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SEXYMAMA2FIVE Posts: 42
4/26/10 10:25 P

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Peer pressure has a lot to do with everything it seems. My kids are not around too many other kids due to being homeschooled so I have no one but myself to blame for their eating habits.

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4/24/10 3:37 P

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When I saw that Chicken nugget episode I about lost it. You can do the same thing only use the actual meat! There is alot of peer pressure out there, and boys will eat anything and naturally the girls followed along. Geeez it's bad out there.

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4/23/10 8:41 A

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I'm totally with you on the peer pressure thing. that's exactly what it was...and so was Jaime's rally at the high school. I've been at assemblies at the middle school where I teach and most of the students are bored stiff most of the time but if one student starts something usually the rest start

anyhoo...I am so enthusiastic about getting the not so processed stuff. I recently looked at the back of a bag of mini powdered donuts at my grandparents house and wanted to throw up in my mouth when I saw how many ingredients were in there. To me that's a good sign that that particular food item isn't edible (or shouldn't be eaten)

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4/22/10 11:34 A

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i finally saw the chicken nugget demo and....it's not that the kids didn't care....it was PEER PRESSURE! at first, they all looked grossed out, then ONE BOY raised his hand (probably wanting to be gross....cuz that's the age they were at) and the rest of the kids followed suit.

that's ALL it was! they probably would have forgotten about the demo before they got a chance to possibly eat chicken nuggets, anyway.

most people have a pretty good selective memory.

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4/21/10 11:54 P

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" I do not know what I will do when I want a quick snack for the kids. "

Fresh fruit makes a great snack. We get a couple of kids for the weekend twice a month, and their house is full of crap food. It's taken a little while, but they finally understand that fresh fruit IS the snack at our house - but they never need to ask for it, and they can have extra if they like. Nothing quicker than an apple or orange or banana or strawberries or grapes or.... you get the idea.

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SEXYMAMA2FIVE Posts: 42
4/21/10 11:17 P

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Oh, that was gross but I really belivee it. When I find french fries months later in the van they still look the same. Yuck! Now, we are working on cutting out the fast food but I think it will be hard.

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4/21/10 9:43 P

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I really thought that was gross. The fact that the kids all said they would eat it was even worse. Either our kids are just too desensitized to gross things like that or there is a big problem with the way our young people view food.

Here is another reason to avoid McDonald's. I am thinking of doing this experiment with other fast food restaurants myself since I think McDonald's is getting a bum wrap. I worked for Burger King for 15 years and we got most of our supplies from the very same supplier as they do. The cooking process just differed on most of it.Here is that link for you.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGtDPG4UfI

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the nugget demo was quite repulsive. It reminds me of what someone who worked at a hot dog manufacturing plant old me. He said it you wiped the gross stuff off the floor and wrung your mop into the vat, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

I don't make crackers. I DO though buy the whole wheat, high fiber tortillas, slice them in wedges w/ the pizza cutter, put on baking tray, spritz w/ OO and bake. Not unprocessed, but a healthier choice. Trader Joes has some great varieties too. If I get the plain style, I sprinkle spices on before I bake. Good w/ salsa, hummus, etc.

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4/21/10 4:01 P

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I think one of the reasons the McDonald's habit is so hard to break (why some kids STILL want nuggets even after knowing what nastiness is hidden inside) is that highly processed foods are addictive... all the salt and fat and sugar, all the flavor additives only make you want more. Just knowing that it's awful for you often isn't enough to combat all the advertising and positive reinforcement that has been going on since day one of most of our lives.

I am going to suggest to all the local outlets and to the McD's headquarters that they start carrying small packages of baby carrots as a substitute item for french fries. That's a great choice nutritionally, and they don't spoil quickly; I know from experience that they can last for weeks when stored correctly.

I've just pulled up some of the chicken nugget episode on another website, and will watch it for my own education. We're doing TV-free week this week, so my kids are playing outside. (hallelujah!)

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4/21/10 11:21 A

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I agree that Jamie's recipes aren't necessarily the most nutritious at times but they all have unprocessed ingredients. I've really been adopting this philosophy since I started making my own baby food 4 years ago.

I did away with the Goldfish crackers a couple months ago. Stopped buying the Go-gurts this month (right after my daughter learned to squeeze them herself and started begging for 6 a day!) I've only rarely bought cereal other than Cheerios though I should check the label and see all the preservatives and stuff but at least they're not loaded with sugar. I'm fortunate that though my kids can be picky sometimes they're favorite snacks are frozen peas, corn, steamed broccoli, celery with peanut butter and other stuff like that.

A few months ago I also started to bake all my own breads. I do occasionally buy a pack of hamburger buns but I haven't bought a loaf yet this year. I do use the bread machine for this but only for mixing. I take it out, put it into a loaf pan, let it rise 30 minutes then bake. Most bread machines do have a timer setting so you can have fresh bread ready in the morning if you're fine with the square loaf. I've found the homemade breads to be overall healthier, tastier, and much cheaper at about $1 per loaf for even the most loaded whole grain breads.

I also routinely mix pureed butternut squash (loaded with vitamin C and fiber but low in calories) into spaghetti sauce, soups, chili, tacos you name it! I do this with other steamed and pureed veggies as well. My kids know muffins include things like carrots and squash so they're used to it. The preschool teacher likes that on my son's snack day as well.

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SEXYMAMA2FIVE Posts: 42
4/20/10 6:54 P

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I do not know how the all breast chicken nuggets are made. I think I will have to do some research. It is interesting and disgusting to know what we are eating. I know I have been eating a lot of food that really should not be called food, just a chemical filled box.

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4/20/10 4:09 P

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You know that whole demonstration popped up in my head when I was at Subway today and I was looking at their fake pressed chicken patty.... EWWW. It doesn't have the consistency of a normal chicken breast and now I'm wondering how that is made too...

That demonstration totally has me grossed out and paranoid.

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SEXYMAMA2FIVE Posts: 42
4/19/10 11:55 P

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I will check the kashi crackers and some others. There has to be a middle ground of cheese crackers somewhere. I can honestly say I will probably not make crackers from scratch. The last time I tried the kids would not even go near them.

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4/19/10 11:41 P

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It was! And then when all of the kids raised their hands and said they would eat it?! Shudder.

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4/19/10 11:38 P

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The episode of the chicken nugget demonstration that Jamie did will haunt me forever...it was soooo disgusting!

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4/19/10 10:32 P

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I love the banana recipe and I really like it with cocoa added. My kids did not fall for it but then they are the PICKEST kids I know. Even our pediatrican says she has never seen a child that beats our oldest daughter. It is going to take a lot of work to increase the foods she likes.

One of the tricks that has worked with my kids is adding cooked sweetpotato puree to the eggs when I make french toast or baked french toast casserole. I started off with a small amount and have increased it over time. They know that I put it in now and it does not bother them, infact they think it is funny. I got that tip from the sneaky chef. It is a great book for adding stuff to the kids foods but some of it really does change the texture or taste of the food.

I have to say Jamie's food is not what I would call "healthy" but it is not processed so it is a step in the right direction. I already made a few recipes and I enjoyed them (even with cutting back on the fat). Tomorrow my 6 year olds wants to try that roast beef recipe in the Revolution book so we are going to buy the ingredients in the morning.

I am nervous about making this change. We have talked about it before but we have never removed all of the junk from the house. I do not know what I will do when I want a quick snack for the kids.

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4/19/10 10:07 P

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Good for you guys!! Your kids will thank you, eventually :) I've been trying to make some of the same changes in my house and it's not easy but if you stick with it eventually the kids get used to it and stop fighting (well, maybe not stop but it does lessen).

One thing my kids love is the soft serve banana "ice cream" recipe I got off SparkRecipes.com. You just put 4 frozen bananas (broken into chunks) into the food processor and process until they resemble soft serve. I add a little milk and vanilla to make it taste a little more like ice cream. The first night I served it the kids didn't realize it was just bananas!!!

If you have any tips/tricks that work I would love to hear them!!

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4/19/10 9:49 P

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Perhaps the tlc cheddar crackers by Kashi or Amy's bunny crackers with cheese might be a good substitute for the cheese-its? I haven't looked at the ingredients but I thought they might help your kids feel less deprived if they get a substitution that is as good (better, we know) as what they had. Just a thought.



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SEXYMAMA2FIVE Posts: 42
4/19/10 9:31 P

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DH and I had our 3 older kids (8,6,4) watch the chicken nugget demonstration from the show. The older 2 were grossed out but the 6 and 4 year old still want McDonalds.

After they watched the video clip DH talked to the kids about changes that need to happen in our house. That they are also going to make changes not just the adults. It was not a pretty sight, especially when they realized the cheeze-its are leaving the house. I am sure there will be lots of grumbling the next few weeks but at least we have taken a stand and the first step to healthier life in our family.

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