Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I've moved!

I've moved the blog over to Blogger just wasn't cutting it for me over there. Make sure to put the new address in your readers and follow me over there!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

18 Month Stats

I can't believe Mason is a 1.5!! Time has flown by. He weighed in at whopping 24 lbs (25th percentile, which is much better than the 5th where he's been sitting for the last year) and he's 33 inches tall which puts him at the 75th percentile. I spoke with the pediatrician about his horrible eating habits. He told me not to worry and to just look at his diet on a weekly basis, not a daily basis; not to worry if all he'll eat on a given day is yogurt and Goldfish. He's very laid back and not worried at all (I wasn't either, but it still helps to hear!)

Mason LOVES Purdue chicken strips. I love that they make them with whole wheat breading, but I hate the massive amounts of sodium. To remedy this I tried making my own chicken nuggests for him...I pounded chicken breasts, dredged them in flour and egg then coated in Italian Panko for the breading. Finally I baked them 350. I thought it tasted pretty damn good but my little toddler terrorist wouldn't even taste them! It's as if he knew they weren't processed and full of salt so he just couldn't be bothered. If he could give me the finger I think he would have. I need to get a picture of the face he makes when he doesn't want to eat something.

Any recipes for "chicken nuggets" or nugget alternatives we can try?

Monday, March 28, 2011

What is it about Junk Food?

I'm very careful about what Mason eats. I breastfed him for 14 months, made all of his babyfood and he didn't have any white sugar till he had his 1st birthday cake. I don't judge other moms who do differently...I mean, who am I to judge? I make many parenting choices that I'm sure "super mom" would not approve of. I realize that he's going to eat junk food and I need to show him a proper balance of healthy vs. unhealthy but I feel like while his little body is growing so rapidly I want every calorie to count. I eat junk food all the time and it's actually quite contradictory that I keep it from him they way that I do. Mason is very skeptical over new (and sometimes old) food. He won't even open his mouth. But ironically when his "uncle" Ken gave him a Tastycake (not nearly as good as Hostess) for the first time Mason opened WIDE and ate the entire thing without hesitation. How did he know it was going to be something he liked? I can't get him to open his mouth for anything, but he see's something in plastic wrap and immediately knows it's something worth eating? Maybe I should put some plastic wrap over that carrot next time.

Here is Mason with his uncles who aside from loving him like crazy, introduced him to his first Tastycake.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Smoothie Love

I figured out something that Mason will always consume some of....Smoothies! I can put anything in them; carrots, banana, protein powder, yogurt, you name it. I got the idea to try making him a smoothie when I had tons of cooked carrots I made for him that he wouldn't touch. I put a bunch of them in the blender with yogurt, banana and some Amazing Grass powder. I think it is something about the straw and drinking from a real glass. It's different and that makes it interesting to him I suppose. He takes sips from the straw and goes "mmmmmmm". I'm going to have to experiment with some recipes and see which he likes best. I figure its a great way to get him to eat some vegetables because he won't eat them straight. We'll see how long he likes them. His current M.O. is he'll love it today hate it tomorrow.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Yo! Baby!

Yesterday Mason showed us his new trick. M is slow to talk...He can vocalize all the sounds, but doesn't really say much that has meaning (like he won't call the dog " dog" or me "mama".) The only thing he does is he will look at a light and say "la la la light!" Which ends up sounding more like like "la la la ahhh!" but close enough.

but yesterday....I took out some Yo Baby Yogurt to feed him and I said "yo!" and he proceeded to say "baby." We did this over and over again. So yes, my son won't say mama, or daddy but he is happy to say his favorite brand of yogurt. Consumerism at it's best.

Welcome to the blog!

I've started this blog to give working and non-working moms everywhere some ideas on healthy foods that even the pickiest of kids will eat! I am a working mom and wife. I have an 18 month old son, Mason. Mason used to eat up anything and everything we gave him but three months ago he stopped eating anything that isn't a goldfish. It's my mission to find products he'll eat and I feel good about!