The gluten free test kitchen has been losing speed lately.
I’m finding it all very tough to keep up with. Carter already doesn’t eat a wide variety of foods so I’ve been finding it difficult and stressful to find gluten free foods that he would not only try but actually eat as well. I’m also stressing over his nutrition. I just know he’s not getting the proper nutrition and I’m really just lost in this gluten free madness.
I’ve been trying to come up with ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into foods that Carter will eat. I’ve done some reading on how to introduce new foods to picky eaters without force feeding them. There have been times where I just wanted to put Carter in a pretzel and make him eat his spinach!
Well, I decided I would start with his watermelon freezie pops. He really loves those things (yay!) so I decided it would be a good place to hide some extra nutrition.
I ended up juicing a beet as well as 2 handfuls of spinach and 2 cups of watermelon. I added the juice to a blender and blended it with the other 2 and a half cups of watermelon, the juice of 1 lime and 3 tablespoons of stevia.
Pulse, pulse, pulse and I had a beautiful dark pink/red mixture. I poured it in the popsicle molds and anxiously waited. When I did a taste test I was nervous because the beet flavor totally took over. I could definitely taste it over the watermelon. I didn’t mind, but Carter? Well, we all know how picky he is. He’d sniff out the imposter freezie pop in a second.
I asked him if he wanted to eat a popsicle and he did the sign for eat. Okay, here goes. Fingers crossed. He tasted it. I just knew he would give it right back to me. He looked at it funny. Uh-oh, here goes. He tasted it again. I was ready for him to drop it right on the floor. He studied it for a second trying to figure it out. My hopes went up as he tasted it again. I was totally shocked when he ate the whole thing!
This was really a great start. While I did go overboard with the new flavors, he still ate it, so I’ll take that. Thinking about what I can try next.
~I always feel like I want to give up, but I just keep going.~