This article was requested by Nicolette at Momnivore’s Dilemma. I hope it helps your Nicolette!
It’s been my experience that kids are picky eaters. Actually I should amend that statement, I find that kids who eat processed foods are picky eaters.
Yes, I’m saying that if you feed kids good food they usually love it.
Of course there will be the usual fussing at the beginning of the change in diet, but if you stick to your new way of cooking and have your family eat good foods kids generally follow along. This does mean that if your a parent you’ll need to eat the new food you’re introducing with the kind of attitude you want your child to achieve. Just think about it for a second – if you want your child to eat and enjoy vegetables do you eat your veggies with a grimace, extra ketchup, or feed them to the dog?
Kids see how we treat food, and respond accordingly.
So no matter what food you’re introducing please eat it with your kids. Now on to the question. Nicolette has 2 young children (3 and 1), who are absolutely adorable, but they won’t drink broth.
What’s a Mother to do?
I’m going to tell you the best way to get your kids to like broth in this post, and it’s useful no matter what age your child is. So Moms with older children? Keep listening.
When I was first introduced to broth I loved it, but that could be because I was suffering from stomach pain and couldn’t really eat something else. Personally I’ve found everything tastes better when it makes you stop feeling terrible. After that I drank it before every meal – and I got burned out. Couldn’t stand the thought of trying to eat it. So I stopped. But when I got on the GAPS™ diet I needed to eat it again. I can’t deny that I was apprehensive, “Would I like eating it? Would I, an adult, simply have to force it down?”
Actually none of the above. I don’t mind bragging a little bit, but my Mom is a genius. She discovered the one way even my brother – an anti-broth/soup guy – likes to eat it! He’ll even go into the fridge and take the leftovers.
Make Cream Soup
Most kids are turned off of broth because it has that layer of fat on the top, but when you make a creamed soup you make that go away. The fat magically disappears into the soup, you can add any delicious flavors you want, and you can even increase the fat without your kids, or husband, knowing it! (It makes me gleeful just thinking about it)
How do you make creamed soups?
It’s so simple.
Take your broth (Nourishing Traditions bone broth is the best), put it into a pot on the stove and get it warming. Then add one or more of the following:
Add them in medium to small chunks along with onion. Simmer until the veggies are tender. Turn off the heat. Crush some garlic into it and leave it on top of the stove for about 10-15 minutes. (You can also add spices at this point.) Then you put it in the blender and blend it until creamy. Careful it will be very hot! You’ll need to play around with the ratio of veggies to broth until you find the right amount of creaminess for your family.
Pour this into bowls and enjoy! You can even put it in a mug and sip on it. We find we can eat this more often then we can plain broth. You can also add garnishes like 24 hour fermented sour cream, cheese, cilantro, or other favorite toppings. It also travels great in a thermos!
So that is my favorite way to get broth into kids. Try it and see how your kids like it. But most important – be adventurous in the kitchen!
Any other suggestions? I would love to hear them. How do you get your kids to eat broth?