Friday, July 20, 2012

Eating Carrots in the Shower

[ebarrera], Flickr
That's right, you can say it, I'm weird. But it's not just me who likes to eat carrots in the shower, it's my two year old daughter, Philomena who started it! (I know, real mature to blame it on the two-year old, right?) She has this thing for eating raw baby carrots in the shower, while watching TV, walking around the theme park, playground, YMCA or in the shopping cart at the grocery store. The ironic part of this is that she refuses to touch a baby carrot if I put it on her dinner or lunch plate. Oh, and her and Blaise won't touch raw "adult" carrots either.

If those are the ways she likes to eat baby carrots, I guess I can't really complain because she's eating them! It's funny how children refuse to eat a certain food unless it is prepared or presented in a specific way that they like. Here are some of my children's funny food quirks:
  • Blaise won't eat homemade almond butter without it being a 50/50 split with valencia peanuts. I've slowly weaned the peanuts out and he finally likes straight almond butter (shh... don't tell him, he doesn't know yet - I just call it nut butter now).
  • Blaise won't touch celery unless it has almond butter and a couple raisins on it (aka, ants on a log). 
  • He has to choke down broccoli salad, but once I put a whole 10 or less raisins in it, he miraculously eats the entire meal as if it has been transformed!  
  • His fresh spinach salads usually need to have sunflower seeds, raisins and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. Yes, he is my picky eater, but the way I see it is that I can't complain, he's eating raw spinach salads.
  • Finally, he won't touch any form of milk (smoothie, homemade ice cream or straight) without it having a touch (literally 1 tablespoon or less) of my husband's grass-fed whey protein concentrate. It adds a touch of a vanilla flavor and now he is FINALLY drinking milk after years of trying so many unsuccessful methods (including bribery and yes, I did resort to begging a couple of times - don't judge).
  • Philomena won't eat baked sweet potatoes, but she will eat the skin or eat them as baked sweet potato fries.
  • She usually doesn't drink smoothies unless it comes from Michael's cup or eggs unless they are from my plate. Something about being ours just makes it taste better. I know you parents out there know what I'm talking about!

I'd like to say that I'm not a push-over of a parent, and I do make my kids finish a small amount of foods that they don't like before they are done with a meal (they are only 2 & 4). I also admit that there are certain foods that my kids just don't like that I wish they did. But as time goes by and they have eaten their "bites" of new foods that they aren't too fond of, their palates are finally adjusting to like the flavors. Philomena has always liked broccoli and celery, she's really not known anything else but fresh since she started table food, but it wasn't until these past two months that Blaise finally began to like them enough to eat a full serving. This makes me a happy mom :)