Kids and Healthy Meals Can Be a #Flatout Struggle

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Have you ever heard the term, The struggle is real? Of course you have. And nowhere else is that term more applicable than parenting, because…seriously, everything is a struggle, and it’s REAL!

Parenting as whole is just one long struggle. Time to get dressed, NO!! Time to brush your teeth, NO!! Time for bed, NOOOO!!!! But for my money, the biggest struggle has been getting my son to eat. Oh, don’t get me wrong, he’ll eat, but he only wants to eat what he wants, and trust me when I tell you, my son does not have a refined palate. If he could live off of hot dogs, mac and cheese, fruit and yogurt, he’d be set for life. Hey, those all sound tasty to me too, but come on kid, let’s mix in a veggie every now and then.

As someone who grew up heavy and not very active, and still struggles with my weight to this day, I know the responsibility lies squarely on me (and the Wife) to make sure our son is not only staying active, but also eating right. But that brings us back to the struggle.

Kids don’t understand the benefits of eating right and trying to lose weight. I mean, have you ever tried to explain a low-carb diet, or going gluten free, or heaven forbid cutting out processed sugar from your daily diet to a kid? You might as well be explaining to your dog the benefits of him not licking himself every hour on the hour…just not gonna happen.

That’s why it’s always important to remember, as difficult as kids are, they are equally if not more, gullible. All you have to do is tell them they’re eating one of their favorite foods, and just don’t tell them it’s made out of healthier options. I mean, come on, we’re talking about people who routinely put dirt and/or boogers in their mouths on a daily basis.

That’s where awesome products like Flatout Flat Breads come in. Flatout takes making healthy and delicious snacks to a whole new level. With their endless options of flat breads, wraps, and pizza crusts (my personal favorite) the sky’s the limit with how creative you can be, because every one of their products is literally a blank canvas just waiting for you to construct your delicious masterpiece.

I know my son loves pizza, because what kid doesn’t? So I decided to bust out the Artisan Pizza crust from Flatout, and have the boy participate in making his own pizza. A project that should be fun and easy. So I present to you, Pizza Night at Papa’s House…with help from the kid:

Step #1: Get some Artisan Pizza Bread from Flatout.

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Step #2: Get other pizza items to go on your flatbread.

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Step #3: Roll the dice and ask your crazy toddler if he wants to help, and pray he doesn’t A) Burn the house down, B) Burn himself on the stove, and C) Get bored and decide to jump off the step stool for fun causing any number of damages or broken bones.

Step #4: Bake bread at 375 degrees for 2 min.

Step #5: Spread on the sauce, and explain to your kid 500 times that pizza sauce is NOT ketchup even though it looks similar. Also resist the urge to quit midway through this because your kid is already annoying you.

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Step #6: Sprinkle cheese on the pizza while your toddler decides to sprinkle cheese everywhere BUT the pizza.

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Step #7: Question your sanity for suggesting this project with your toddler because you’ve just now created massive amounts of clean up.

Step #8: Add additional toppings to create your signature pizza. I went simple and did pepperoni. I only have so much patience now.

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Step #9: Put the pizza back in the oven and back for an additional 4-5 min, but first deal with your toddler who has gone from semi-helpful to full on tantrum because he doesn’t understand why he can’t climb in the oven with his new friend the pizza.

Step #10: Once again, question your sanity, and resist the urge to now simply have alcohol as your main source for dinner, all while you ponder the question, “What is life?!?”

Step #11: Take the pizza out of the oven and actually marvel at your creation. Enjoy this moment by yourself, because trust me, your kid has already moved onto something else.

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Step #12: Serve to your kid. Try not to go all Harry Carry when your kid asks when we got pizza, because they will. Just enjoy the success of them eating and not talking for a moment.

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See…what’d I tell you, fun and easy!

Flatout Flatbread is not only a great option for kids to eat healthy, but at only 130 calories (varies by product), it’s also perfect for replenishing my energy after working out or running (sometimes running away from home) without weighing on my stomach and making me feel over-full.

Flatout is also a great way to start your morning. Just look:

Breakfast Sandwich like a MOFO!

Breakfast Sandwich like a MOFO!

Try for yourself. Check out the store locator on their website find your local stores carrying all the Flatout products.

Disclosure: I have partnered with FLATOUT FLATBREAD® for this promotion.  I have received compensation and product for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

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10 thoughts on “Kids and Healthy Meals Can Be a #Flatout Struggle

  1. Well having three picky eaters I am always on the lookout for new, healthy options. Thanks! I ‘ve got to say that your pictures are too cute for words!!! Glad you both had fun making your pizza!

  2. Thanks Papa! Finicky grandson arrives this afternoon for bi-weekly test of Oma’s patience. This could be the sanity saver 🙂

  3. I love the reference you made about the dog. My dog does that too! My youngest is the pickiest eater I have ever met but just this morning he completely surprised me by asking to try my ham, egg and cheese bagel, and he like it! My teenager will eat almost anything, the almost being fruits and veggies. He won’t touch them. I love being able to make pizza with my kids. It’s fun for them and it’s healthier. Thanks for sharing!

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