Have I ever mentioned that Forrest is a picky eater? (The correct answer is yes. Yes, I have written about his pickiness a thousand times and you would probably love nothing more than for me to stop whining about it. But since his picky eating is an ever-present, looming annoyance in our lives, I’m just going to keep going on complaining until, I don’t know, he finally chokes down a vegetable.) Since he seems to delight in making my life more difficult by being unbelievably picky, I was happy to explore supplementation options with Enfagrow for this sponsored post as a way to get some important nutrients into his system.
The sad part about his eating habits is that I am convinced he’s not actually picky. He loved and devoured eeeeverything I offered him right up until his terrible twos stage set in, and I think those little wheels started turning and he realized food was a battle he could win, one small aspect of his life he could be completely in charge of. I couldn’t force him to eat, so turning up his little nose at 99% of the foods I presented to him became his way to assert himself and gain some control. I’ll never stop thinking back fondly on those long-ago days when he’d wolf down anything I placed in front of him, then enthusiastically sign for ‘more’ . . . homemade Thai dishes, vegetable-packed soups, food in every color of the rainbow. *wistful sigh* One of these days, he’ll come around and realize his mom isn’t nearly as bad of a cook as he thinks.
Until then, I’m just trying not to turn our kitchen table into a battleground. I don’t know what the ‘right’ approach to handling picky eating is (if there is one), but my theory has been that he’ll try new things when he’s ready. I do everything I can to give him tasty, healthy options without catering too much to his pickiness, and I figure he’ll eat when he’s ready. For breakfast and lunch, I give him meals I know he’ll enjoy--toast and peanut butter sandwiches made with my homemade wheat bread, fruit, deli meats, crackers, nuts--but when dinnertime rolls around, I make the meals I want to make without worrying about whether or not he’ll eat them (and I include a side dish or two I feel pretty sure he’ll enjoy, like grapes or wheat rolls). And if he chooses to go to bed hungry instead of eating what I put on his plate, that’s his choice to make.
I feel like he eats a decent amount of food throughout the day--I certainly don’t worry that he’s hungry or underfed--it’s the quality and variety of food he eats that makes me a bit nervous. If it were up to him, he’d eat nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and donuts all day, perhaps with few apple slices tossed in. I’m a little concerned that he isn’t really getting the sort of nutrition a growing body needs, so I was more than happy to try out some Enfagrow when they offered recently.
One nutrition factoid that caught my interest was Enfagrow’s emphasis on DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block in the brain, especially since most brain growth growth happens during the first 3 years of life. DHA is particularly hard to get into your toddler since it’s most prevalent in foods that the average toddler isn’t going to come near with a 10-foot pole (like fatty fish), and most toddlers aren’t getting nearly the recommended amount of it. And since Enfagrow’s toddler drinks have DHA (as well as other important nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, iron, and even prebiotics), I like the idea of using it to supplement Forrest’s picky, narrow diet to make sure he’s getting the nutrition he needs.
Can any of you commiserate with me on the topic of raising a picky eater? (I sure hope I’m not the only parent out there rolling her eyes daily while her child insists he hates something totally innocuous, like pasta or chicken.) Enfagrow is giving away one gift package to one of you, which includes one Toddler Transitions can (21 oz.) and one Toddler Next Step Natural Milk Flavor can (24 oz)! If you’re the mom of a picky little eater, it could be a great way for you to feel a little more at ease about your child’s nutrition and development, and make sure they’re getting nutrients and DHA.
To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me about your picky eater and why you want your toddler to try Enfagrow! The giveaway will be open till October 11*
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