When I posted this entry I got a bunch of great questions about the PediaSure product in addition to some insightful feedback that perhaps we might be “hiding fruits and vegetables”— a topic that nutritionists speak of often when it comes to nutrition for kids. I thought all of it was pretty awesome because isn’t this exactly what blogs are for? They make you think, reflect, keep an open mind, and share stories so that we don’t feel alone in this monumental thing called parenting. It’s all good baby, baby. But I want to talk more about what it means to me to have a “fickle eater” and the things that I’m doing to help my child grow to have a healthy relationship with food.
When I was younger my Mother and I always talked about balance when eating. We grew vegetables in our yard and explored with “tofu pups” and veggie burgers, which was pretty radical back then. We never had sugar cereal or processed foods around, instead we indulged in homemade rhubarb pies, homemade ice pops, and the occasional dark chocolate. Mom was an excellent cook and I couldn’t remember a time when we didn’t have a homemade meal on the table. I take eating well and dinnertime very serious. I do the best I can with my 2 and 4 year-old to have conversations over dinner (even if it lasts 5 minutes) and talk about the healthy choices on our plates. Miss P. and I have been cultivating a veggie garden in our yard all month and we go out and eat lima beans and lettuce every afternoon.
She gets it. She understands the difference between healthy eating, snacking, and treats. And I think that’s pretty darn good for a young 4 year-old. But that doesn’t always mean she’s going to eat everything on her plate. That doesn’t mean she won’t stop deciding that on Tuesdays she won’t eat anything yellow either. Or that the extra seed in the piece of bread made it “yucky” and therefore the entire sandwich is no longer edible. She’s 4. And I get that. So in order to be the best mom to my daughter, I need to make sure she’s getting the nutrition she needs, regardless of principle.
Kudos to PediaSure Sidekicks for coming up with a product with ingredients that include real foods—sweet potato, apples, strawberries, and bananas, in addition to the vitamins that young bodies need. We aren’t using Sidekicks as a meal replacement. We aren’t using it to “hide” anything. We are using it to fill the gaps like say, on Tuesdays, when actual yellow bananas are simply out of the question.
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