Okay, I am going to admit it.
My name is Janna and I do not feed my kids organic food. Well, not very often. Maybe if there is a sale.
I don't even feed my children healthy food.
Okay, well maybe that's an overstatement. I do not like to cook. Maybe I would if I didn't work full-time, but somehow I doubt it. We have pizza (Freschetta frozen pizza, when it's on sale we stock up to save money) at least once a week. We tout this meal as a treat. We often don't have a vegetable with it (what goes with pizza? No clue. My kids are not salad eaters yet). I barely make a home cooked dinner. I do make my children eat a fruit or a vegetable or both with lunch and dinner (except for pizza)- but breakfasts are another story. I don't remember the last time I made breakfast for them. They have a couple of choices- cereal bars, Eggo waffles or Mini-muffins, with a banana as the fruit (for Jacob because Drew won't eat fruit in the morning.)
This morning- Drew had Cookie Crisp cereal. This was after copious amounts of whining because we were out of chocolate chip mini-muffins. Why not blueberry you ask? Because he doesn't like blueberries. That's fruit, yo. In a muffin. It's healthy food disguised as a muffin!
Before you judge, understand that I am in a losing battle with Mr. Bee. He has the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I have ever met. He starts jonesing when we are out of chocolate, I kid you not. When I was working retail and he took care of Drew on Saturdays and Sundays he gave Drew his first taste of chocolate, a peanut butter cup at age 18 months. My head almost exploded when I found out about said indiscretion with the sugar, I was so mad. It has been downhill ever since. Drew now has the biggest sweet tooth, and he especially loves chocolate too. I can't decide if this chocoholism is inherited or learned behavior. Probably a little bit of both.
I am also to blame here. My exhaustion over morning routines led to the horrible breakfasts that my family consumes now. I am only human and I have to get a 17 month old and a 4 year old ready and out the door by 7:30 by myself- My husband has already left for work before they wake up. I don't have time to argue about breakfast.
So in short I am ashamed. I have been trying to incorporate new fruits and veggies, making sure they have at least 2 or 3 a day and Drew is getting much better about eating vegetables (for a while he would only eat corn or broccoli). Mr. Bee is even making an effort, touting apples as "special treats" and cutting them up for everyone to share. It works most days. So it's not as if we AREN'T trying... but overall we are teh failure at getting our children to eat healthy.
You are welcome to comment with suggestions, but I warn you- if they are not easy suggestions I will not have time to implement them. That is unless they have come up with a fruit or vegetable that tastes, looks and smells like chocolate or you want to cough up the dough for an organic chef to visit our house. Sorry.
And yes, after work I will be running to the store for Non- organic- i.e. poison milk, non-organic ground beef (yes that red meat- I don't even know where I would buy organic meat where I live, we don't have any fancy Whole Food stores or the like) and-- cough-ahem- chocolate chip muffins. NO JUDGEMENT.
I would like to point out that Drew asked for candy sticks (I didn't buy them, he got them in a goody bag for a birthday party, I swear!) for breakfast. I told him no. I do have some limits.
Yeah, that's me shoving cake in Jacob's mouth. YOU WILL EAT SUGAR AND LIKE IT! Okay, yeah it was his first cake, on his first birthday... but it was just a warm up for the peanut butter cup afterward (I kid, I kid- It was Drew who had the peanut butter cup. Oh okay, no one had a peanut butter cup-that day, at least.See, now you feel better, right? )