Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Kids eat the darndest things. Or maybe it’s just mine.
To our amazement, Jack loves broccoli. He opens his mouth as wide as it will go in an effort to get as much of that green stuff in at a time.
I mean, usually with new foods, especially healthy ones, we put them on his plate in hopes he’ll just eat them without question; eventually having to force him to take a few bites when he refuses.
But with broccoli, you’d think he’s eating cake and ice cream, based on the passion and speed he eats it.
That would be one thing. But in that same dinner when he first proclaimed his love for little green trees, he just as eagerly wolfed down some “all natural, organic, unsweetened” applesauce.” Utensil of choice?
A toy truck.
Yes, we provided a very cool giraffe-shaped spoon for him. But he made it clear to us that he preferred an old Matchbox toy truck, that was actually mine from the 80′s, to scoop (?) his applesauce up with.
It has become a regular occurrence, too.
But for some reason, Jack won’t use the truck as a utensil for other foods. Though I would love to see him try.
One thing’s for sure: I’m not going to prevent my kid from eating healthy food, even if, in theory, he should like it.
I’d much rather keep him under the illusion that broccoli tastes just as good as a Happy Meal. For what it’s worth, we already provide the toy with his meal anyway.
An all-you-can-eat broccoli buffet served alongside unsweetened applesauce and a toy truck as the utensil?
Many toddlers would turn down this opportunity, but as for Jack, he’s eating his fruits and veggies by the “truckful.”
(Ah, come on… Like you didn’t see that pun coming!)
Does your kid have a weirder eating habit than mine? I want to hear it!