I learned about the One New Food Challenge through the creator of Mommy in Sports, Kristen. She teamed up with Lauren (great name, right?) from the blog, Oh, Honestly, with the hopes of expanding the palate of our most picky eaters, our kids! Basically, you introduce them to #onenewfood each week. Easy, right?
I was intrigued by the idea right away. I have noticed my oldest son, who was always willing to try ANYTHING (even if it was just a bite), is suddenly quick to turn down all new foods offered to him. So, if we are being honest here, I have sort of stopped offering. I have been too ‘busy’ and too lazy to force him to eat foods he doesn’t want. Now, he eats the typical 6-year-old foods. Chicken nuggets, pasta, pizza… you know, the usual. My daughter, at just 1 and a half, is at the curious age where she wants to take a bite of EVERYTHING we have and is willing to try anything.
So I have an opportunity here to start my daughter off on what will hopefully become a lifetime of healthy eating habits, and a chance to get my son back on track, by making him try more foods.
I started with Mila, since she has been eating the same items for breakfast lately. (pancakes, waffles, fruit, or cereal) I decided I would make her eggs and turkey sausage. My husband and I eat eggs every single morning, and we have offered them to her in the past, but its been awhile.
Well, she loved it. Ate up all the eggs and some of the turkey sausage. Now she asks for eggs at least a few times a week. (and to think, I gave up on eggs with her!) I was shocked with how easy it was.
Next was Hudson. We order take out occasionally and we always have to cook something different for him so he will eat. Not this time. We got sushi and I ordered him veggie lo mein. (ok, ok… I know this challenge is all about introducing healthier foods and lo mein may not be the BEST choice… but cut me a break people. Baby steps.) At first he said “No!” Then I told him he had to take two bites, and after that I would make him whatever he wanted. Well, he took two bites… and he liked it. (Mila ate it, too)
I am going to continue to make a conscious effort to offer my kids a variety of foods, especially since I now realize how easy it is. It doesn’t have to be a battle, but I can at least push them to try things out of their comfort zone.
Will you take the #ONENEWFOOD challenge?