The Smoothie Project

by Naila Sheikh

I have finally gotten the time to sit down and write this Blog Post while the kids just shut the door and are heading outside (really, just now) to visit their grandfather. I can either continue to watch the episodes of '13 Reasons Why' OR I can keep on sharing my thoughts here ... what shall we choose? The idea of watching some TV by myself is really appealing but to "talk" to you guys after my very mundane and robotic house chores, definitely requires some interaction on my part ... and I so happily abide to the latter option. :) 


I can finally NOW take a breath of relief and say that I'm extremely happy for my kids to be eating as I 've always wished for them to have a healthy appetite but during these six, almost 7 years I've endured a LOT of stress and at times felt extremely lonely in their feedings and upbringing. Imaad never used to be picky and I thanked God for making it easy on me until the inevitable happened and all my dreams of an easy eater were crushed. He started (and still is) avoiding chicken and all kinds of veggies. Mehreen, my daughter, always the picky one - would even gag at the food I so lovingly made, causing me to seriously at times become very very upset...


As you can read, none of this has been easy for me ... nor am I dancing on the table today for my small victories, but I am keen on acknowledging the ease they're now finally atleast TRYING to give me for the sake of peace in the house. I have, at times, emotionally influenced them on how "upset mommy gets when you guys don't eat!" πŸ™ŽπŸ»Taking them to the grocery store to educate on various produce was always fun and I did my best to make the best out of it.


With the Grace of God, a mother's efforts and duayei'n (prayers) are never wasted 😭 -- as it still remains a humongous challenge for me, I am so grateful to Allah that we are making progress, even if it is the slightest improvement in our daily lives. 


Following Weelicious, a mommy health & foodie blogger from LA, for quite some time, I have occasionally tried to make fruit smoothies in the past. This would result in only Imaad drinking just a little bit and Mehreen turning her head in avoidance - thus, bringing me much disappointment ☹️ -- To still have them eat their fruits after school time, I implemented FRUIT TIME in their daily schedule in which they were allowed to tell me their fav fruits and I'd get it for them. The many trips I've made to the grocery store just for that reason alone, ha!  


This past week or two I've been very adamant about making fruit smoothies following Weelicious' approach and few of her ingredients. During a health family crisis in my in-laws recently, my mother-in-law suggested to force veggies on the kids until they'd get used to it. You see, I appreciate my elderly and I took her advice in good spirit, knowing that she wants the best for her grandkids. Although, it was my Ammi that gave me the practical solution to supplement Mehreen's diet with fresh organic fruits, like fresh squeezed orange juice . We slowly had her take a few sips until she liked the taste and approved of oranges, yay!!! Winning atleast one battle gave me confidence to carry on!


Weelicious' Smoothie Project is truly an amazing initiative and I'm super happy with the result as of now. I'm pouring a lot of my dedication and energies into this while looking up healthier options to supplement the kids' much-needed antioxidants. The making of small videos for my NailasKitchen instagram page keeps me excited & going and the kids tend to think of themselves as "actors" in my movie πŸ˜ƒ - I happen to love sharing my experiences with all of you as I believe that we're all trying to raise our kids to the best of our abilities - and believe me, it ain't easy. I truly believe that sharing my ideas & methods contains "happy powers" making me feel fulfilled and needed to my friends and community, even if the feedback is minimal. Not only does it keep me sane to go on and stay excited, but I'm also documenting my parental journey with all the ups & downs ... such is life. πŸ˜‰


Stay with me in this journey; follow NailasKitchen on Instagram and let me know YOUR experiences and the solutions you've applied to make life easier.   



With ❀️, 

Naila ~