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Proud Of My Kid's Food Choice: (bragging)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My son is 7, my daughter is 10. The girl follows in my footsteps, in that she loves veggies and cheese and all things savory. She'll eat ice cream and cake, but not too much, and often leaves most of the frosting if we have cake. "Too much for me!" she'll say.

Which is AWESOME. I love seeing her standing by the stove, eating roast cauliflower hot from the pan as though it were brownies.

But Simon? He's a little boy. Loves ice cream, popsicles, etc.
Thing is, he's very skinny. Healthy, wiry, strong, but just a little shrimp. So I thought I'd try to fatten him up just a bit (so he doesn't freeze when he swims). My husband bought some Nutella (a chocolate/hazelnut spread), which I won't touch. The thought of eating that on toast makes my eyes roll back in my head from sweetness. But I thought Simon would love it.

Last night, my hubs made paella for dinner,and I made a loaf of bread. Simon ate some, but didn't love it. Later in the evening, he asked for 'second dinner,' which is my way of encouraging him to think in terms of nutrition and not just snacky icecream/dessert food. Second dinner for him is often fruit and yogurt, or a peanut butter sandwich, or similar. I said sure, and I sliced a piece of homemade bread and put a thin layer of Nutella on it. I thought he'd lose his mind with excitement!

A few minutes later, he came to me in the kitchen, bread in hand, and said, "Mama? It's too sweet for me. Could I have a banana instead?\"

THUNK. The sound of my jaw hitting the floor.

I said 'no problem'! He threw away the bread, and happily went on his way with the banana. I said that if he was still hungry in a bit, he could have something else. He suggested bell pepper slices.

THUNK.

Could I be more proud? Doubtful, unless he also volunteered to vacuum.
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LESS_IS_MO 7/28/2011 1:22PM

    my son adores nutella on homemade crepes. i personally love on it croissants! (ultra naughty tho)

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NEHITA 7/25/2011 10:13AM

    AWWW they can be surprising.

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OTTERSTAMP 7/24/2011 10:54AM

    This is awesome! I hope my future kids have similar habits!

I work at a before and after school daycare program, and I work hard to introduce new foods to my kids because they generally don't get them at home. I was so proud when my kids, who would never touch my morning mango at the beginning of the year, all clamored for a slice by May.

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DISP715 7/24/2011 10:45AM

    Wow. That is awesome. It is interesting, our parents didn't have half the information we have, yet, childhood obesity is through the roof. They learn from us. I know that I don't want my kids to struggle with the same food issues I have. You are teaching your children well. You should be proud. I have 3 sons. 2 have been vegetarians for 5 years. My oldest lives in his own apartment at school. The other night he called to ask me how to oven bake chicken. He also was steaming broccoli. No easy mac or ramen noodles for my college boy! Also, so funny, my 16 told me what he wanted for his birthday dinner. Know what he picked? Veggie burgers and brussel sprouts! Where these kids come from?? Anyway, you are doing a great job. Have a great day. HUGS!

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