Nathan’s lunch yesterday:
1/4 an apple
A piece of Monterrey Jack Cheese
3 reduced-fat club crackers
Nathan’s favorite foods (what Nathan typically eats on a daily or near-daily basis):
Reduced-sugar oatmeal for breakfast
Cheerios (whole grain)
Steak (yes, we totally feed our kid steak!)
Chicken (although sometimes if he’s in a bad mood, he won’t eat it)
Pizza and bread sticks (maybe 2x a month)
French fries (only given when at a restaurant that doesn’t offer fruits or veggies on the kids menu)
Pretty much any fruit or vegetable
Not a bad list for a kid who’s picky. This kid eats well. In fact, most toddlers I know don’t like the same foods he does. And he doesn’t like most foods other kids his age eat. For instance, when I pick Nathan up from Paul’s grandmother’s house after working out on Tuesdays, she likes to send some sweets home with him. I try to feed Nathan a little bite, but he just spits it out. I can understand, why though. I’ve worked so hard to get him to like eating his fruits and vegetables, and he’s had very little processed sugar in his young life. So to him, it’s unfamiliar, and right now, he’s going through a picky phase where he only eats certain things. Fortunately for me, because I’ve never given him the option of eating unhealthy, his favorite foods consist of fruits, veggies, cheese, lean meats, and whole grains. Which is perfect here at home. Going out to eat is another story because, as you parents might already know, it’s hard to find a restaurant that serves healthy food for kids.
I hope he keeps this trend up, though. You can’t go wrong with all those nutrients and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. It boosts his immune system, brain function, helps him grow into a healthy adult, etc. But yeah, I’ve found that not giving him the option to gorge on processed/unhealthy foods has really helped keep him on the right track. If it’s not in the house, not offered to him, he can’t eat it. Therefore, he eats what he knows, and what he knows is eating healthy. Not too bad, huh?