My kids won’t eat ….

So lately we have had a huge issue in our house. My kids will not eat anything that comes out of my kitchen. Now this bothers me on a few levels. First I am bothered by the fact that they seem to only want to eat crap that comes out of a box or from a fast food restaurants. Secondly it bothers me that I put lots of time and love into preparing food for them and then they turn their nose up at it and would rather starve than eat what I make. So what is a mom to do when she wants happy healthy well fed kids?

I have no clue. Can you help me?

As of right now the only things my kids will eat (since I won’t let them eat McDonalds everyday) is oatmeal and fruit. Even with that I have to bribe them with a 1/4 size piece of graham cracker just so they will eat. I try to get as much into them with each bite as possible. One of their favorite things is peanut butter. Works for me helps get protein in their bodies to help fuel them but sadly I worry about the strain on their kidneys since they don’t want to drink much water either.

I am open to any suggestions you may be able to share on getting them to expand their pallets. As for now I will continue with my bribes and try to get whatever nutrients in them I can. Here is a nice healthy snack that my kids love and it is also great for mom before a workout to get in some potassium and protein.

Remember that peanut butter recipe I shared? It will come in handy with this little snack.

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Bananas and peanut butter

1-2 bananas sliced

3-4 Tablespoons peanut butter

To make prep for this easy I put all the banana slices on a plate then pipe the peanut butter on from a sandwich baggie.

I have tried smearing it with a butter knife but I just make a mess.

The kids absolutely love this little snack.

They love to eat it and play with it too, banana tower anyone?

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Homemade Peanut Butter

My kids love peanut butter. And when I say love I mean LOVE. They never seem to be able to get enough of it. On crackers, toast, celery, fruit, just licking it off a spoon … they eat it all the time. So I decided to help make it a little healthier for them and to get in added goodness I would start making it myself.

I have noticed that a lot of peanuts you can go to the store and buy are a little dry and therefor not conducive to making a nice creamy peanut butter. So I add extra oils in. My favorite thing to add into it is coconut oil because of its many health benefits but in a pinch I use grapeseed oil as well.

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Homemade Peanut Butter

1-2 cups peanuts

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil depending on how dry your peanuts are

Pour your peanuts into a food processor and run until smooth.

After processing if it is too dry add in the coconut oil until it is creamy.