"Kid-Food" doesn't have to be Bad Food
Mar. 9, 2010 6:43 am
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010 3:06 pm
I have 2 girls, ages 7 1/2 and 7 months. My oldest will eat anything except for salmon (unless it's smothered with honey mustard, and even then she scowls at it). She claims it tastes like "rotten roasted chicken" and although she has never had rotten roasted chicken, she is firm with this opinion.
She will, however, eat any vegetable. Peas, carrots, brussels sprouts, edamame, and red pepper are her favorites. The girl can make a mean salad. I've been asked how she became such a great eater, and I'll share my answer with all of you. It's simple.
Since she started eating, we didn't buy into the belief that kids won't eat normal food. So many unhealthy items are put out there as 'kid food' and most of these items just aren't healthy. She was introduced to vegetables very early on and learned to love them, and knew that they would be served daily. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the occasional chicken nugget, hamburger, and mac & cheese, but these items should not be a child's sole source of nutrition. With obesity and diabetes being so prevalent in our country, I decided that I would take control of my children's diet to give them the best start possible. I'm not strict about it, it's just the way our household works. My oldest knows the difference between junk food and food that's good for her body, and she knows a healthy choice from an unhealthy one. There is nothing wrong with setting some rules for kids to follow when it comes to what they consume. We're raising adults, and we set the groundwork for their ideas about nutrition and other life choices.
My next blogs will detail some of our family favorites, including healthy packed lunches so stay tuned!
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