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Smarter Mom: Creative Mealtimes

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I'm a pretty by-the-book eater. My kids, on the other hand? They will eat anything that appeals to them at any time of day. And it occurred to me the other day, when my son wanted pistachios and blueberries and my daughter wanted watermelon, grapes and cherries for breakfast that they're probably more on the right track than I am!

My son's favorite breakfast is peanut butter and jelly; today he asked for noodles. He's a horrendously picky eater, so if he will actually consume something that isn't 100 percent pure refined carb, he's likely to get it. My daughter is a much better eater, but she will often ask if she can eat the leftovers from the previous night's dinner in the morning.

And really, I am fine with that. Given my weakness for things like pancakes and waffles and pastry in the morning, they are getting a much better nutritional deal with their unconventional choices than they might get otherwise. And why is turkey and cheese on a tortilla, with pepper strips on the side, fine at noon but not at 8 a.m.? Eating "lunch food" for dinner or "dinner food" for breakfast is really better than a doughnut or syrupy pancake, from a nutritional and energy-maintaining standpoint. Right?

Do you prefer certain foods at unconventional times of day?

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I also love nutella on toast with banana and strawberries
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by Platinum Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

 i am fine with eating dinners leftovers for breakfast!

by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM
We do breakfast for dinner, and have eaten leftover dinners for breakfast ;)
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by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I don't have any certain time of day I eat anything...

by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

My hubby and kids love breakfast for dinner.

by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM
we do foods at any time
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by on Aug. 10, 2012 at 3:40 AM

 yes, as long as its healthy i let my daughter pick her meals...unless its a big breakfast or dinner(usually i pick dinners)...its easier to get her to eat this way...LOL

by on Aug. 10, 2012 at 3:41 AM

 ...although i do have a rule that she must eat 6 fruits a day, and however she chooses to do that is fine with me.

by Jenny on Aug. 10, 2012 at 3:41 AM
I'm easy. I'll eat whatever, whenever, for the most part.
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