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I have been looking for months, and finally I can say I am gainfully employed. I am just started copywriting for a local website, and soon I’ll be behind the deli counter at a local grocery store.
I have to admit, I am in a constant state of anxiety.
Being home full-time was challenging enough. My younger son was much more needy than my first, and the house has been a mess for about a year now.
I have been jugging a lot of things, and I am struggling trying to figure out how I am going to keep the place running when I am working out of the home a few days a week and working in it other days.
The biggest struggle as I shift gears has been meals. I have been running so fast I don’t even realize it’s lunchtime until someone starts asking for a snack or the baby starts crying.
So the next few days I am focusing on bringing in a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables to not only grab and go when I’m home, but to have organized when one of the grandparents are taking care of the kids while I’m working (I am totally blessed that way).
Wonder Boy is going to help me prep snacks every few days, learning to chop, stir and work in the kitchen. I am a total believer in the power of helping create the food to help them eat it, and it’s proven successful with his current obsession with yogurt and granola. He is also going to help pick meals so I know he will want to eat them for the grandparents instead of bugging them for pizza or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Want to know some simple tips to help get fruits and vegetables into your toddler or preschooler’s diet? Here are some six ideas from Sprout Organic Foods (who have a whole line of pouches and snack items). I added in some notes for what already work for us.
- Smoothies are an awesome way to sneak in spinach, beets or carrot juice into a sweet treat. We put avocados, spinach, and carrot juice in on a regular basis, and I have a couple ready to be blended in my freezer. We are not above freezing them for a popsicle either. Yum!
- Along with my son’s love for yogurt and granola, both boys loves sliced or smashed berries mixed in. I’m lucky both will eat Greek yogurt, but we don’t always have it on hand. I do make sure Lil’ Wonder always gets full-fat yogurt.
- Veggies and dip took a little bit in our house, since Wonder Boy didn’t like baby carrots and I had to shred them when he was a toddler. However, now we use guacamole, spread cheese, hummus or salad dressing to make a ‘fancy’ snack tray or ranch dressing and baby carrots to get a crunchy snack while waiting for dinner.
- I’ve been mixing up some strange combinations for Lil’ Wonder, and always pick the most unique ones when I buy puree pouches (a must when running on errands or having grandma sit unexpectedly).
- Put fruits and berries into the batter for waffles and pancakes. There have been blueberries diving into our pancakes for a while, those sneaky fruits! Look online for recipes with carrots and other different ingredients.
- Making snacks small enough for Lil’ Wonder’s voracious appetite and ability to shove a third of a banana down his throat can be a challenge. I try to keep a stock of packaged bite-sized snacks so I can throw a handful his way while I prepare a meal or snack.
Do you have any good advice for me as I transition from at home all day to working? I am going to be chronicling my journey as I will be having to pack meals, pack for little boys and plan ahead for dinner every day.
And thanks Sprouts for some food ideas for my little boys!