My biggest conundrum here is that my kids are HEALTHY kids. They are skinny kids. The chicken fingers we eat don't *appear* to be killing them, and trust me when I tell you, they are not lacking in energy. They hate soda, so we have that (inadvertently) going for us. But aside from Little J, who always hovered around the 40th percentile, I haven't had a kid who wasn't on the really small side of the weight scale as a baby--which is where all of this started, because our pediatrician wanted to see them gain some weight, and you just can't do that with a three-ounce jar of pureed vegetables. You do that with mac-and-cheese and snack crackers and braunschweiger.
And then you go to the grocery store, and you can stock up on 30 cans of soggy vegetables for six dollars, which is a HELLUVA deal, compared to the $4 price tag on a single bunch of organic kale. I KNOW you healthy people are having a small aneurysm, but it's true--and I suppose I am looking for the happy medium, that allows my kids to be *healthier*, without it costing the equivalent of our budget for a two-week Disney World vacation.
I believed that I had found that option, in the form of a spaghetti squash, which I slutted up with with ritz crackers and cheese. A respectable vegetable, a few preservatives, some sodium for good measure--THAT'S my version of balancing the budget, baby. I REALLY thought I could sell this to the kids, but it might as well have been brussel sprouts grown in the ass of a wart hog, because it DID NOT go well. Which just goes to prove that this entire healthy living stage of life is a freaking nightmare, and I can't wait until I'm 80--at which point I will no longer be concerned with bathing suit season, and I will have earned the right to eat ONLY ice cream until the day that I die.
I know there are some of you who don't watch videos, but dude. WATCH THIS VIDEO. This pretty much sums up what it's like to feed vegetables to young children. And share the love, because I KNOW we aren't the only parents that have ever had a vegetable...backfire.