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It’s amazing how kids alter your daily diet.  I’m a very clean eater and therefore a “clean” cook-somedays though are hard.  Not because of a desire to eat something bad, but because my eldest grandson is now 8 and has decided that most foods are not worth eating any longer.

Take Friday night.  Last month salmon was a favorite protein of both the older kids.  So, I took out enough for the 3 of us and leftovers to package up for lunch for dh sometime over the weekend.

Knowing that broccoli (plain and steamed) was suddenly no longer liked by either boy, I bought some pretty nice looking roma tomatoes and slice those up for them while I added a salad to my own plate.  I made oven-fries to round it out.

Well, Aidan ate every morsel and even asked for more.  Never have to worry about his appetite!

Dylan on the other hand, well-he ate the tomato, picked at the fries and then said, “grandma I had enough protein from the tomato I don’t like salmon.  Only Aidan likes it.  May I have dessert?”

That garnered a chuckle from me.  I told him I knew enough about nutrition to write a book and that he in no way ate a drop of protein and there would be no dessert since they both had had Valentine’s day parties in their classes.

“Well, then I’m not eating.”

“Okay, but once I put everything away-the kitchen is closed, no matter how hungry you get.”

He sat their a good long while and begrudgingly at his dinner. Then tried again for dessert.  

After my week of shots and pain and now high doses of prednisone-I was NOT making dessert.

Both boys claimed hunger was still descending-so I made whole wheat toast with some sugar free jam.  Seems that when you‘re really hungry toast is “the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten“.

Worked well for all of us.  Full tummies and a closed kitchen.

Peace in the Nadel home-at least until dinner next week.

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      Diane17 wrote Feb 16, 2015
    • Carine, I have two boys, ages 6 and 11 and they are both VERY VERY picky eaters.  The 6 year old is worse than his brother.  They don’t even like mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. :(

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      Carine Nadel wrote Feb 17, 2015
    • I think they all go through a “picky” stage.  That’s how I created that mashed potato recipes 30 years ago-b/c the kids wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t “white” in the veggie category!

      Yesterday I watched JD-18 months and suddenly all he wanted was tomatoes.  and a banana!  no cereal, no toast,no chicken or even berries.

      normal, common but still a bit frustrating!

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