I’ve written many, many posts about my kids and food. One of the most surprising things about being a parent is how much how my kids eat makes feel like a good or a bad parent. And I know I’m not the only mama out there who struggles with this! We want to make sure our kids eat well, but we’re also short on time and patience. Those kids know how to wear you down and before you know it, they’ve had dessert three times in one day.
Some days I just wave the white flag. But most of the time, I am able to keep the kids’ diets pretty decently healthy. My main goal in feeding my kids is to focus on healthy food, but still leave room for a little compromise. For example, I don’t think sugar is the enemy. I think too much sugar is the enemy. A piece of cake at a birthday party is just fine.
One of the compromises I have made is cereal. I used to get up super early every morning and make my kids big breakfasts of eggs and bacon or pancakes. And they didn’t eat it. So I was frustrated because they didn’t eat and they were hungry going off to school. They kept begging for cereal and I finally decided it was time to take another look at the cereal aisle to see if I could find something we could all agree on. One of our favorite cereals is Chex Cereal.
My kids love Chex Cereal. They love the variety of flavors, the texture, and the taste. I love that Chex is gluten free (we choose to try and limit the amount of gluten we eat), does not have any artificial flavor and no colors from artificial sources. In fact, we love Chex so much that it doesn’t just grace the breakfast table – it’s also the main ingredient in some of our favorite snacks.
I have found that compromising a little bit and focusing on the big picture when it comes to my family’s food helps me stay sane in the kitchen.
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