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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

There’s Something Wrong With My Juice

We’ve started diluting Grace’s juice. Personally, I hate that she drinks so much juice, period. I think fruit juice is a scant step above soda pop, empty calories with few vitamins and no fiber. The bad habit began when Grace was had the swine flu and wouldn’t eat. We gave her as much juice as she would drink, just to keep her hydrated and give her some energy. Grace likes to drink juice, so Joe keeps buying it. I suggested to him this week that we begin cutting the apple juice with water. I asked him to mix it in … 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

Feeding an Independent Child with the Baby Dipper

I got a Baby Dipper bowl and spoon in January, when Grace was a little more than 19 months old. The second time she used it, I wished that I’d known about it a year earlier. I hate messes. I’m not a neat freak by any stretch, but I hate having dirty, sticky messes on fingers and clothes and tablecloths and high chairs. It just bothers me, and I can’t explain the reason. For a year, I fed Gracie from a tiny glass prep bowl. I was afraid she’d knock it out of my hands and break it. I was … Read more

Whole Day Food Plans for Toddlers

For several weeks, I’ve been promising you some whole day food plans for your toddler, and here they are. I compiled all of these menus from the preschoolers area of MyPyramid.gov. Toddler Menu #1 Breakfast 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal, mixed with 1/2 banana cut into slices (before cooking) The other 1/2 of the banana 1/2 cup milk (at this point in their lives, it’s okay to start offering low fat dairy options) Snack 1/2 slice of bread 1/2 large orange Lunch A taco – 1 small tortilla wrapped around a filling of 1/4 cup salad greens, 2 tablespoons chopped … Read more