What I feed my kids: a field study in the color beige.

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March 19, 2012

If it’s beige, crunchy, and bland, chances are my children will eat it.

And while I can see the appeal of the beige, crunchy and bland variety, I have to wonder, are my kids eating a well balanced diet?

So I did what any mother would do, I took pictures of all their food.

No?

You wouldn’t do that?

Well, clearly you don’t have a blog.

Maybe this will give me peace of mind that there are other mothers out there that have children that won’t touch their veggies, or eat anything that’s “saucy” or “slimy” “once living” or “touching other food.”

And maybe you can relate.

Or maybe you think my children are being malnourished.

Whateves…

They don’t eat a lot of processed food, we try to steer clear of sugar, and cheese is a staple that I use to feed them sprouted bread. They don’t drink milk and hardly eat meat. They seldom eat yogurt, but when they do it’s plain Greek with a touch of agave.  They actually ate fish the other day, which was kind of a big deal, and Pat and I were high fiving each other because it felt like a victory of sorts. They apprehensively eat pizza, which I think is weird. I mean, who doeses’t like pizza?! GAH. What’s wrong with you, children?! Don’t you know that pizza tastes like a party explosion in your mouth!?

So here we go:

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Breakfast: plain oatmeal with a teaspoon of agave. Or most often it’s Gorilla Munch which is just like Kix only with a gorilla on the box.

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This was Berlyn’s lunch today, a cup of edamame, some triscits and string cheese, and a jar full of applesauce, which kinda looks like baby food, because I put it in an old baby food jar, and I really hope she doesn’t get teased today. That would suck for her.

Sorry B.

It will make you stronger. Promise.

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Next is a series of snacks and lunches. Above is a cheese sandwich on sprouted bread, some peanuts and carrots. My kiddos love to graze, so I always try to put out a variety of snacky food for them to grab and go. Hudson’s favorite is to chomp and walk. Which is coincidentally our dog Zoey’s favorite too. Mine? Not so much. Super! A moldy cracker stuck between the couch cusions. I was wondering what smelled so aweful. 

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Graham cracker cookies, edamame, apple slices and snap pea things that have absolutely no snap pea nutrition. But hey, the kids like ’em.

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Banana, frozen blueberries, triscuts, and peanuts.

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Apple sauce and a PB and J.

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Dried oranges, pretzel thins, and pistachios.

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The next two are known in our house as, “kid dinner.”

This one is quesadilla on corn tortillas, guacamole, carrots, and raisins. They get very excited for kid dinners because it means they don’t have to cry and push their plates away when I expect them to try some curried lentils with summer squash. Dinners are a massive struggle when I don’t make a kid dinner, there is usually a tantrum or two, angry parents, a ruined dinner time, and hungry children. But I think it’s important that they know that I’m not going to make something different for them. I’m not a short order cook, and if you don’t like what I’ve made, then it’s your loss, because it’s probably really good. Because I’m an excellent cook, if I do say so myself.

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This is my most embarrising kid dinner. It’s so wrong. But they loved it. Chicken nuggets, whole wheat pasta with butter, and carrots.

And are you noticing a carrot trend? Ya. Me too. It’s the only vegetable they willingly eat.

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And everyday I try to juice some vegetables for them. That way I know that they’re getting something nutritious. Hudson is my biggest juicy fan, Berlyn struggles, but manages to get most of it down.

So that’s it. That’s what my kids eat. Lots of beige, right?

What about you? What do you guys feed your kids?

Tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with feeding them.

3 Comments:

I’m 20 and still a nuisance to feed. Growing up, I would only eat veggies in a stir fry with almonds and only if the veggies were chuncked, not cut length-wise, and still sort of crunchy when I would eat it. Almonds and other nuts as garnish on veggies goes a long way.

by adot on March 19, 2012

You’re not the only one. Feeding my daughter is a battle of wills. And I’m usually the one who ends up crying and hungry.

by Margie on March 19, 2012

I feel your pain. I found half an apple slice in my shoe this morning. A simple “no thanks” would have been fine.

by Libby on March 21, 2012

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