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Peanut butter galore


Every now and then, Aristu, my youngest will agree to eat a small bite of peanut butter. He’s not crazy about it; he refuses to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The last time I tried to give him one, he spat it out and exclaimed peee-uuuuu, baby speak for disgusting.

So I was quite amused when yesterday he seemed to suddenly discover peanut butter. His older brother, who loves all things with peanuts, was licking a tablespoonful when Aristu asked for some. I gave him a teeny weeny bit in bis baby spoon. He licked it, murmured deli-cious, and asked for more.

He went back and forth for almost half-an-hour, licking at spoonful after spoonful of peanut butter until I became concerned that he was going to fall sick. Billi, my oldest, who thinks that peanut butter can do no wrong, explained in the way only a serious 12-year-old can, that peanut butter was full of protein and couldn’t possibly hurt his little brother.

Anyway, Aristu didn’t fall sick and actually finished his dinner by eating four florets of brocolli and some applesauce and a slice of ham. When I think of previous dinners when I had to deal with his fussy eating habits,  I was glad I managed to get some good food into him. Take one day at a time, huh?

Posted by Hema Easley on Monday, January 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
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The ghost of meals future


Our 2-year-old niece was visiting from California with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law last month and it was fascinating to get a glimpse of what may be in store for us, especially when it comes to mealtime. Our niece is a petite little thing, currently she only weighs 2 more pounds than JD, who’s 10 months old!


Before they got here, my sister-in-law e-mailed me a list of requests to get at the grocery store, including a gallon of milk. Also included were what I would consider kids staples — bananas and kiwis, Dora fruit snacks, yogurt, mac and cheese, natural peanut butter and jelly, etc. What was surprising was mealtime itself. The kid must have subsisted on air because I rarely saw her eat anything off the plate. After toying with her food for a little while, with maybe a nibble here or there, my sister-in-law would coax my niece to eat a few bites, but that was all. She did drink a lot of milk, though. That gallon was almost finished by the end of the week!

The only time I saw my niece eat almost a whole meal was the night of “Bite and run,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. As my niece ran around the first floor she would pause for a spoonful of yogurt as she passed through the kitchen. Of course, she probably ran off any calories so I’m guessing that meal was close to a wash!

Meanwhile, JD is still pretty receptive to everything we’ve put in front of him. I definitely appreciate the captive audience at meal time. However, I’m starting to see a preference for sweet — fruit is met with big smiles and hand clapping while veggies and proteins, not so much. And I tried giving a few bites of american cheese and cottage cheese the other day and got gags and grimaces in return. But I’m not discouraged yet. I figure I have a little more time before I have a picky eater on my hands. And if I believe the experts, I have only 6 more tries before the new foods become staples.

Posted by Tracey Princiotta on Thursday, June 5th, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
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Feed the little ones PB&J and save the planet


Something like that, at least.

When I first heard about the PB&J Campaign, I nearly dismissed the idea out of hand, because the campaign’s goal appears to be to make vegetarians out of us all.pbj-2.jpg

We are avowed carnivores in our house, and I have happily eaten veal and lamb. (Look, it’s hard for me not to inject a Homer Simpson drooling noise here, so let’s just leave it at that.)

Even so, it’s hard for me to argue that perhaps, as a society, we should eat less meat.

There. I said it.

This is the crux of the campaign:

Everything we eat comes from plants, whether we eat the plants directly or through an animal intermediary. The basic problem is that animals are inefficient at converting plants into meat, milk, and eggs. Relatively little of what they eat ends up in what you eat because animals use most of their food to keep them alive – to fuel their muscles so they can stand up and walk around, to keep their hearts beating, to keep their brains working.

That cow, pig, or chicken has to eat a lot more protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients than it yields in meat, eggs, or milk. The result is that it takes several pounds of corn and soy to produce one pound of beef, or one pound of eggs, one pound of milk, etc. This holds true even if we’re measuring calories or protein; it takes several times the calories or protein in livestock feed to produce the calories or protein we get from the meat, eggs, or milk.

That made me think.

For every pound of beef, eggs or milk, we’re using several pounds of food that could be eaten by others elsewhere around the world.

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Posted by Amy Vernon on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 11:00 am |


Bloggers Unite for Human Rights


For a few weeks now, some of you may have noticed the badge in our blog’s sidebar that declares today as the day that Bloggers Unite for Human Rights.

Several of us here at ice cream is not for breakfast decided to join in, writing about topics that relate to our blog topic, feeding our children.

First off, at 9 a.m., we’ll have Tracey Princiotta writing about food insecurity in the Lower Hudson Valley as the worsening economy puts more families at risk of hunger.

At 11 a.m., Amy Vernon will explain the PB&J campaign and why eating less meat is a good idea not just for your arteries, but for others who are hungry around the world.

At 1 p.m. Marcela Rojas will tell you about Bread Alone, a bakery that a nonprofit in Africa to set up bakeries giving children with HIV/AIDS access to nutritious, whole grain breads.

At 3 p.m., Katie Ryan O’Connor will examine how higher food and fuel costs are forcing school districts around the country to slash critical food programs such as free school breakfasts.

We’ll update this post as the day goes on to hyperlink to each of the aforementioned posts.

Please let us know what you think and I hope we provide you with some (pardon the pun) food for thought.

Posted by Amy Vernon on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 7:00 am |


About this blog
You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticuts largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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