Picky Eater Challenge: DAY ONE

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Are you looking for tips for a picky eater? Join us for Picky Eater Challenge: DAY ONE where we interview @ErekaV about creating healthy habits. "My kids didn't just come into this world and say... bring on the broccoli. I work at it" ~ Ereka Vetrini

We’re so pleased to have Ereka Vetrini join us as the first speaker for The Picky Eater Challenge! She knows a thing or two about having a busy lifestyle while maintaining an uncomplicated life. Managing all her endeavors while maintaining healthy habits requires her to set goals and stay disciplined. 

Ereka’s mom didn’t open a can or box of anything. She soaked her own beans. So, we’re excited to have Ereka’s perspective growing up in a healthy family food culture and how that heritage where fresh was the way to go effects her kids. Be sure to listen for the tip from Ereka about holding the starch, and how the timing of serving different items works with her family.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE:

Replace store bought dressing with homemade

Replace store-bought salad dressing with homemade. Click through for recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch!

Dressing and sauces can be a scary ordeal for a picky eater.
Questions that may be swirling around in a picky eater’s head when dinner time arrives:

  • What’s IN this dressing?
  • Why is it white (or orange)?
  • What are those specks?

Making a dressing from scratch can often take the angst out of the mystery for a picky eater.  They can see all the ingredients being added and the unknown element of the dressing fades away.

Is Homemade Ranch Dressing Better Than Store-Bought? – Bon Appétit
“Ranch dressing is a mixture of mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic, herbs, and spices invented in 1954 by Steve and Gayle Henson at their Hidden Valley Ranch in California. Originally sold as flavoring packets to be added to mayonnaise and buttermilk.”

You can get a similar flavor to store bought dressing without the heavy mayo and thick buttermilk of traditional ranch. We like homemade dressings because they are far healthier, contain no preservatives and can be modified to suit a picky eater’s needs.

HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK RANCH
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Ingredients
  1. 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  2. 2 chives, finely chopped
  3. ½ cup buttermilk
  4. ½ cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  5. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  7. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk to until well blended. Chill until ready to use. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Notes
  1. **If you do not have buttermilk, combine 1/2 cup regular milk with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and let sit for five minutes.
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TODAY’S CHALLENGE “TWEETABLE”

Click to tweet: “My kids didn’t just come into this world and say… bring on the broccoli. I work at it!” ~ @ErekaV #pickyeatertips

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Melissa Lanz August 4, 2014, 10:36 am

I’m beyond thrilled to open up this topic for our community.
I see parents struggle with the issue of picky eaters everyday.
Don’t be shy about asking questions or letting us know how we can help. Together we can figure out the best way to get to #destinationdinner

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Darlene Billington August 4, 2014, 12:14 pm

This is a great recipe. My question though is, how do I get the kids to even try the dressing? Mine are only ketchup, A-1, soy sauce and on occasion (if there is nothing else available) barbecue. No salads, no dips, no veggies.

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Melissa Lanz August 6, 2014, 12:04 am

Have them make the dressing with you so they can see what it is made of and have more of an investment in eating. It might require putting all of the other options away and out of site, not allowing them to be “alternates”. For kids that don’t eat veggies, try making a big platter of snack vegetables and just leave it out on the counter for a bit. Don’t offer any other snack and see if by the end of the day one or two veggies go missing while you’re not in the room. Very often, it is about the choices we give them.

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Kellie Jobe August 4, 2014, 1:50 pm

is it important to use true buttermilk or can I do the substitution thing with vinegar and regular milk? I rarely use buttermilk, but if it makes a difference maybe I can find more ways to use it. Thank you.

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Melissa Lanz August 6, 2014, 12:05 am

I use vinegar/milk mix because I rarely am making enough of something to utilize a whole container of buttermilk.

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