Here’s my take on sticking to your budget, while still eating healthily.
The transition from baby to toddler is the start of a whole new life as a parent. Suddenly, it’s all about the 4 Ps – playgroups, pull-ups, potties and, er, pickiness at meal times.
I’m an Organix No Junk Mum, which is why they’ve recently sent me a sneak peak of their new Goodies products, which aren’t yet in the stores. The kids and I have had a lovely time, tasting and testing.
With my little boy still a bit of a veg swerver, I’m always on the look-out for ways to make vegetables just that bit more interesting.
My eldest daughter has been studying the Second World War at school. And as part of that whole shebang, she’s ended up with a few copies of original Ministry of Food War Cookery Leaflets, which were produced by the government to help people with rationing.
Just recently I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my children’s diet. I’ve been making sweetcorn fritters with extra red pepper, trying to sneak salad into their sandwiches (they may pick it out but at least it makes me feel better) and, for long car journeys, preparing plastic containers of carrot, celery and cucumber sticks as snacks.
For me, Christmas Day is a weird combo of over-excited, hyped-up kids + post-festive admin euphoria high (no more spreadsheet, yay!) + feeling a bit hangdog after a late night of frantic last-minute wrapping and a few drinks.
At some meals, the eldest two can be great. But I also hear ‘Yuck!’ and ‘I don’t like that’ regularly, especially when something a little different is served.
After weaning three babies, I can say that I’ve had my fair share of being batted with spoons and smattered with purée.
We all want our children to eat a healthy range of foods so that they have nutritionally-balanced diets. The long-term plan: to help them learn to love good food for life. But right now, today, when you’re always so busy and every day is a tired day, it can sometimes feel like you’re knocking your head against your wall.
Hey, I’m an Organix No Junk Mum!
As regular readers will know, I’m on a mission to promote fresh, healthy food for children and families, and encourage kids to tuck into more fruit and vegetables – starting with my own super-fussy eater boy. (An update on his progress is coming in a future blog post.)