I decided to participate in Lori's Six Week Health Challenge. We are picking six things/areas in our lives to improve health wise and sort of coaching each other during the process. One of the things I wanted to work on was my daughters' eating habits.
In the beginning I was very strict about what they ate. They would eat anything and really preferred vegetables to french fries in the restaurants, to the amazement of others. Since I had Sarah I've really relaxed my standards, and more recently, I've relaxed them a lot more. Knowing what is healthy and right and doing it are two separate things. I know what I should be doing, but have lacked the time or motivation to do it.
My girls have gotten rather picky- especially the middle one. She's good at breakfast, ok at lunch, and terrible at dinner. She doesn't always have a snack in the afternoon either. My kids are definitely snackers though, and I just can't bring myself to deny them food. Currently, the healthy foods they like are : eggs, oatmeal (not Sarah), cheese, yogurt, carrots, apples, fruits, green beans, green peas, broccoli, peanut butter, potatoes, beans and cole slaw believe it or not. Oh and they love avocados but we don't always get them due to price, and of course all kids' favorite- corn.
The not so healthy but not awful things are: turkey products (ham, bacon, sausage we don't do pork much), deli meats, hot dogs, crackers and snack items like pretzels and Goldfish crackers, canned fruits and veggies, and for Sarah she eats some Gerber toddler meals and meat sticks about 2-3 times a week. The bad things include boxed macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, process cheese and baloney, among others.
The older two aren't good water or milk drinkers. I allow them about 4-6oz of juice a day non-diluted. (I still dilute Sarah's 50/50 with water) Sarah drinks plenty of milk, but the other two will only drink it if there's nothing else or if I put chocolate in it, which happens 1-2 times a week.
Anyways, all that to say, I'm just not sure how to help their tastes change back to healthier foods. It is my fault because I do have a big workload, and it's much easier for me to take help from the store. Then I look around and think " Well other people let their kids eat much worse and they're ok." Which is true, but if I feel like I should do better, then I probably should.
Mostly I just want them to accept the food I put in front of them and eat it without complaining. At the very least just taste it. And for those of you that don't allow snacks, what do you do if they're hungry? With my youngest she is still growing a lot and I don't want her to go hungry.