Amidst all of the wild and crazy food challenges – including the most recent nightmare that is the One Chip challenge – I totally forgot about the challenge that hit the nearest and dearest to my childhood: The 50 Nugget Challenge. This is the challenge where you attempt to eat 50 chicken nuggets in one sitting without exploding. Yaaay.
The reality is that although the quality of our food may have been better as a whole growing up, I definitely did not know much about nutrition until I was in my early 20’s. Although the volume of craft beer and cocktails consumed on a daily basis probably doesn’t help the cause, I feel like I have a good understanding (as many of us do) about what is good and bad for us.
Coke products? Bad. Broccoli? Good. Yada yada yada.
I (like many parents) find that figuring out how to keep Leah growing and nourished without succumbing to my secret desire to let her to eat things I know she’ll eat. You know – the quesadilla, 50 nugget challenge, entire blocks of cheese, hot dogs, entire grocery aisle of cheeses of the world.
PS This is what the Cheese Monster that haunts our children looks like according to the internet.
Although I haven’t had much luck with convincing her that trying new foods is fun and it gives you the opportunity to earn a cool name like “foodie”, I have found a few things/best practices to be helpful along the way.
- They’re never going eat better if you don’t eat better yourself.
- If you only eat delicious Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwiches and dip your french fries in Frosty’s, they’re probably not going to want to eat that garbage lettuce and veggie combo you’re trying to convince them to eat.
- They are more likely to try things if their friends are eating them.
- This is an example of why day care can be awesome. Regardless, you should make it a point to get your kid around other kids as often as possible just based on the benefits of social interaction…but eating with them – especially if they’re good eaters – can pay huge dividends.
- If you force them to eat it they will probably hate it.
- Do you remember how you reacted as a kid when your parents forced you to clear your plate and eat all of that gross broccoli? Yeah. Don’t do that to your kids or they’ll act the same way.
What are some of the ways you encourage/convince/negotiate with your kid to eat healthy?