I meant to thank you all for your advice on helping Vincenzo be a loser. I’m taking all of it, it was so good. I will try my hardest not to read straight from the computer screen when we sit down with Vincenzo.
And now for me to smack-talk some advice on “feeding your toddler” that Parents Magazine recommends this month. Keep in mind the first and second page of this article are separated by a full-page add for POP-TARTS (filling made with 10% fruit!!).
Here’s a menu the lay out for a 4-year-old:
Mini whole-grain bagel
1Tbs peanut butter
3/4 cup milk
6 baby carrots
1/2 cup broccoli
2Tbs low-fat ranch dip
Turkey cheese sandwich
1/2 cup apple slices
5 whole-grain crackers
2oz grilled chicken
10 sweet-potato fries
1/2 cup grapes
3/4 cup milk
Mini piece of chocolate
Fellow parents, do you notice anything missing from this? Like Goldfish crackers? Go-gurt? Handi-snacks? Juice boxes? And not even one little shout-out to Pop Tarts?!
I am tempted to try this menu plan with to Vincenzo tomorrow just to hear the conversations that would take place. At snack he might ask, “Mommy, can I have another baby carrot please? I’m so hungry,” and I’ll say, “Oh, I’m sorry honey, but that will blow your diet. Here—have another glass of water. I think that’s in the plan…”
Or I’ll say, “Snack time! Here are your two tablespoons of hummus and five crackers. I got you the special no-salt, whole grain, sprouted-wheat ones I know you love so much.”
And at dinner, if Vincenzo asks for butter on his roll, I’ll just tell him to cut a grape in half and rub it on the roll instead. We’ll talk about how icky butter is and puzzle over why anyone would eat McDonald’s fries when sweet potato fries are so totally more delicious and satisfying.
Anyway. I decided to write down everything my son actually did eat today:
Grilled cheese sandwich
Half an Asian pear the size of his head
Raspberries (sorry—my measuring cups were busy so I’m not sure how much he ate)
Milk with coffee. So sue me.
Goldfish crackers, straight from the bag
PB&Chocolate granola bar (he asks for one whenever he sees me eating one)
Storebought pasta salad that he asked me to cover with another layer of noodles, then a thick layer of cheese, then microwave—but I don’t know if it counts because he didn’t eat it after all that
The other half of the head-sized Asian pear
PB&Chocolate granola bar (They’re sooooo good)
Trail mix—the good kind with m&m’s. I told him he had to eat the nuts and raisins in it, too, and I thought he did…until later in the day when he brought me his suitcase and said it had a present for me in it. Surprise! Nuts and raisins!
1 piece buttered toast
1 piece toast with peanut butter
1 piece cinnamon sugar toast
PB&Chocolate granola bar (What?! I’m a nursing mother!)
In my defense, he was also served but did not eat: yogurt, carrots, peas, tiropita*, asparagus soup, and eggplant ragu. I also kind of exaggerated the whole granola bar thing. I eat most of them while I’m hidden behind cabinets and whatnot because I don’t like sharing them.
If you have a minute I’d love to see what your kid eats for a day vs. what he/she is served. If you do post it let me know in my comments and I’ll make sure to pop by your blog. If you haven’t noticed, pretty much the only blog I’ve been reading lately is the same one you’re reading right now. I plan on catching up…someday.
WHAT’S COOKIN ‘2NITE:
*If you read my “What’s Cookin’” section, I made a last-minute menu change due to lack of lump crabmeat at QFC.