Friday, November 13, 2009

Things we struggle with, part 3

Food. I don't like to make meal times a struggle and am pretty lenient about food, but our twins give "picky" a whole new meaning. My daughter Anna has been an extremely picky eater since birth, and she was less aggravating at five years old than Candace and Sarah. At least she was consistent about what she would or would not eat. With the twins, they may love it today and hate it tomorrow. Here is what they will eat at any time: McDonald's chicken nuggets and fries, cheese pizza, pasta, Omaha Steaks hamburger patty on the grill (only-don't try to fool them with a cheap substitute), bacon and ramen noodles. Sometimes they will eat grapes, bananas and apples. They don't like "normal" kid foods like applesauce or macaroni and cheese. They don't like spicy food unless it is Ethiopian food. Forget milk. Or juice, unless it is mango. Eggs... no. Pancakes... no. Rice... no.

I am having a hard time coming up with food to feed them and the aforementioned older picky daughter. We are getting tired of spaghetti. Have I mentioned that I really don't like to cook?

For now, I am relying on the magic of multivitamins and calcium supplements. And hoping that an expansion of the acceptable foods list is in the future.


Emily said...

Hahaha I'm glad they at least know what a quality steak is. And of course you can't beat "flies and a coca". Aren't you glad me and Kenneth pretty much ate whatever you fed us?

Jennifer said...

Oh, I am right there with you on the food thing! Will they eat rice? Mine will, esp if it has what they think is "wat" on top. (Indian bean mix from either Trader Joe's or Costco). They eat that 3 to 4 times a week for dinner. Other then that they just want "pastini" which is Top Ramen or peanut butter sandwiches! Just recently Selam will eat a quesadilla and Tigist chicken nuggets. They say they like pizza, but they pick it to pieces. Oh, they love french fries, too.
After trying Soy, Rice, and Almond milk and failing to entice them to drink ANY milk, the nutritionist gave me the go ahead to give them chocolate milk. It worked. They now will drink milk, and I try to put the least acceptable amt of chocolate syrup in the cup. Mango is the only fruit they will eat. Bananas very infrequently.
Yes! Very frustrating.

Lori S said...

Mmmmhmmm!! We had picky eaters too!! No cheese whatsoever!!! But, we are a family with 6 children. So,,,eat, or starve! lol So, our girls have learned to e.a.t!!!
I will say that Dibo enjoys her fries more than her nuggets. Faven will eat just about anything in any amount except for cheesy things. LOVES meat!!!
But, we fix what we fix and they eat what they eat. And, they seem to be pretty healthy!!
So, my advice is: don't cater to them. They need to learn to love what you prepare!

steffany said...

I am laughing so hard.
yeah and you know why I am laughing, right?
The great thing is...
They are healthy so you don't have the added stress of doctors and nutritionist condemning everything you do
But you know...
That I know...
Can't help but to laugh

missy said...

just found your blog...don't even know how. but we live in lincoln, so i was excited to find you. your family is beautiful!