Nutrition needs of granddaughters have not changed
A new baby is in our family. A few weeks ago our middle son and wife welcomed little Ella. She was a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long. We are so proud of all three of them.
Ella increases our blessing to three granddaughters. Grace and Marie are older and remind us of all the fun that we will enjoy as we watch all of our grandbabies grow.
While visiting with Grace and Marie, I am always surprised with the types of foods that their parents put in the refrigerator, cheese snacks and milk boxes and frozen juice to fruit puree in toothpaste looking containers. These items were not available when I was a child or even when my children were kids.
Today’s food supply and how it is packaged has changed with our evolving society. There are more convenient sources to choose from and buy. Time-saving items and kid-friendly packaging are popular with moms today.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Twenty years ago when my own children were in grade school I remember my son begging me to make oatmeal cookies. He asked me to put four cookies in his lunch each day.
Visions of my son sharing cookies at the lunch table warmed my heart. He is a caring soul and feeding others would not surprise me. But…..
I learned the real truth one day when his friend revealed that my cookies were the best. I smiled as I offered to send more to school with my young son. The small boy replied, “Oh no, don’t do that, I only get one pack of Twinkies from my Mom a day. I have nothing more to trade.”
So the story is remembered as my son’s first entrepreneurial endeavor. He was bargaining my healthy homemade cookies for multiple packaged treats. The same packaged treats that I refused to buy in lieu of a healthier alternative.
Needless to say, I resorted to putting one cookie in his lunch from then on. Today he is a very successful salesman and business owner.
The way foods are presented has changed. The content of those items have changed, too. The rules concerning what a body needs to remain healthy have not changed.
Daily fruits and vegetables are necessary to obtain valuable vitamins and minerals. Ella, Grace and Marie all need a variety of produce every day to remain healthy. Well, Ella is still less than a month old but when she starts solid foods, fruits and vegetables will be important.
Growing bodies require calcium and vitamin D. Milk is an excellent source of both. Although chocolate milk adds extra calories and satisfies the sweet tooth, the calcium and Vitamin D in chocolate milk is the same as white milk. I would rather see a child drink chocolate milk than none at all.
Of course, I will also make healthy cookies for my three beautiful flowers. I hope this story reminds my oldest son of his lunchroom tactics. Marie has a similar creative mind. Watch that girl, who knows what she bargains for at lunch.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at email@example.com or 330–684-4776.