My five year old son is a super picky eater. He won’t eat eggs, most meats, bananas, melted cheese(?!) or any cooked vegetables. He does get a good mix of nutrients and proteins in his diet in other ways, but not without some struggle.
I have heard all of the suggestions before on how to get him to eat. We have tried the “you get what you get” method – with no luck. If we did that every night, he would go to bed without dinner 5/7 nights a week.
We have tried deconstructing all of our meals so that some combination would satisfy the choosey palate of a preschooler, but he would learn to survive on rice and rice alone.
So here we are, an overall healthy five year old boy, who refuses to try new foods. I wanted to fix this quickly, because his little sister copies everything he does. As of now, she has a great appetite and tries most new foods, but I know the change could be coming at any time.
One day while I was doing the dishes, I was going to fill two ice cube trays with water to stick back into the freezer, and a brilliant (self-proclaimed) idea popped into my head. Fill these little cubes with food! Maybe my kids will think it’s a game and be willing to try it all.
I filled up the sections with all sorts of snacks, vegetables, meat, cheese, fruits and one treat. (I always tell them to try and save the treat for the end!)
My kids literally..ate it up. They both tried a bite of every single thing. I was almost in tears when my son took a bite of a bell pepper. *Proud mama moment.* Ha!
Since then, “Ice Cube Lunches” as my kids endearingly call them are a staple in our house. We have designated ice cube trays that go into their dish drawer, and they get so excited whenever I pull them out.
They don’t always eat all of everything, but the rule with an ice cube tray lunch is that you must take a “polite bite” of everything, if you want to eat the treat.
Some of Our Favorite Items
- Nuts (peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.)
- Snap Peas
- Carrot Sticks
- Grape Tomatos
- Veggie Straws
- Granola Bars (cut in half)
- Rolled Deli Meat
- String Cheese (cut in half)
- Mini Marshmallows
- Dried Fruit
The possibilities are endless! Give it a try with your kids this week, and let me know how it goes!