Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Bell Pepper Tantrum

My 2 and a half year old had an epic tantrum at lunch yesterday. Lunch is always a potential hot spot as tantrums are considerably more likely to happen when she is tired and lunch is often immediately before nap. A lunch staple is "pigs in a blanket" which is raw veggies wrapped up in a slice of turkey. We use a variety of veggies: steamed broccoli, cucumber, carrots, romaine hearts, celery, but most often (and her favorite) is bell pepper. I was out of peppers, so she had carrots and cucumber. She wanted bell pepper. We didn't have any. Cue meltdown.

I pretty much consider that a victory. What kid screams because they want more veggies?

And on that note, here's your Nutritionist's Tip of the Day: How To Get Your Kid To Eat Veggies
Step 1. Eat vegetables yourself
Step 2. Offer them to your child
It really is just that easy. Don't reward veggies, don't make it a big deal, just put them on everyone's plate and enjoy.