It’s the middle the day and you are on your phone checking for your child’s latest BrightWheel update. It looks as though your little one is having a great day at TotSpot Academy. Their day is packed with fun; playing with friends, some outdoor time, a long nap, an engaging craft and a circle activity, but there is one update that leaves you puzzled- shocked even… Upon pick up, you inquire with the teachers…
“How did you get my child to eat ________ ?!”
“I’ve tried everything to get my child to eat ______!”
“I never even thought my child would like that for a snack!”
“They would never eat that at home.”
Well the truth of the matter is, you’re not the only parent who cannot get your child to eat grapes, quinoa or baked oatmeal at home. You’re also not the only parent who thinks their child will not enjoy foods such as roasted chickpeas, hummus or a kale fruit smoothie.
A lot of parents ask us how in the world we get their child to eat something that they are just guaranteed to refuse at home. Though we at TotSpot have not yet launched a specific study as to why your children “eat (whatever kind of food they don’t eat for you) for us”, here are some of my theories:
- We Amp It Up!
-It would seem as though lunch and snack are VERY exciting events in our day at TotSpot! Not only do most of your children LOVE food, but we, as teachers, make a big deal about lunch and snack times. It may sound a little over the top, but we literally prepare the kids verbally and even sing songs about lunch/snack coming for 5-10 minutes before it arrives (even cheering when it is delivered to our door!). This does two things… The first is that it gets the children excited- if the teachers are excited about what the kids are eating, the students are excited! The second is it becomes a part of their daily routine and allows them to know what to anticipate during certain points of the day. When they hear verbal cues through song and conversation regarding lunch/snack, they begin to tidy up their toys and get settled into a ‘meal-time mindset’.
- Their Friends Are Eating It
- Long story short- your children are influenced by their peers, even when it comes to what they eat. If the whole class is eating it, your child will likely, at the very least, give the food a chance.
- We Branch Out!
- At TotSpot we are SO lucky to have an In-House Chef that creates all of our home cooked meals for your sweet little kiddos! This gives us the ability to cook healthier as well as cook differently! Do not be afraid to try new recipes with your kids, they might just love it!
Again, these are just my meal-time thoughts based on working at TotSpot for just under a year. Though we cannot directly come to your house to amp up your dinner time, or bring a full class of toddlers to your house on the weekend so your child might have a better chance at eating that Chicken Quesadilla with sour cream… we can share some of our super successful recipes with you on this blog- to try in your own home! Keep up with this “They Eat It For Us…” series to see what we’re cooking up in the TotSpot kitchen!
For today **drumroll**… Kaitlyn’s Famous… Roasted Chick Peas! (a class and staff favorite!)
Roasted Garlic Chick Peas:
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Oven Temp: 450 F / 230 C
- 1 Can Chick Peas
- 2 Tbsp Olive/ Vegetable/ Avocado Oil
- 2 Tsp Salt
- 1.5 Tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ Tsp Pepper
- Preheat oven to 450F
- Drain the water from the chickpeas and dry them with paper towel. Leave for 5 minutes, allowing as much moisture as possible to transfer onto the paper.
- Mix the oil, salt, pepper and garlic pepper together. Add the chick peas and stir until well combined.
- Spread the chick peas in a single layer onto a parchment lined baking tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes. *Keep an eye on the chick peas during your first attempt at making them, as some ovens heat differently or quicker than ours might!
- Allow chick peas to fully cool before removing them from the tray. Store in an air tight jar for 2-3 days.