I have to shout out about this as it's just so exciting.
One of the parents who joined my Parents Workshop on the 3rd Dec has got her son eating spinach.
Now this may not sound like that big of a deal. But, previously he would get distressed and make the family remove anything green from the table (even if it wasn't destined for his plate). He also hasn't eaten a vegetable for about 2 1/2 years.
This is a huge step forwards for everyone - especially as the spinach was eaten calmly and happily and without any pressure from the parents.
If you'd like to see a similar "miracle" in your house then go on the waiting list for a workshop next year. 3 hours of your time, 3 hours of my knowledge and experience and "boom" spinach eating!!
Last Lunchboxes of the Year!
I still think of it as my "labour of love" but ...
No more lunchboxes for the year - yeah!!
I had a shared lunch yesterday so whipped up a Cucumber Christmas Tree platter. Really quick and simple to do.
I also made some home-made crackers.
These are so easy and a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. You can make plain or add seasonings of their choice. Yesterday I made thyme and Parmesan but you could do anything from just salt to Edam or smoked paprika.
I will send out the recipe in this weeks newsletter. To subscribe hit the website .. bottom of the front page .. http://www.theconfidenteater.com/
This lunchbox for Max has a leftover piece of a "healthier" cup cake that he baked for his birthday party. Plus some prawn and potato fritters.
But fritters can also be as simple as some grated potato and some cheese. Or some egg, some cheese and some grated carrot. Play to your child's strengths and sell them on a personalised version.
I love fritters as you can put pretty much anything into them. Here I wanted to use up two potatoes so married them with some herbs, some prawns and a bit of cheese and egg. Perfect as they have protein, carbs and even some veg. You can serve for dinner, as a side or of course in the thermos for lunch.
Have you tried fritters yet?
We ran a fabulous session for parents wanting to feed their kids a wider variety of foods on a wet and windy Saturday. Note the summer outfit (NOT)!!
It was an exciting 3 hours going through all the strategies that enable parents to feed their kids green food, new food and family food and culminated in a step-by-step plan that the families can follow to achieve this.
One of the mother's remarked at the end "I am looking forward to doing this".
This highlights the core philosophy of all my programs which is that food is about love and about family and about pleasure. Feeding your children should be joyful not frustrating or difficult.
If you want to return the joy to mealtimes contact me to book in a session for next year. Webinars coming soon so geographical location not an issue .... email@example.com
I was invited to a Women's Business Group Christmas party and needed to take a plate.
Never wanting to pass up an opportunity to do some food art I created a rosemary wreath. Given the cheese, tomatoes and olives crackers were an obvious addition. So I made some thyme and parmesan ones.
As many selective eaters live on pasta, crackers and bread it's great if you can choose the best options of these available to maximise nutrients.
The crackers are Wholemeal Spelt and contain no additives, no sugars and taste amazing. They keep well and are super simple to make. In fact this batch took me 10 mins to make and another 10 to bake.
I'll send out the recipe in an upcoming newsletter so subscribe to receive!!
Personalised gifts often mean so much more to people than something you've bought. This is especially true when a child goes to thought and effort.
Here are some simple economical ideas for Christmas gifts you can help your child to put together .....
Is there anything we've missed?
Yesterday we had a fabulous Collaborative Parent Workshop. A group of families with 4 or 5 year olds, all hesitant eaters, came to create a personal plan to get them eating confidently.
It was a full on 3 hours but everyone went away pumped, upskilled and ready to feed their children!
If all it takes is 3 hours to get the kids eating new food, green food and family meals - why wouldn't you?
We'll be running a rolling series of Collaborative Parent Workshops next year so contact us if you'd like to go on the waiting list ... firstname.lastname@example.org