Here at The Good Earth, we are completely committed to the idea that what you put into your body is exactly what you will get out of it. Our meals are preservative and dye free. We offer lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains such as rolled oats and whole wheat. Much of what we eat we either make or grow ourselves, and most items we purchase from the store or farmer’s market are certified organic and locally sourced.
I am a firm believer that no one is born a “picky” eater. Children have a wide variety of likes and dislikes and their taste buds are changing constantly. Most importantly, we never make a big fuss when they do eat something and we never make a big fuss if they don’t. Children are expected to take some of everything for their plates but are never forced to eat anything they choose not to. They are encouraged to try new things and try them repeatedly in case “their growing taste buds have changed”, but are never forced or bribed. Our meal time conversation is focused around our activities, what we are learning, our “highs” and “lows”, but never is the focus centered around what they will or will not eat. We teach our kids to be respectful and grateful for the food that is presented. If they do not like the look, smell, taste, or texture of something, they may say “no thank you” or, “I don’t care for that yet“. The word “yet” is key!”
Children will believe what they hear others say is true about themselves. If they hear us tell others that they don’t like a particular food, or they are “picky”, that is exactly what their truth will be!
One of my favorite resources for menu planning is 100 Days of Real Food. I have included an example of one of the meal plans we use. If you sign up for her newsletter, you will get 5 for free! They are excellent, easy to prepare, and delicious.