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Braces OR Why My 14 Year Old Thinks Vegetables ARE Optional 
 
Apr. 8, 2009 4:38 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2010 4:59 am
I swear, he used to eat vegetables. Now all he wants to eat is pasta and burritos. He says the braces make it (1) impossible for him to eat anything except those two "food groups" and (2) impossible for him to eat with his mouth closed.

I had braces. I know neither of these is true. but how do I argue with him? What do other teenagers eat?
 
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Apr. 8, 2009 6:37 pm
I would tell him that paying for the braces has cut deeply into your pasta and burrito budget - you are now only able to afford them twice a week. :P My teenager eats lots of stuff, but he has certainly gone through phases. Teenagers are weird. Good luck! :)
 
Apr. 8, 2009 7:08 pm
What do teenagers eat? Whatever they can get away with eating...or not eating. So put the vegetables in the pasta sauce and burritos, and change the subject if he calls you on it. (At least he's not trying to restrict you to chips and soda.)
 
Apr. 8, 2009 7:08 pm
What do teenagers eat? Whatever they can get away with eating...or not eating. So put the vegetables in the pasta sauce and burritos, and change the subject if he calls you on it. (At least he's not trying to restrict you to chips and soda.)
 
Apr. 9, 2009 2:16 am
I agree with Sunny (amazingly!!)
 
Apr. 9, 2009 9:52 am
Being just 1 year out of technical teenage years, I know lots of teenagers. Teenage boys specifically just like to eat period. But I know that you can eat pretty much anything with braces. The only thing I'd let him slip by on is corn on the cob. :]
 
Apr. 9, 2009 10:12 am
try to put vegtables in what he is eating and find ones that he will enjoy, such as carotts and ranch on the side and let him pick what vegtables he wants.
 
nicnrn 
Nov. 20, 2010 4:59 am
I never had braces but my 8 year old has them and now chews with her mouth open. I have to frequently remind her to be polite. He is not alone in that issue.
 
 
 
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My cooking experiences include creating seasonal menus for preschools, owning a catering company, and developing recipes for children with phenylketoneuria. I started cooking working alongside three generations of my Greek family on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
My favorite things to cook
We get a farm share in the summer, and I love cooking spontaneously based on what I find in the box each week. In general these turn out to be Mediterranean-style dishes, like my chard recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my family is my favorite tradition. I involve my family in the process including planning, shopping, and cooking. My eldest child, Eamon has many ideas for meals and snacks. These are usually dishes that that he loves, and I have made only once or twice because of the time involved. However, he really loves Olive Puffs. He made several batches, froze them, and then I helped him bake them for parties throughout December. He was happy with the results, and even took them to a school party. I think the teachers ate them. This weekend, my 3 year old and I made pizza dough. He loves the mixer. His contribution consisted of adding scoops of unmeasured water and flour to the bowl. He loved this. Luckily he only partially filled the 1/8 cup measure each time, allowing him to add many scoops while not changing the proportions much. Later he mixed shredded cheese, flour, and salt (he loves the salt shaker) in a cast iron pan while I prepped the pizzas. The kitchen was a mess.
My cooking triumphs
Learning that the simplest recipes are usually the best. OK - really - I think I make a terrific fig jam. My hummus is also pretty tasty. Both of these recipes use fewer than 5 ingredients. See, simplest is best.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count - bread not rising, bread rising too much; jam never setting up, jam burning - you get the picture.
 
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