Yellow-Orange is a Food Group

7 Feb

Mac-n-cheese with bacon (or is it beef jerky?)

If grocery stores really wanted to make things convenient for mothers, they would create an aisle containing all the foods that are yellow or orange in color.  Ever since the boys were little, I realized the things they love the most fall into this description.  Corn, fishie crackers, saltine crackers, tortilla chips, potato chips, vanilla wafers, french bread, garlic bread, bananas, oranges, carrots, macaroni and cheese, cheese cubes — really almost anything with cheese on it.   The same really kind of goes for drinks too.  Apple juice, lemonade, orange juice (except mine are weird and don’t drink orange juice).

In fact, when I am making a new dinner entrée, I purposefully put something from the Yellow-Orange food group on the plate.  Then I feel assured that they aren’t going to starve and something will be eaten.   The same rule applies when you are eating out:  french fries, tater tots, chicken nuggets, chicken strips, grilled cheese, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, fried cheese, cheese pizza — they are all things that are pretty much universally accepted by kids.  Weird, isn’t it?

I know there are some kids that are truly anomalies and will actually eat things that are green or red.  I am not sure why we don’t hear more about these kids on Barbara Walters or Nightline’s Person of the Week.  Because really, if you are honest as a mother, it has NOTHING to do with your bending the will of that child.  That child is just super-unique.  Not to say that my kids won’t eat some green or red things, it is just that majority of what they choose or prefer is Yellow-Orange.

Even the tricks we try as parents to get our kids to eat ‘healthier’ often work against us. Cover something with cheese, like broccoli or cauliflower — you’ve just changed it from a vegetable into a member of the Yellow-Orange food group. And even then, the kids aren’t fooled.  Fry something – it is now in the Yellow-Orange food group.  Seriously, you can’t force a kid to like something.

I’ve found as my beasts have grown, Yellow-Orange remains a staple, but new things do get accepted into the palette.  Lately, the favorite new food group is beef jerky.  In fact, just this weekend, my elder beast added some jerky crumbs to his ramen noodles.  So weird. But no way was I going to begrudge his choice.  I was just grateful he made his own afternoon snack.  Oh yeah, ramen noodles.  They are in the Yellow-Orange family too.

Parenting Tip:  Always serve one thing you know everyone will eat.

[1 Cor. 6:13  You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it as we wish. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!]

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  1. Quantity, not quality « Bringing Up Beasts - February 18, 2013

    […] mass quantities and in a minimal amount of time.  I’m always finding containers of empty fishie crackers, nilla wafers, chex mix, chocolate milk or beef jerky (of course) left behind like a stripped carcass just after a […]

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