This one has seriously saved my sanity. A common scene around our table is L Star sitting in front of full plate: “I just want the pasta without the sauce”, “Can I just have the rice?”… L Star was difficult to please from day one of solids. And I sympathise. I was also a terrible picky eater and now I’m copping it. He only ever ate watermelon with any enthusiasm (really? The most watery and surely least nutritious of all foods? Great ) and now he just likes plain everything. I know they all start to do this around 3 or 4 and I know enough not to stress about it now, but that’s because I have STRATEGIES… My friends, let me introduce you to BONE BROTH. Sounds revolting? You may know it simply as STOCK. A good bone broth is a spectacular source of a zillion nutrients and super healing for the gut.
My secret is to cook the carbs in broth instead of water. Pasta, rice, gnocchi, hell if you’re really keen you can add it to smoothies and pancakes. I do. No one notices. I’m happy. But it has to be quality broth, not the cheap salty stuff from the supermarket. Either make it yourself or find a butcher who makes the really thick gelatinous stuff. That’s the best. Most butchers do I have found. Now if L Star just wants the carbs? No problem, he’s getting protein, heaps of minerals, gut healing gelatin and a bunch of other stuff. A bit of fruit after and we’re done. Of course not for every meal. But now when he pulls this one, no dramas.
You can find some more info and ideas here: http://realhealthykids.com/feature/recipes/bone-broth-liquid-gold-kids/
And tips from Food Renegade for making the ultimate beautiful gelatinous broth 🙂
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