Have you had luck with any fruits or vegetables? This slideshow on quick tips for feeding a picky eater may have some advice and tips that can help you incorporate more fruits and veggies into your daughter's diet.
I think that as "ascended" said, how you present them to her might make a difference. I have younger cousins who went through something similar (refused to eat vegetables). My aunt started making green smoothies with kale, spinach, apples, pears, etc. and calling it "Shrek juice" -- they love it. Is there some spin you could put on smoothies or fruit pops that would make your daughter think they were cool? Also, I know a lot of parents who use the method of hiding veggies in other dishes (blended carrots and zucchini into spaghetti sauce for example).View Thread
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I think this is a great idea! Thanks for starting this discussion. I will definitely have to try some of the things that you mention -- I've only tried blue potatoes of the things you listed, and I agree that they taste really good
Have you tried Jicama? It's an edible root that kind of looks like a turnip, but it's flesh is kind of a cross between a pear and a water chestnut. I like to use it in stir-fries, on salads, in slaws, or just cut up and sprinkled with some crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper and lemon juice.
Most schools are out, hotter weather is rolling in (or in some places is here in full force), and it's almost time for all of those summer kickoff parties to begin!
Does anyone have any good summer snacks that they like to break out this time of year? It can be something simple, a new twist on an old favorite, or even a drink or dessert recipe. The cooler the better
My favorite thing about summer is the fresh fruit. This watermelon popsicle recipe is one of my go-to sweet treats:
4 cups cubed watermelon (rind removed)
1 tablespoon lime juice (freshly squeezed is always good)
1 tablespoon honey, optional
Put watermelon, lime juice and honey in a blender. Pour mixture into a bowl (use a fine sieve to get out all of the pulp). Pour or spoon the juice into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
I definitely know what you mean about getting lost in a new store...even going from one location to another of the same store can get me all out of sorts! At least there is usually some consistency in finding your staples like meats, produce, and dairy products around the perimeter
This slideshow about counting carbs has a focus on diabetes, but I think that the information that it outlines is useful even if you do not have diabetes. It talks about the different kinds of carbs and sugars and how to choose those that are better for you. It also gives some basic guidelines for daily consumption and outlines some basics on eating a balanced diet. This overview on dietary guidelines gives a wider range of foods and an idea of how much you should be eating in each category.
As far as grocery bills go, it really differs from person to person what would be considered standard. Things like buying brand names factors in, as well as the types of foods you are eating -- are they organic, mostly fresh produce, good cuts of meat, do you have dietary restrictions you are making accommodations for, etc? As long as none of the food you are buying is going to waste, and you feel that you are eating a balanced, well-portioned diet, your grocery budget is probably on par. Have you tried buying non-perishables in bulk? Sometimes this can help cut down on cost.
Roh is right that fatty and fried foods often result in diarrhea, while spicy foods are more apt to cause heartburn and indigestion. You might try the ideas that Roh suggested to see if it really is the extreme spiciness that is causing your discomfort. The first poster also made a a good point, that a check up with a doctor to rule out any other more serious issues or ones that can easily be resolved with proper treatment might also be a good idea.