Not surprisingly, the quads are rapidly becoming picky, toddler eaters. For the most part they are decent eaters, but lately it’s been a challenge to convince them to eat fresh fruits and veggies. They even shake their heads and say, “no” when they don’t want to try something. Also, I often catch them putting undesirable food on the plates of their siblings as they snatch their favored morsels.
Last week, I excitedly borrowed some frugal meal tips from my friend, Becky. One of her takeaway items was –“Applesaucy Drink”, served in Toss and Take Cups. It seemed to be a great way to get them to eat fruit, while also promoting oral motor skills (something Sydney and Mason need work on). I attempted it with the quads the very next day, and they DEVOURED this drink. The only problem was
they the boys pulverized the straws in the process. Hmmm. Maybe not a keeper yet. We shall revisit. The quads have been using silicone straw cups well for several months, but I suspected they would easily clog with applesauce so I had to think of something else.
Bananas, once the favorite fruit at our house are now a no-go. Yet, I wasn’t willing to give up on getting the quads to eat them. After all, bananas are the most inexpensive fruit and easiest to serve and keep. Using the Magic Bullet, I created a banana milkshake that went through their straws seamlessly. It was slurped down by all four in a matter of minutes. I’m not sure anyone bothered to pause for a breath. Upon finishing his drink, Mason let out a gigantic belch. This week, I also tried making shakes with frozen berries, but it didn’t go as well. I think fresh strawberries or mangoes may work so I’ll try them soon.
I’ve also added a Carnation Instant Breakfast on days when they didn’t eat well, and I wanted to add calories for the day. They really lap those chocolately banana shakes up.
You may notice we use Braum’s milk. That’s because they do not use growth hormone and sell a gallon of milk for about half the price of grocery store organic. George goes to Braum’s to buy 2-3 gallons of milk twice per week, and he’s now a “regular”. When they see him, they bag whole milk and hand him an ice cream cone!
For months, I’ve been also successfully using Becky’s idea of “Sneaky Mac ‘n’ Cheese”. It’s a huge hit at our house. After sampling part of the quad’s lunch, a friend’s daughter even requested it to be served at her house. I’m fully aware that Becky and I aren’t the first to sneak fresh produce into our children’s mouths. In fact, there are several cookbooks based upon the principle. However as quad moms, we are looking for SUPER SIMPLE. What are your favorite sneaky ways to serve fruits and veggies?