Isabelle was recently diagnosed as severely iron deficient. Drinking too much milk during the day has lead her to not eating enough food. Top it off with her being a picky eater and we are in the perfect storm.
She is taking a daily liquid iron supplement. We have also been directed to increase her red meat and veggie intake.
We are trying it all, dark green hidden in a fruit smoothie a few times a week. Veggies hidden in hamburgers and sloppy joes, cheese covered deliciousness.
One of the main things I have had to do is let go of my image of success. That by somehow making my kids eat the same things I am, I’m winning. Well, that’s just stressful. I get annoyed because they never like anything I cook (I’m a good cook, it’s something I pride myself on). We waste a TON of food, because I cook for 3+ and only 2 actually eat it. Causes me to over eat because… well mom bites.
So here are a few successes so far!
- Enjoyed by my oldest. Still winning.
- Doubled this and used only carrots but still came out pretty good. Both kids loved this.
- Made these into smash burgers instead of meatballs.
We are still working through and figuring out a new menu that works for us. It will be a long road with more blood work, perseverance and patience.