The sorbet must have been a little tart for Mia, letsbehonest, she loves ice cream and doesn't normally push it away!
I must admit that I've turned into "that mom" who goes organic when possible, avoids the normal snack foods (like goldfish), and throws all the fresh fruits and veggies into Mia as possible... and I'm proud of it! Don't go feeling sorry for Mia though, girlfriend has got plenty of loved ones rallying around her trying to sneak her goodies as often as possible! My nephew tried to give Mia chocolate but his mom told him no (because I said it was off limits) and he exclaimed, "I just want her to be happy and have a good life!!" bahaha! Eric loves to give her treats, her grandparents spoil her like it's their full time job and even I love to see her reaction to "nummy nummy" treats! But I do my best to feed her as healthy as possible.
I know all kids are different and we have been blessed with a good eater who doesn't really have texture issues. I'm also a firm believe that kids prefer what they are used to eating, and they develop a "palate" of sorts very early on! We went to a baseball game with friends and they bought their daughter a hot dog. They were shocked to hear that Mia had never tried one so they gave her a piece... and she spit it right back out! My crazy momma heart almost burst with pride, ha ha! I bought her chicken nuggets once from a fast food joint in town... and Mia wouldn't have anything to do with them! I was annoyed with wasting the money so I bit into one... and totally understood why Mia wouldn't eat that crap. Gross! I home cook almost all of our meals so Mia is used to fresh food instead of overly processed stuff, which is obvious when she doesn't touch it. But that's not to say that Mia doesn't eat crap, we are only human here! She loooooves pizza and pasta (a carb lover like her parents!) but she thinks the green smoothies we drink with it are a total treat!
So how do we get Mia to eat the fruits and veggies? She's very used to it since she only ate fresh fruits and veggies once we started her on solids. Now it's just a part of our diet at every meal. Mia is used to seeing spinach cooked into her scrambled eggs. For lunch I give her a plate full of multiple fruits and veggies (as well as the main course) and she eats it right up because she feels like she's in control. If I only give her one or two options, she gets sick of it and won't eat any of it! When I make (Annie's) mac n cheese I add shredded spinach and a grated carrot. It's not that I'm trying to hide her veggies, it's that I want her to be used to eating it in every meal, whether it's mixed in to one dish or a side. The best part? It doesn't bother her and she eats it right up!
Mia is an amazing eater but she definitely has her moments! It's those times that I pull out the big guns... yogurt is one of her very favorite things to eat! I can hide anything in her yogurt and she will eat it up! But I really think we don't have to battle over the good stuff since it's just apart of our every day life. I honestly believe she's just simply used to seeing it so she eats it up! I don't know what I'll do if my next kid can't handle textures or just plain hates to eat... AH!
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