Changing your diet is tough, changing your whole family’s diet is really tough. When someone approaches me about weight loss or changing their diet I ask them what obstacles keep them from achieving this. The typical answers are: work, lack of time, cost, and picky little eaters that have got to be fed. I will address all of these is upcoming posts, but for now lets discuss picky eaters.
I was a picky kid, and I am a picky adult. I only eat my meat very well done, I don’t like for my food to touch, and if it looks gross..I’m not touching it.
So what is the solution? How do you help a picky eater adapt to a healthy diet?
Don’t force it. Start small. Ease in to it. If your kids are used to eating fast food and macaroni at every meal they are going to freak out if you start serving them broccoli and grilled chicken. And we certainly don’t want them to hate food. In fact, we want quite the opposite. For me, it was a slow transition. Over a year or so I developed a taste for vegetables and meats that I never thought would have been possible. I think that a great way to start is to change the typical unhealthy foods into healthy foods. The recipe below, for the chicken fingers- is sure to make your kids happy. The difference? These are grain free, free from nasty canola and peanut oil, dairy and soy free, and full of nutrient dense ingredients. I suggest NOT telling them that they are any different that any other chicken finger. Some kids are really good at smelling out a healthy alternative, but I bet you can sneak this one by them.
*As for you, the non picky eater that is trying to make the lifestyle change. Focus on YOU. Get your diet and health in order and I guarantee the rest will fall into place. Prepare your meals and have options on the side for the rest of the family. Your family and friends will watch the change in you and will be inspired to change themselves.
- 2 lbs chicken tenderloins
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp all purpose seasoning or poultry seasoning
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F) and line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a shallow dish, mix together almond flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, parsley, seasoning, and black pepper.
- In a small bowl, beat together 2 eggs.
- Blot the moisture from your chicken tenderloins. Dip them in the egg mixture making sure to coat evenly and ten dredge them into the breading, pressing the mixture into the chicken until fully coated.
- Separate each chicken finger onto the baking sheet.
- Bake 8-9 minutes on each side, or until chicken is done throughout.
- Serve immediately.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!