Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Don't hate me, but I'm lucky--neither one of my kids likes chips, and we don't keep them in the house. I do like tortilla chips with salsa while I'm making dinner, but the kids don't like those either, so I munch away.

My problem is my husband, who likes sugary cereals. If I'm fixing T. breakfast she'll happily eat what I offer her, but if my husband pours himself a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch suddenly that's what she wants, too.

Sweet Pea Chef's picture Sweet Pea Chef

You bring up a good point...the battle really is in what you have in your pantry. If you don't have chips around, then problem solved.

Sweet Pea Chef's picture Sweet Pea Chef

Good thing to think about Marti. It sounds like this philosophy worked great for your daughter.

I do think that forbidding certain foods is not good, and I do allow my boys to have access to treats!!

I guess I have learned from trial and error that they are the type of eaters who are the most motivated to eat healthy when they are the most hungry. I actually allow them to snack on veggies while dinner is being made, so they get more veggies in their systems. Since this works so well for us, I don't want to forgo this trick and have them desire sweets or chips during this time, instead of eating healthy food.