It has been a wonderful month of Spring Into Wellness recipes and advice. We hope you’ve enjoyed what our Flatout health experts have shared with you and look forward to hearing your thoughts on any of the dishes you create at home! Our final post comes from Nicole Silva, who is giving her best tips for keeping picky eaters happy and making a meal with a protein punch. Bon appetit!
If there is one misconception people have about dietitians, it’s that we have perfect diets. I could take it a step further and say a lot of people think our kids are fabulously well-rounded eaters. Well I’m here to tell you that neither of those stereotypes is true – at least not for me!
My three-year-old daughter has been a great eater until recently. All of a sudden my good eater has become picky…and it is driving me insane! I find protein to be my biggest struggle. Chicken, turkey, steak and even fish used to be easy meals for her. Now it is only a certain kind of chicken, maybe a turkey meatball. Often, she leaves the dinner table only having eaten fruit or yogurt. Sound familiar?
After re-reading one of my favorite books from graduate school, “Child of Mine” by Ellyn Satter (check out her website – it’s fabulous!), I altered my methods. Satter’s idea is basic. It is the parents’ responsibility to provide a child with food. It is the child’s responsibility to eat it. So I stopped pestering her. I make one meal at dinner for everyone, and it includes a major form of protein, poultry, lean red meat or fish. I always serve it with fruit and/or vegetables, most of which she willingly eats. If she decides she doesn’t want to eat the protein, there is always yogurt or a peanut butter and jelly in the fridge.
Otherwise, when dinner is over, so is meal time. I find that if she is hungry (translation: no snacks before dinner), she eats. If not, she won’t starve. I stock the fridge with a lot of healthy choices, make sure she takes a multivitamin and know that I will look back and realize it wasn’t worth stressing over!
This calzone recipe is packed with protein, delicious and super easy to make. Enjoy!
Ham and Cheese Calzone
- 2 Flatout Soft 100% Whole Wheat Wraps
- 1/3 lb low sodium deli ham
- 1/3 lb low fat Swiss cheese
- Jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Lay each wrap on the cookie sheet. Divide and layer ham, Swiss cheese and roasted red peppers evenly between each wrap, leaving 1 inch around the edge. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese. Roll tightly by folding each edge in, starting with a long side. Flip over and make two small slices with a knife to allow for venting.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden. Slice in half and serve!
We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!
- What are your strategies for helping picky eaters clean their plates?