- I gave the babies freeze-dried bananas when they were first learning to feed themselves. My kids always squashed bananas/ sweet potato/ steamed apple, and then got really mad; also they choked on Cheerios for a long time. There's also apple, pineapple, strawberry (crumbles to dust), mango, and various veggies. My kids hated them all except banana. Then I gave them Ritz crackers, which also disintegrate pretty fast.
- I give them fortified yogurt rather than milk. They will not drink milk except from the Mama, and this cow is closed. That strained nonfat fruity Greek yogurt stuff has 45% of the adult RDA of calcium (at least the Aldi brand does!) and a ton of protein, too. (Also, our pediatrician is great, and never said "But you have to make them drink milk!" Because that always works, right? Bug will drink soymilk now. Kids are so weird.)
- I added nutrition to whatever the kid will eat.
- I make veggie pancakes for dinner. Zucchini, spinach, corn, sweet potato, carrot... you name it, I've pureed it into a pancake during that awkward year of age two when my kids wouldn't eat a vegetable for love nor money.
- I put pre-embroidered appliques on winter hats so the kids will actually wear them. In our case, dump truck, then fire truck. (Bug picked them out himself.)
And that's pretty much it. And you? Tell me how clever you are, dear readers. (It need not be limited to children.)