So in my last post, Carrie asked about food.
Sigh. Food. One of the two huge sources of stress if you’re a mom of toddlers. (I shouldn’t have to tell you what the other one is, but if you don’t know, just imagine what happens after you eat food and that should tell you.)
I had such high hopes when the boys were tiny. I was going to feed them everything we ate, and they’d eat it all, with no fighting. I remember thinking, when they were about a year old and would eat anything, that this would be no sweat. I mean, anything you put in front of them (well, Miles, mostly), they’d eat. Awesome.
And then, gradually, the list of foods they’d eat got smaller and smaller. I’d put a previous hit in front of them, and they’d refuse to eat it.
So here’s what we’re down to now. Please don’t judge. It’s not pretty. If you want to judge, then come to my house at dinnertime and fix my kids a meal you deem appropriate. Then we can talk again.
Plain noodles with butter
-I give them the fortified Barilla Plus angel hair, so at least they’re getting some protein and other good stuff. I figure it’s better than plain pasta.
– the “butter” part really depends on who’s asking. They all get butter or olive oil on their noodles, but if Miles says “I don’t want butter on my noodles, then I tell him, no, of course I didn’t put butter on his noodles. Dishonest, yes. Whatever. I’m not making three pots of noodles, depending on their individual whims.
Chicken Nuggets (aka Brown Bok-bok)
– Hey, at least I buy the Tyson Natural ones. (insert eye roll)
– These come in two types. “Yellow” and “Orange”. Fortunately, they like the orange (sweet potato) ones a lot, so I try to give them those whenever possible.
– Strawberry yogurt. They’ll all eat this. Oliver will eat vanilla yogurt, but the other two will only eat the pink stuff. God help me. They will put away a quart of it at a meal. I only buy the kind without HFCS. Has to be creamy, no chunks or fruit on the bottom.
– They will eat these until the cows come home. Plain only, no blueberries allowed. When my back wasn’t giving me trouble, I’d make them from scratch-ish. When I did, I’d put flaxseed in them. For now, I have to use the frozen kind. Soon I hope to fire up my Griddler again.
Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal
– If I let them, they’d eat an entire box at one sitting.
Granola bars, Fruit snacks, goldfish, potato chips, raisins, and other assorted choking hazards and crap
– I mean, they’re kids, after all.
Jambalaya and Couscous
– I haven’t served these in a while, so I’m not sure if they’ll still eat it. They used to love it, so I hope they still do.
What they will occasionally eat:
– non-nuggetized chicken
– pizza (must have no burnt bits)
– Cheddar or American cheese
– hot dogs
– green beans from the can (EXTREMELY rare, but it does happen)
– smoked turkey sausage
– turkey bacon
They used to love, but will no longer eat:
– Macaroni and cheese
– Scrambled eggs
– Meatloaf (except Oliver might) and meatballs
– Jelly sandwiches
– Peanut butter
– Spaghetti with meat sauce (I loved this one, because I could sneak veggies in. Alas.)
You’ll notice what’s not on this list. Fruits and vegetables. Sure, they’ll ingest the occasional bowl of applesauce, or the odd green bean, but that’s about it. They won’t eat things that are mixed together, like casseroles. Everything must be separate. They do get a multivitamin, they drink plenty of milk, and they seem to be thriving, so I truly try not to stress about it. But I think it’s time to pull out my copy of How To Get Your Kid to Eat…But Not Too Much. Sigh.
If anyone has any ideas or just wants to commiserate, I’m all ears.