, then, sorry, Mika, no meal for you…don’t forget, they are smart, they won’t starve themselves…if there is no choice out there, they will take it😉

12. if all fails…then, relax…just let it be…we leave the rest up to the kids…

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