Audrey and Maurene can't read yet. They don't know what I am learning from reading Eat to Live, The China Study, and Super Immunity. Well, other than what I tell them. And hearing mommy say that cow milk was created to make healthy baby cows does not change the fact that they don't appreciate plant-based milks yet. It also does not change the fact that the higher in sugar the cereal the more they desire a bowl.
So I am getting creative. Here are some of my tips:
- Don't make big changes for small children. They like the familiar.
- Do tell them what you are doing. You want them to learn to enjoy new tastes.
- Offer many tastes and let them know it is alright to not like it and even spit it out if necessary.
- Prepare items in many different ways. Raw, baked, steamed, and roasted all taste different.
- Don't be afraid to take a step back and try again later.
Those are a few of my guidelines. Here is what I have done that has worked:
- Mix cow milk with plant milk. Start with 75% cow milk and slowly work from there.
- Cereal is an easy way to introduce new milk. The flavor is changed a little by the cereal.
- Mix higher sugar cereal with a lower sugar on. We like Honey Nut Cheerio's and regular.
- Measure so you know where you started.
- Add fresh or dried fruit to the cereal.
All of these steps have helped us have healthier mornings. My girls are not big cereal eaters and they like a variety. The problem is that dad keeps buying the Honey Nut Cheerio's. I would rather they not have 8 grams of sugar for breakfast. So I started mixing it with half regular Cheerio's. They are happy and so am I.
Have your cereal with a Berry Green Smoothie for an even healthier start to the day!
|Happy, Healthy Child.|