Feeding fussy kids while travelling
As I have written about in the past my girls are fussy!! Feeding fussy kids can be hard.
My last post on this matter was the first few days in a new city and how we made it slightly easier on ourselves by packing some food from home.
But after a few days…what happens then?
We are from a smallish country town about 3 hours out of Melbourne. It is a lovely place and we all like it here. Most of our shopping is done at the supermarket once a week with occasional extra trip popped in there! We have a little supermarket in a close town that sells local produce as there are many local vegetable farms around our area and I try to get as much as I can from there. There are also Sunday Morning markets on around in different towns that also have local produce. The girls like a lot of fruits and when I say a lot, they could eat upwards of 5-6 kilos of it a week and that might be on a slow week when their favourites are out of season. Vegetables are also big on our menu’s and we would eat about 3-4 kilos a week.
I was really stressed at what I was going to feed them on a daily basis and if they would at any stage go hungry with the language barriers in some countries. I was absolutely stunned at the ease of feeding fussy kids. Now this was not because miraculously overnight my daughters decided to make life easier on us and start eating foods they had not tried before (Although all credit to Willow she will have a go at most things but Marley NO WAY!) it was because it was easy to pop into the cities local market. We spent so much time in them eating whatever was sold there and they were really understanding of the kids! Most of the time they would ask or point and if they got a screwed up nose they moved on! Stallholders were more than happy to get the girls to try something before we bought a lot of it. Amazingly most of the time they would have a small taste to see if they did like it.
Another problem was the expectations I had on myself.
Keeping my expectations of what they would be eating open-minded helped them to relax about food as well. Once I let this go and realised that even though they were not eating meat and three veg every night for dinner they were still eating well and enjoying a holiday with their family. They were also really trying their hardest to try things that they were not really sure about by the end of the holiday! (Yes Mark I can see the look on your face now!)
Fruit was the biggest thing that was so easy to get. Small stalls were dotted around most of the cities we visited, so grabbing some apples or strawberries for the day was easy. If there this wasn’t so easy we just started out the day at the market or finished it there the day before so we had some to start us off with. Now I am not saying that we didn’t use a supermarket at all on holidays, as we did have to in some places but why would you there when in it in an atmosphere like a market?!
Some of our hotels offered a breakfast in the mornings and we tried to use this option where we could. In this situation, they could see exactly what they were getting and because many of the hotels cater for international guests many of the food they had were similar to what we have here.
The girls picked their own food as well where they could. Wandering into a bakery or stopping at a street stall was a really good option once they told you they were hungry. We found that this worked better for us as well rather than because it was lunch we would sit and eat lunch. As we ate out regularly while we were away, reading a menu was difficult for them in some places. What really got me was even though we did not speak the same language as some of the people serving us, they always did their best to help us get something for the girls. This also engaged them with people and by the end they would happily wave and chat to the stall holders at the markets we would frequent. We teach our daughters that you can never have too many friends in the world and a smile is a universal language. You be good to people and they will help you and they saw that on a regular basis…while trying to get food!
All in all, I was completely stressed about nothing…it is one less worry for my mind with this coming trip! AND I know if all else fails there is always ICE CREAM!!!. So don’t stress with feeding fussy kids while travelling