Saturday, March 7, 2009

2009 Goals: Hurray!

I wanted to share my great news with all of you - my blogging friends. Especially those of you who are working on helping your kids to eat healthier foods. I posted earlier this year about my healthy eating goals for 2009. One of the goals was to decrease the amount of processed cold cereal our family eats and start making more hot cereals for breakfasts. It started out a little rough with my 4-year-old especially, but since then we've had a complete turn around!

I now feed my family oatmeal (or other homemade cereal) 3 days a week, I cook another kind of breakfast 3 days a week (waffles, pancakes, eggs, etc.) and we have cereal every Sunday morning before we go to church. Today was a non-oatmeal day and I asked my four-year-old what he wanted for breakfast. He said, "Oatmeal with peaches! My favorite!" I had to smile. It's only been 3 months and he's gone from not wanting to touch the stuff to wanting it even on the off days! So there you go! This is possible! Children and adults (even the pickiest) can be taught to enjoy healthy food!

By the way, since we've stopped eating as much cold cereal we've noticed a significant decrease in the amount of money we spend on food every month. It's crazy how much money cold cereal eats out of your food budget! I plan on doing a more detailed post about this in the future.


LeMira said...

My biggest problem in this area is my husband. I'm not sure I could get him on the oatmeal bandwagon. At least we succeed at dinnertime.

Heather said...

Yeah I agree. It seems like it takes adults longer to change than kids a lot of the time. I've always been the one in our family that's a little slower in the healthy breakfast area. I've never much liked oatmeal. When we were kids we had it all the time and I ate it. When I moved out and started buying my own food I never bought oatmeal because I didn't like it. Then when Brandon and I got married we bought it because he was used to eating it for breakfast every day. I still just ate cold cereal. It's just been recently that I finally realized that this is something I need to do for my family and for my own health. I eat it with my family three times a week, but I still can't say I enjoy it the same way I enjoy cold cereal. It's pretty good cooked in milk with sliced peaches and a little brown sugar. But I eat it because I know it's more cost effective, it's healthier and I want my family to be healthy.

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