Love It, Like It, Learning It Lunchbox:
LOVE IT FOODS: blueberries, nectarines, Beanitos mac 'n cheese white bean puffs
LIKE IT FOODS: edamame
LEARNING IT FOODS: grilled cheese, bell peppers
Before & After Images:
Observations of an Apprehensive Eater:
I may have never given her Cheetos before, but these Beanitos are an awesome alternative! With navy beans as the base and all-natural ingredients, they have 4 g of protein and 3 g of fiber per serving. One serving (i.e. 1 oz or what I test-weighed to equal 18 pieces) has under 200 mg sodium as well, which makes for a pretty decent alternative to traditional cheesy snack food. Finding healthier yet fun and easy alternatives are a win in my book! This makes it so she actually ate blueberries, nectarines, and a half serving of these bean-based chips. While they aren't an adequate meal in and of themselves, there do make a more nutrient-dense side that your traditional kid's snack crackers.
As for the uneaten items, SHE TOUCHED A BELL PEPPER. I wish she ate it of course, but these small signs show me her neophobia is lessening and her willingness to explore bell peppers is slowly starting to fade a bit. I don't know that I can blame her on the grilled cheese sandwich either because I am unsure I would want to eat it cold either!
Note: I try not to use the term, "picky eater" in our home. Even if it applies to our "apprehensive eater," it is not how I want her to be identified in her relationship to food. Here's a great article outlining Why You Should Never Call a Picky Eater a "Picky Eater"