|a little lunch time love|
Here are some animal crackers.
And fruit snacks.
Umm, so refined carbs and corn syrup for breakfast.
Mama definitely needs some retooling of her nutritional offerings.
It is so so easy to slide into what is easy with children.
Most days I do better.
I aim for something like this:
Protein and fruit for lunch = PB sandwich and a cut up apple
Protein and veggie for dinner = Cut up bits of our steak and steamed broccoli
I am really bad about mixing it up though. They are picky but about strange things. Little miss won’t touch dairy, except squeezie yogurt. Little man won’t eat sauce with his noodles. He will however consume steamed octopus, shrimp and pieces of cod and the like. He once ate lamb brain. She loves pistachios and will eat hummous by the spoonful. They both adore broccoli.
Still, I need to work on it. I am re-inspired to try harder after reading this article.
Babies, I have Definite Thoughts about feeding babies. Feeding toddlers and preschoolers is a whole new ballgame though. It changes as their tastes change. Plus, they suddenly have an opinion, and will LET YOU KNOW ABOUT IT.
|tomatoes are totally yummy when eaten warm from the sun, |
straight out of the garden!
There is so much stress about feeding children – maybe because we are so obsessed with calories and nutrition as adults? Everything is diet this and low-fat that.
My philosophy for myself is to eat reasonably, eat “whole” unpackaged foods, and stop stressing out! (This comes from a past of eating issues however which is maybe why kids obsessing over food issues by age 10 or parents obsessing with “making” their child eat XYZ food really freaks me out. Again, this is my ideal philosophy. I surely have days where all I eat is chocolate and chips.)
Food for toddlers and preschoolers should be wholesome and fun. Fun does not need to mean a box with cartoon characters on it. It can be celery “logs” with peanut butter “mud” and raisin “ants.” It can be cheese and fruit chunks eaten with toothpicks. Salads can be nibbled on like “rabbits.” Meat pieces skewered on (dulled down!) shish kabob sticks for a fun eating experience. (More tips here )
Ok. So. I am re-inspiring myself. (But I hope you remember my stance on stuff like this. I am not a hard core person. It’s all give and take, but one can have goals to aim for!)
|ice cream. yum.|
Back to that article.
I am thinking start the day with eggs. Cooked in coconut oil.
Start baking soaked grain bread again (recipe to come!)
Slowly start limiting (ie, weaning off of) juice and get back to kombucha as our main drink.
Limit their gluten intake (so as to not lead them down the path my body has taken!)
Continue introducing them to a wider variety of foods (sooooo easy to do brocolli and hot dogs for dinner because THEY WILL EAT IT WITHOUT A BATTLE. Last night, with peer pressure from cousins, he totally ate vegetable soup! Woohoo!!)
Also, stop battling. It's not worth it. They know what they need, keep remembering that Sara! (Although the comment below reminds me of the days where battling was required to get your kid to eat ANYTHING. lthis can be so hard....maybe keep trying but not to do it in a "battle" type mindset. See this article from Dr. Sears for some great tips on feeding picky eaters. )
Continue to improve the quality of our food sources (no garden at grandma’s in the winter! But…my sister is raising a pig for us so we will have good quality pork coming soon! Yay bacon!)
I think those are good first steps.
But of course, the giant box of fruit snacks will remain in the house. All things in moderation, right? And of course, mommy will indulge babies with their “ ‘nacks” occasionally. Just not for breakfast. You know?