Having a picky eater can be difficult sometimes. Getting my oldest Andrew to try new foods is like pulling teeth. He either gags or just doesn’t even want to try it. I had the opportunity to work with a company called Ian’s. Ian’s believes in making products that taste great and that are truly allergy-friendly to people that want to enjoy their taste but are normally not able to do so. In their family they had family members with gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease and a plethera of food allergies. Children that are also picky did not help with these food troubles. When Ian’s brings you a new product, they are truly confident that you will want to eat it not because you want/have to but simply because it tastes good. Good enough was simply not where they wanted to stop. Ian’s started off with making a chicken pot pie back in 2001 in Massachusetts and they now have 50 different products on their choices list.
When you go to their website you can take a quick survey for ingredients that you need your foods to be free from such as eggs, wheat, gluten, peanut, milk, soy and many other choices and options. I was able to choose foods that would interest my son. I chose: Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Alphatots and Pepperoni French Bread. Andrew eats fish sticks literally every night and occasionally eats chicken nuggets. It has to be a certain brand or he will refuse to eat it or complain the entire time. I thought the Alphatots would be perfect for my youngest, Eli as he is a light eater. I wouldn’t really say he is picky he just really eats like a bird. Now, my middle son, Ty eats for the other two. He is not picky at all. He can eat pizza every night if I fixed it, so I knew the Pepperoni French Bread would be a hit. There is nothing like trying to find the right foods that all three kids will eat. I have been fixing three different meals for each child plus mine and my husbands meal on top of that. I can say the kids meals are really easy to fix but it is just the thought of having to fix everyone something entirely different. That is when Ian’s comes in. I can fix the kids something totally different but I know that everything I am fixing them from Ian’s is natural and healthy. Here is a break down of each meal.
These chicken nuggets are one of Ian’s best-sellers and are extremely allergy friendly. They are made with wholesome antibiotic and hormone free skinless and boneless white chicken breast meat. Ian’s has made these chicken nuggets with no wheat, no gluten, no milk, no casein, no eggs, no nuts and no soy. That’s a lot of “nos” and so you can trust that they are friendly for kids of all diets. You can easily prepare them in the oven or the microwave.
Their fish sticks are also allergy friendly. They think it’s funny to state that fish sticks are made with minced meat because let’s face it, who has really ever caught a minced fish? No one. Their fish sticks are cut from whole fillets of MSC-certified sustainable Alaska Pollock and are then lightly breaded with their crunchy corn breading. There is absolutely no mincing involved in the process. There is also no wheat, gluten, milk, casein, eggs, nuts or soy. Enjoying fish sticks has never been so good and is nothing like what you were used to eating when you were a child.
These tots are made with top-quality potatoes that are shaped into the letters of the alphabet. Every child loves some fun in their food but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality. These are fun and tasty all at the same time. And, of course, they are allergy friendly. Alphatots are free from wheat, gluten, milk, casein, eggs, nuts and soy. Have some fun with these tots that are made from the highest quality of ingredients and love. Shape them into your child’s name on their plate or even their favorite animal or toy. Better yet, you could simply just spell out the word “yum” because that’s what they will be saying as they devour them down!
Lastly, I received Pepperoni French Bread. An all-time favorite and easy meal or snack in our house is pizza. Shouldn’t this also be just as allergy friendly as other foods out there? Just because it is made with cheese doesn’t mean that someone with an allergy should not be able to enjoy the satisfying taste of pizza. When pepperoni is on the menu, this is the perfect go-to on top of crunchy french bread that has absolutely no gluten, eggs or nuts. Pop them right in the over and enjoy with you want that pizza taste with real meat and vegan “cheese”. Allergies shouldn’t hold you back from enjoying foods that everyone else loves and can enjoy regularly.
When I fixed the fish sticks and chicken nuggets my oldest Andrew, knew right away that these weren’t his normal fish sticks or chicken nuggets. Let’s just say I made him at least try them because like we have been telling him you won’t know if you like it unless you try it. Needless to say he ended up cleaning his plate and asking for more. It’s all in taking the time to find the right foods that are healthy and let the kids try them. They also really enjoyed the Alphatots and my youngest Eli is learning his ABC’s so this was the perfect chance to add a little fun and learning while enjoying his meal. Of course Ty ate both of the Pepperoni Flat Bread Pizzas in one night. If you are looking for a healthier way not only for the kids to eat but the entire family without having to fix many different meals as myself, I can honestly say Ian’s foods has changed the way Andrew has been eating. Head over and visit their website here and check out their entire line of products including their Allergy-Friendly, Breadcrumbs, Breakfast, Entrees, Dessert, Fries and Snacks. You’ll be glad you did. Not sure if your local grocers carry Ian’s products visit the store locator here and check.