The Summer Picnic talk at ABC and 123 this week is about snacks and nutrition. My daughter is a picky eater. She doesn’t eat a lot of things – anything that she deems “mushy” or “spicy”, eggs, pasta, dishes with sauces. At the same time she inherited a giant sweet tooth of her papa. I am trying not to stress much about her feeding habits. I was a picky eater myself, and I remember all too well the “food fights” that I’ve had with my mom. I don’t want to get into the same type of power struggles with my daughter, so I am determined to stay relaxed and have faith in her own ability to chose what she needs right now and how much. Of course, my relaxed attitude is helped by the fact that she is a healthy child with no allergies, so I can offer her a wide choice of things and see what she likes.
Well, back to snacks. I don’t approve of never-ending grazing. In our house there are snack times and food is not available outside of those snack times. The snacks usually contain some sort of fruit – luckily, Anna likes all kinds of fruit, and something sweet like marshmallows or M&Ms. When we go out, we usually have a couple of small plastic containers with us with dry snacks – Gorilla Crunch cereal, pretzels or pretzel sticks. Anna is a huge fan of freeze dried fruit snacks from Trader’s Joe, but they used to give her a bad diaper rash, so we eat them sparingly. We usually go very light on juices – she drinks water most of the day. She never tried Cola or any other carbonated drinks yet. We gave her simple carbonated water once, and this discouraged her from trying any “juices with bubbles”… for now. She also likes drinkable yogurts and cheese, so we take cheese sticks and yogurt with us if we have a cooler. In a nutshell, we try to honor her sweet tooth but limit processed food as much as possible and give her a lot of fresh produce to eat. My only concern with her diet is low iron, since she doesn’t like meat. She doesn’t look anemic, but I would like to give her more green veggies and beans. Too bad that she is not a big fan of those.