Bumps in the Road
Jan. 23, 2011 10:11 am
Updated: Jan. 26, 2011 11:15 am
These past couple of weeks have been tricky in my quest to get my kids to eat healthier. First off, we were snowed in for close to a week. Before the snow started, I laughed at all the people stocking up on bread and milk. I went to the grocery store
to pick up a couple things so I could make dinner, and many of the shelves were completely bare. True, a few inches of snow does close down the city, but it almost always melts in a day or two. By the third day of freezing temperatures and icy roads, I could
have kicked myself because we were down to canned soups and pasta. I had to use evaporated milk in my coffee... yuk! I really wish I had at least stocked up on milk and some fruit. Needless to say, none of the family got their recommended daily servings
that week, although I did manage to nearly clear out the freezer, finally!
This week, we were back into our hectic routine with school and after-school activites. It was much more of a challenge to provide the family with healthy meals when I had so little time to prepare dinner. I relied on old stand-bys this week and didn't do
a lot of experimentation. Every mom knows that most kids will eat marinara (although I have one kid who will eat it on only certain types of pasta and not on pizza, go figure). I made a baked ziti and put in a little bit of frozen chopped spinach into the
marinara.... success. The kids got a full serving a veggies in that meal! The other attempts this week were not so successful. The veggies I put in the beef stew were pushed aside, the peas I put on the plate with the baked chicken were completely ignored...
as they always are. The "experts" say that we shouldn't make our kids clean their plates or to make mealtime a battle. They also say that you should just serve them the veggies, and that eventually they will accept them. I am not sure about that. I have
put a serving of vegetables on their dinner plates consistantly since they were old enough to eat, and they are now 10 and 13, and they still only like a few vegetables, pretty much the same ones they liked when they were toddlers.
On the snacking front, I had more success. A while ago, I stopped buying any snacks that were "empty calories". I have been stocking the house with fruits, nuts, popcorn, cereal, and for my skinny teenager, a protein powder to add to his milk. I have been
pleased that while my kids do complain about the fact that there is "nothing to eat", when they snack, they have no choice but to reach for something that is at least not completely devoid of nutrition. I have been very pleased to walk into the kitchen and
find a kid sitting at the table with a pint of strawberries and a glass of milk. Even if they eat the cereal, at least it is vitamin fortified. I also only buy the cereals with fiber and not too much sugar.
We did buy a dozen Krispy Kremes this week, though... still warm. Oh man, are they good! Just have to remember that everything in moderation is the key!