Prior to this week we have not had much luck with Clara eating sandwiches. She tended to take them apart and did not each much of it at all. While we were in Oklahoma I found a heart-shaped sandwich cutter which I "had" to have. Well, I am glad I got it. She will eat almost an entire peanut butter and jelly sandwich when it is cut with the heart-shaped cutter. I think it seals it better and it is easier for her to hold onto without the crust. We also tried the Mott's natural applesauce but blueberry flavored and peach flavored. The kids LOVE these and they are all natural too.
We also really like Annie's Homegrown organic ravioli and also the spaghetti loops and soy meatballs. This way she can have quick "junk" food that isn't really junk at all. We have used the bunny grahams before but I wish we could find such good variety in the stores here. So far I have only found the loops and meatballs and cheesy ravioli. I need to run by the health food store and see what I can find.
This plate has the organic/natural cheese ravioli, natural vanilla yogurt, frozen peas, and frozen berry blend of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Clara likes peas but she does not like them frozen hard. She likes them after they have sat out of the freezer for a bit when they are cold but not hard. When I first heard of eating frozen peas I was kind of grossed out. Try them...they are yummy, cold, sweet treats!! The kids also LOVE CLIF Kid Zone bars to snack on. We have found them at Sam's Club. They are organic energy bars for kids.
Focusing on feeding the kids better has shone a glaring spotlight on what I do for myself. I am a full-blown diet soda addict and enjoy food so very much. I am trying now to make those good choices not only for my kids but for myself. As of today I have had NO diet soda and only had 2 yesterday before deciding to make better choices. Asparatame is such a horrible thing for you. I have known it for a long time. We are so stringent about no smoking and no drinking but yet I will drink 4-6 diet sodas a day. What kind of message is that sending?? I ask that you pray for me through this struggle. I know God is mighty and He can do anything, BUT God is also a gentleman. He will not just barge in and take control unless you ask Him too. I am asking that I can make the next "best" decision through Him and that I can hand this struggle over to Him!!
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