As the title says, I got a live-in nanny job for a 7 year old girl, single mom situation (saving up to move to california, finish school, and start my own paleo practice yeahhh!) The mom was happy I'm studying nutrition and love to cook, I mentioned I don't eat or cook with processed foods. She said they eat organic and some processed foods but always "natural" and "organic". I am happy that the mom is open to organic and healthy eating, however I have more work to do here than I expected. Come to find out the kid's favorite food is Annie's organic mac and cheese and she has a "sugar addiction" according to the mom's boyfriend.
Kid's typical day (pre-Danielle intervention)
Breakfast: Honey nut cheerios and low-fat organic milk
Lunch: Oscar Mayer processed ham lunch meat sandwich on wheat bread, four different kinds of fruit (sugar!) and no veggies, 3-4 sugary gummy vitamins ("I want her to have as much vitamins as possible"-the mom's boyfriend), and a couple random packaged snack foods (bartering material on the playground, apparently).
Dinner: Whatever I can cook up- frozen breaded chicken nuggets, tuna salad, processed meats, etc
Comments I've heard from the mom and boyfriend while discussing with me what she likes to eat
"I don't like to give her hamburger."
"I'm glad she doesn't like cheese because we don't want her eating so much animal fat."
"She likes her ham sandwich, gives her protein and the bread is whole wheat."
I get to buy my own food, but I cannot get myself to cook sh*tty food for this child. It kills me. If I have to pack a bag of organic fruit gummies so she's not ostracized in the schoolyard, fine, but this child WILL eat a whole foods diet if I have any say in it, and I will be making most of her food. So, what are some tips to ease into a less processed and more whole foods diet with this family without seeming forceful? The mom mentioned in conversation as far as my nutrition knowledge goes that I will "have to teach her some things", so at least she's open and has the right intentions. I already plan on always having bone broth in the house, and I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions, so maybe I'll conveniently leave that laying around or offer it to the mom to take a look at. Also, any of your own or links to paleo-friendly kids meals/snacks are appreciated. Everyday paleo always has great stuff but I'm sure there are more out there. Thanks for your suggestions.