Friday, December 13, 2013

Silly Question: Food Related

Sidekick has always, and I mean always, been a great eater.  There's nothing this kid won't eat.  Last time my sister saw him when he had just turned one, she was bound a determined to find something he wouldn't eat.  She failed... he ate everything she put in front of him.  He's been eating table food since he was 10 1/2 months old, and since then, he pretty much eats what I eat.  Only sometimes do I fix him something different and that's usually because there isn't food for me, so I'll eat a bowl of cereal (my absolute favorite!).  Anyway, Friday nights are our typical take-n-bake pizza from our favorite place.  I pick up the pizza, pick him up from school, and then pop the pizza in the oven. It's our Friday night routine. 

Here's my question... is it okay for him to NOT have vegetables with dinner?  He loves veggies, but sometimes I just want to cook the pizza and not worry about anything else.  Must he have fruit with breakfast and fruit and veggies with lunch and dinner?  Why do I feel so guilty if I skip veggies/fruit one night?  I rarely eat veggies even though he has them every night, and I think I've been okay thus far.  So... does he need fruit and veggies for two meals a day, or can I lose my Mommy guilt and feel okay skipping them once a week?  Seriously... what is my problem with this "decision"???????


  1. I've read that it's not the distribution of food per meal that counts, but throughout the day that matters. So if you skip fruit or veggies with one meal, it's no big deal, as long as he gets it with another meal. So that's what I live by! :)

    Finn's a great eater, too. It's wonderful, isn't it? I feel so lucky to not have food be a battle every day!

    1. Thank you, Shannon! I think I need to find out how "much" fruit and veggies he needs each day. If he gets them two times a day, is that sufficient? Too much? Ugh... the things we worry about in order to be a good Mom raising a happy, healthy child.

  2. Isaac loves pretty much all fruit, but refuses veggies most of the time (unless squashing them with his fingers allows him to absorb the benefits of vegetables thru osmosis). While he does get ear infections a lot, I think that is mainly caused by his genetics. I think Sidekick will be completely fine if you skip the veggies that day.

  3. I have one picky eater and one super picky eater. I'm lucky if they get 3 servings combined of vegetables/fruits. Always working on it--but sad to say, around here it's a daily battle!