This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Maple Lodge Farms #FamilyFirst sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.
A few weeks ago I was able to take Jett, my oldest, to a fun event with Maple Lodge Farms. A family owned company with simple, natural ingredients, they recently launched a new “Naturally from the Farm” product line. Each family there was a team, and we had a competition to make a sandwich using the ingredients provided. We were each given samples of the Naturally From The Farm Deli Slices (Oven Roasted Chicken, Black Garlic and Peppercorn, and Jalapeno Chicken Breast) and Hickory Smoked Chicken Bacon. A buffet of toppings were also available.
Jett was so excited, he was literally jumping up and down. He wanted to make something from Minecraft, and we decided on a Ghast sandwich that was titled “AGASTA.” Since I know nothing about Ghast, the creative part was all him.
This is what our final creation looked like:
The sandwich was made with the black peppercorn chicken slices on white bread. His mouth is a red pepper and eyes are red peppers and olives. The sun (square for minecraft, of course) is mustard and tortillas, also known as circle bread in our house, were the clouds. Bacon and spinach made the trees, onion slices made the portal, and an olive wrapped in a gummy worm was our fireball.
Not only did everyone have a blast, the entire experience was a great way to encourage him to try other foods.
I can’t wait to use his new skills in our family dinners. Between the 6 people in our family, there just seems to be a lot of hustle and panic to get everyone ready and out the door. With everything being so busy, we try to have at least 3 meals a week where we can sit down as a family and eat together.
Our house has very picky eaters (including me), and often when Dad works late, we eat before he gets home. This can make meal time very frustrating.
Why Family First?
There are so many studies showing how great family meal time can be. From building relationships, developing personal skills, and learning manners, the list of benefits never stops. But that doesn’t make it any easier to follow through on.
Getting The Kids Involved
Have the kids help choose the meal (or depending on their age, help prepare the meal). Each kid can have a different assignment to get the table ready, clear the plates after, or help prepare the meal. Not only does this help me out, but the kids are more excited because they feel ownership in the meal. I am hoping eventually they will be able to prepare simple meals, and be happy about eating a sibling’s favorite food choice.
Making It Fun
My kids are 0, 4, 4, and 7, so everything in our house is about making it fun. I encourage them to try new foods by making them into funny faces, cutting sandwiches in to fun shapes, or naming them funny things. Attending this event with Maple Lodge Farms was a great opportunity to try new foods and get the kids excited about food. This is something I want to try again at home.
Do you have picky eaters? I would love to know what dinner time looks like in your family. If you have any suggestions, tips or ideas please comment here or tag me in social media with #FamilyFirst.