Although my two girls eat really well, my son is the complete opposite. At 3½, Freddy epitomises the term fussy eating. He mainly lives on homemade smoothies and turns his nose up at almost everything else.
We think that Freddy has sensory issues because he says things like:
“I don’t like hot food.”
“I don’t like cold food.”
“I don’t like lumps or bits in my food.”
The never-ending angst we go through on behalf of our children
I’ve gone through every emotion you imagine about this over the last few years, because Freddy’s fussy eating used to really bother me. Being such a foodie I felt like a complete failure due to his lack of interest in almost all food, not to mention lack of variety to his diet. I was also concerned in the earlier days that he wouldn’t grow or put on weight.
You only need to take one look at my boy however, to see that there’s nothing to worry about. With his healthy physic, bright eyes and long legs you’d naturally assume that he falls into the category: eats like a horse.
You might be wondering what our secret is?
Freddy eats nutrient dense whole foods, which truly sustain him. He has very little in the way of processed carbs, and doesn’t have any refined sugar. By eating this way, I know that Freddy is getting everything he needs.
We make a super smoothie (recipe below) every morning and some evenings. It is packed full of goodness, and Freddy helps me make them so he knows exactly what goes in. Although he’ll often say that he hates carrot or avocado, he happily adds them to the blender then drinks the end result. It’s all very confusing to be honest, which is why I decided a while ago to stop fretting about it.
I also constantly offer him new foods, because all children have the capacity to be fickle. They might adore something one day, but not even want to look at it the next. A recent win for us, was Freddy eating two huge chunks of watermelon because he has always refused it in the past.
A super smoothie recipe for you
½ medium sized avocado (heart healthy good fat, potassium, fibre)
½ medium sized banana (increases energy, helps regulate blood pressure, contains vitamin B6)
½ medium sized raw carrot (rich in vitamins A, C, K, B8, and minerals)
350ml live bio yoghurt (probiotic for a healthy gut)
tbsp cacao powder (antioxidant rich, full of iron, magnesium and calcium)
drizzle of raw honey to sweeten (natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, aids digestion)
– add all ingredients to your blender, and whizz on a high setting until everything is smooth
– serve immediately