St. Patrick’s Day in Southern California was wet, dreary, and dark this year. That completely obliterated my plans of an outdoor Leprechaun hunt, as well as a family picnic on the new spring grass. The hubs and I tried to lift our daughter’s dashed three-year-old spirits by calling it a “Jammy Day”; everyone cuddled under the covers in their jammies and watched movies. But there was only so much “Barney” and “Gumby” that we could take… Even our daughter was over it after a while.

Mama to the rescue!! B.Inspired, Mama, that is!  We were in need of something fun (and green) in a hurry.  I stumbled upon her brilliant post entitled, “Green Food Taste Testing for Picky Eaters – WITH Free Chart!”

Bingo.  =]


And the best part was that we had everything on hand!  Daddy kept the little miss busy while I whipped everything up and added pictures to Krissy’s chart (blank with happy and sad faces for the kids to circle depending on how much they like/dislike the food.  Brilliant right?)

However since I have a youngin’ that can’t read yet, I thought pictures would better suit our situation.  Take a peek:

In case you’re wondering, here’s a list of what we used:

  • Celery with Peanut Butter
  • Green Grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Green Apples
  • Cucumber
  • Peas
  • Pickles
  • Green Jello
  • Green M&M’s
  • Avocado

You can download my version of the charts (with pictures) here and here.  All and all, I think this experiment was a success, and we’ll definitely be doing this again.  Here is is in action:

(“Why Spiderman?” you ask?  We’re not sure, lol.  It’s her new obsession, and whenever she’s in the house, she’s in those pajamas.  “Yes honey, we know you’re Spiderman.”)

 

So far, so good…

 



Oh, wait a minute!!  Not too sure about this one.

 


And that’s a no-go for the celery with peanut butter.

 


And what’s a green-themed taste test without green ranch dressing to dip your broccoli in?  (Simply add a few drops of food coloring to the dressing.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t change the taste at all.)

 

A surprise under the sliced apples!!  I love tiny cookie cutters… She’ll eat just about anything that’s small and cute.  ^_-

 


So what’s the consensus, Daddy?

 


80% positive – not too shabby for my extremely picky little eater!!  She took her “taste testing” job very seriously, and was actually willing to try things before deciding if she liked them or not (for once).  Yes, this idea was brilliant (thanks, Krissy!), and we’ll definitely be doing it again.

I’d love to hear what happens if you try this with your own picky little eaters.  Remember, you can download the chart with pictures here and here.  Thanks for joining me, everyone!!  Until next time!