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I had to discuss making a pizza with my son Henri. Yes, it was a full on discussion. With a four year old.
He can be a difficult eater and it only takes one thing or one word to put him off food. So I had to tread lightly. There are so many reasons why he or any other four year old might not eat his food such as; it has the wrong color, it’s “smooshy,” it’s furry, it’s slippery, it’s smells, and lastly, my favorite “I just don’t like it,” even though he’s never tried it.
But what kid doesn’t like pizza? EVERYONE likes pizza! But not everyone likes veggies on their pizza, especially four year olds. And I had just romanced him back into broccoli after a year hiatus. He won’t eat carrots cooked or raw. But he will eat them shredded. I blame that on the French in him. But how would I get the veggies on pizza? He absolutely refuses to put anything on his pizza! So mission MyPlate Pizza was about to start.
He was up for the occasion as long as we could put peanut butter pretzels on top of the pizza and absolutely NO pizza sauce. Of course not.
Because it would be so out of the norm to put pizza sauce on pizza and and makes so much sense to put peanut butter pretzels on top.
So how would we come up with a kid friendly pizza recipe?
Fresh Baby has a great solution to this on their site, FreshBaby.com.
They have a MyPlate Pizza tip sheet to make it easy to plan your pizza date! No romancing necessary here! Everything you need to know about different pizza making options, from crust to protein. It shows you the variety of ingredients you can use to make an easy and healthy pizza recipe. It’s all on their MyPlate Pizza tip sheet.
So what did we make? We conjured up our own healthy pizza recipe! We made a delicious white pizza with whole grain pita bread, mozzarella, broccoli, shredded carrots and apple!!! It was amazing too! He loved making it and we all enjoyed eating it. He snacked on broccoli and apple while making it. Technically for me, that is not snacking if you know what I mean.
So from now on, we will be having a pizza night and slowly (I mean slowly) introducing new ingredients to try. Here are some other recipes and helpful links for making kid friendly healthy pizza. Enjoy and check out FreshBaby.com.