Sunday, June 27, 2010

Eatting money would be cheaper

My two older kids are eating so much this summer! Anyone else having this problem? I just keep shoveling it in and they still say they are hungry! Is it because they are more active with school out? Perhaps they get bored at time?  During the school year I could barely get them to eat at times, so I really am glad they are making up for it...but man, my food budget is going to explode!

Because I have children with food allergies and sensitivities (Alex gets ear infections if he has milk, Rebecca gets severely grumpy and loses her impulse control if she eats sugar, and Jarod has physical reactions to wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and any food additives) (I myself do not do good with dairy and sugar), so I log what we eat. It's not only handy for determining what is causing their reactions but is also a good reference for what meals they like or dislike. So here is what we ate today and they are still hanging around the kitchen browsing for a bedtime snack. lol
And they had huge portion sizes of this stuff too and seconds, I was hoping for leftovers for tomorrow but nope....all gone!

B: Eggs, steak, peaches
Jarod and Alex liked.
Rebecca ate it but didn't look overly thrilled.

Snack: Watermelon
Everyone liked, made the mistake of cutting one too many pieces and all three kids fought over it.
So I ate it. 
Problem solved. 

L: Sweet &; Sour Stir Fry (snap peas, carrots, red pepper, pineapple, chicken breast cubes, homemade sweet & sour sauce)
Jarod and Rebecca liked.
Alex did not. He just ate the pineapple and chicken.

Snack: Smoothie (rice milk, banana, strawberries, mango, pineapple, peaches)
Everyone liked.

Dinner: Beef patty, guacamole (avocado, garlic), black beans, onion, mushrooms, natural bacon, spinach
Jarod and Rebecca liked.
Alex did not. He just ate the beans and guacamole.

Snack: Grilled pineapple with glaze (molasses, honey, olive oil, cinnamon), and rice ice cream
Everyone liked, except Alex didn’t want his grilled.
* Everyone in a good mood all day. Jarod had no tummy aches and was very coherent.
* Find a cure for picky toddlers
* Get another job to pay for all this food.


  1. My kids just want to snack ALL DAY LONG! Then they don't want to eat the actual meals that will keep them full, so I try to deter them out of the kitchen except for meal time, and planned snack time.

  2. Have you tried Alex on dairy recently? My niece used to get ear infections when she'd drink cow's milk when she was very young (like under 2), but more recently she can drink it and have no issues whatsoever. My own son used to be allergic to the proteins in cow's milk, but again at the age of 2 the allergy lifted and he can have it with no problems at all. I hope Alex outgrows his sensitivity, no dairy makes life tricky for everyone!

  3. Tena, yeah we test dairy every so often with him but no luck so far. I still can't eat much dairy either, if I do I get infections too but I don't miss it as there are lot of yummy substitutes!

  4. My boys (7,3,2)are eating us out of house and home! I've been taking them to the pool everyday, but holy hell! And it's not just snacking, they're eating every single thing I place in front of them, and then want more. For one lunch, they eat 8 slices of bread, and half a gallon of milk. I've been trying to fill them up with cheap fruits and veggies. The older two are all bones, too, so i'm guessing a growth spurt.

  5. Zena, what will we do when they are teenagers??!!

  6. I'd love to hear more about your daughter and sugar/impulse control issues. My 5yr old seems to have similar issues, and we are trying to figure out what is ok (honey, molasses, stevia, xylitol, raw, etc) any links/thoughts would be great!


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