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8 Tips for Kids to Improve the Health of Kids Who Are Picky Eaters

8 ways to improve your kids health

My kids subscribe to a special diet. I regretfully call it the chicken nuggets and french fries diet. I feel like we do everything right, but they are at a stage where they want to eat all the world’s fake food, and they refuse to eat anything else. I jest. There are plenty of things they eat besides chicken nuggets and french fries (mostly because I only allow them to eat those once a day, and not even every day). During this season of their life, I have a few strategies to keep them healthy. Feed them L’il Critters Gummy Vites … Read more

Onions and Sinners

Feeding the children

Until Grace was four, she begged me to feed her. “Feeeeeeeeed me, Moooooom!” She’d whine. I didn’t feed her, and she’d eventually give up and feed herself or else not eat. But she was persistent, and she whined every single night. Eventually, when Allie said, “I feed you!” and held up her fork to stuff food in Grace’s mouth, Grace quit asking and started feeding herself.j Amazing how that happens, isn’t it? So this evening, Joe made beef enchilada casserole. Both of our girls love it. Both pick out all the “chicken” (which is known as hamburger to the rest … Read more

Chicken Nuggets for Lunch

Tyson Chicken Nuggets

Allie is a big eater. She’s not fond of noodles or vegetables, but she will eat great quantities of fruit, bread, and meat. When Grace was Allie’s age, she ate everything. Well, almost everything. She didn’t like mangoes. But everything else. There was no other fruit or vegetable she wouldn’t eat. Somewhere around her third birthday, Grace began to get picky. I think it was a combination of needing to eat less and needing to control more, but her diet went from everything but mangoes to nothing but chicken nuggets. I wish I was kidding. At the ripe old age … Read more

What I (Used to) Feed My Kids

Because they ate breakfast before 7, my girls were ready for lunch by 10 yesterday. I made them a nutritious feast of chicken nuggets, baked beans, and fuji apples and had beans and rice myself. I had a doctor’s appointment, and Allie fell asleep on the way home. {Hallelujah!} By the time she woke up, it was almost 2 o’clock. And they were both hungry again. Grace asked for a pineapple Greek yogurt, easy. Allie wanted bay-ees (berries), which meant grapes or strawberries. I think she has them confused, so either will do. “Allie, we don’t have any berries. What would you … Read more

Let Them Experiment

Last week, Joe, Gracie, my mom, my sister, and I ate dinner in a fancy restaurant called Zia’s at the Red Door. We wouldn’t normally go out for fancy dinners just because, and especially not when our primary wage earner is off work for an extended period of time. My sister’s favorite radio station has weekly gift certificate specials. You can buy a $50 gift certificate for $25 if you’re one of the first fifty people to complete the sale on station’s website. Or something. I don’t know the details; I didn’t do the purchasing. Anyway, we ordered gift certificates … Read more

An Unbalanced Diet? How to Deal When Your Toddler Refuses a Whole Food Group

homemade baby food

  Two weeks ago, I told you that the USDA recommends most toddlers eat about 1000 calories per day, and last week, I gave you some examples of what kinds and amounts of foods could equal a serving in each of the food groups. Today, we’ll address some stumbling blocks to a toddler’s balanced diet. Help! My toddler eats too much of one food group! Remember that nutrition can carry over several days, right? So it might not unusual for your toddler to eat three days’ worth of grains on Saturday, and then refuse to eat any more grains until … Read more