Long ago, when I was completely at my wit’s end with my picky eater son, I had a realization. Some kids are just pickier than others, I get that, but I felt (in our case) we were fueling the pickiness. Desperate to have him eat a nutritious and complete meal, I always made him his favorites and stuff I knew he would eat. He was picky, because we allowed him to be. We never put our foot down and said it’s this or you don’t eat. Which as you all know, with a diabetic, is almost impossible, because the minute you do that, that’s when a low hits and you have to give them something. I’m confident as a toddler my son had this figured out. So we couldn’t ever really do a “you eat this or you’re going to have to go to bed hungry” approach.
So what I started to do instead was quite simple but also quite affective. I would take his favorite foods but prepare them in a slightly different way. Same core ingredients but switching it up just a little, by either adding one ingredient or just preparing them differently.
Take this PB&J Wafflewich for example. He loved just a standard PB&J sandwich. I personally love a toasted PB&J. So one day I decided to make him a toasted PB&J. He LOVED it. Same sandwich, but prepared differently, and exposing him to a different texture in bread. Since then I have made sandwiches with peanut butter and just about every fruit (strawberries, bananas, apples, etc.) and he has loved them all. It exposed him to new flavors and textures without him even really knowing it, because it was mixed with the foods that he had already given the stamp of approval to. I used this approach of adding different ingredients/preparing in a new way, with several different foods items as well (mac n’ cheese, pizza, etc.) and before long he was trying stuff he previously wouldn’t have looked twice at.
Today we have overcome a lot of that pickiness. But even so, I still am always looking for ways to switch up my boys’ favorite foods. I just recently came across the idea to make a PB&J in a waffle maker and it was one of those moments where I was like, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” I tried it and it was absolutely delicious! If you like a toasted PB&J, you will LOVE this. Instead of just toasting the bread, this method of preparation warms everything together: the peanut butter, the jelly and the bread. I’m telling you, it’s heavenly! And one more variation to PB&J for this mama. You must try it for yourself!
See this PB&J Wafflwich packed in today’s Friday Featured Lunch.
- 2 slices bread (for this I used Sara Lee Delightful Healthy Multi-grain from the 45 Calories & Delightful line)
- 1 Tablespoon jelly (I use Smucker's Sugar-Free Strawberry Preserves, sweetened with Truvia)
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, and jelly on the other. Close sandwich.
- Lightly grease waffle maker, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until bread is toasted and golden brown.
*Carbohydrate calculations will vary, depending on what kind of bread, peanut butter and jelly you use. Look at your specific nutrition labels for most accurate calculations.
Two slices of the Sara Lee Delightful Healthy Multi-grain bread (mentioned above) has 18 g of carbs and 5 grams of fiber.
1 Tablespoon of Smucker's Sugar-Free Strawberry Preserves, sweetened with Truvia, has 5 g of carbs.
1 Tablespoon of Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter has 4 g of carbs.