The first one I got said “Share a Diet Coke with Mom.” See? I took a picture of the can here:
I liked the mom mention. I’ve certainly shared Diet Cokes with my mom. And of course, I’m a mom, too. All this got me thinking about how moms (and dads!) are in charge of helping direct their kids toward healthy choices, especially in the food and beverage department. Which got me further thinking about how we do that with our daughter.
We’re lucky that our daughter is a pretty good eater. When she first started eating solid foods, she would eat just about anything. So our natural conclusion was that meant we must be the most awesome parents EVAH!Alas, then she started developing food preferences, so she wouldn’t eat just anything anymore. Goodbye olives! But still, she has enough range in her diet that we feel pretty good about it. Here’s how we try to keep her on track:
- We generally stick to whole wheat and whole grain versions of anything carb-y: bread, pasta, tortillas, brown rice, etc.
- We always have fresh fruit around. The kid really likes any kind of fruit, so that helps. My husband deserves a lot of credit for her love of fruit – it’s one of his go-to snacks, and they eat a lot of fruit together.
- She’s not as universal in her appreciation of veggies, but we still do okay with a decent variety. We’ve got the orange (carrots, sweet potatoes), green (cucumbers, salad greens, green bell peppers, celery), red (tomatoes, red bell peppers) and yellow (yellow tomatoes, yellow bell peppers) parts of the veggie rainbow covered. We can even get her to eat broccoli sometimes, which is impressive considering her mother does NOT care for the stuff.
- She also loves dairy! Yogurt (especially the Greek kind), cheese and milk are golden.
- Protein? Hmmmm … we’re doing okay there. She loves the salty, cured stuff like bacon and salami (hubby’s turned her on to those delights). But she also does well with leaner proteins. We have a lot of chicken and turkey sausage, flank steak, organic chicken and pork tenderloin in our house, and the kid’ll eat them all. Plus, she loves nuts, eggs and beans, so we seem to be doing okay in the non-meat protein area.
- Do we do treats? Yeah, we do. But in moderation.
- At restaurants, we do the best we can. Chicken tenders and pizza do happen, but they are generally accompanied by a fruit or veggie, washed down with milk.