Both of my girls, who are almost 20 months and 4.5, eat the same exact things I eat every day. Some people ask me “how do you get your kids to eat collard greens…lentil chili…or cabbage casserole?”. Its easy, they don’t have a choice. If I make it, that’s what’s for dinner. It doesn’t have to be their favorite meal and they don’t have to sing its praises, but they will eat it. Everyone always says to pick your battles with kids, and although I rarely have to battle them in the eating department, it’s a battle I choose to fight, and win.
I rarely have to battle them though because healthy food is good, especially when that’s all they know. I guess maybe if they ate french fries all the time, they would be upset about cabbage as a side. We were at my inlaws house last month and they had a fish fry, Cassidy snagged a french fry off the table. She had a surprised look on her face when she took a bite. One of Dave’s aunts said “you’d think she’s never had a french fry before”. I was like nope she hasn’t! She ate a couple, it won’t hurt her occasionally, but she hasn’t had one since either.
As the parent, I make all of my kids important decisions for them. And what goes into their growing bodies is an important decision in my book!
Yesterday, the girls ate…
Breakfast: steel cut oats with mashed banana, peanut butter, chia seed, cinnamon, and peanut butter
Lunch: roasted carrots, hemp seed, chicken, and quinoa bowl with shredded cheese.
Snack: roasted pumpkin seeds
Dinner: ground turkey, mushroom, and brown rice italian stuffed zucchini.
They also each have whole milk with breakfast (Cassidy doesn’t drink much of hers but Alyssa drinks all of hers).
Cassidy still nurses before bed but we are in the process of weaning and will probably be finished by next week. Makes me sad, my baby is officially not a baby anymore. I’ll miss that uninterrupted snuggle time and I have a feeling she will miss it quite a bit too, which makes it even harder. She may go from a little Mommy’s baby to Daddy’s girl, she’s already on her way…