Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis
Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author Unknown
I have been thinking about children’s lunches lately as we all head back to school. I have particularly been thinking about lunches for my youngest as she will often grump over any item that has any sort of redeeming nutritional value, no matter how minuscule. She will happily consume crap, but give her healthy food (for the most part) and suddenly she puts the most seasoned sourpuss to shame. What happened? She was not always like this. Sadly, I believe it is my fault – I allowed her to eat junk food, on occasion, and then a few more occasions, and her taste buds changed. Suddenly she no longer liked the flavor of healthy food, as she was addicted to sugar, carbohydrates and salt. She wanted to mostly eat the unhealthy options.
I realize that this is a very careful balance to navigate with children – we want and need them to eat, and we want them to do so willingly…… we want them to find foods that they enjoy that are healthy for them. One thing I have done is I have taken most junk food completely out of the house. If there are no junk food options, my girls must eat healthy when they are truly hungry. School lunches in our home consist of yogurts, fresh fruit and vegetables and a sandwich (often organic peanut butter on organic bread). They manage, they do not starve…. it seems to be working.
What really disturbs me are the parents who send their children to school with tons of candy, potato chips, and other forms of junk food. We would not throw rock on our gas tank, as we care for our cards – so why on earth would we through the equivalent of rocks into our bodies? It is a good question, asked quite a lot, but rarely answered.
Today, 191 days ’til 40, I am more conscious of what I am feeding my daughters on a daily basis.