This week I am changing up the "What I Ate Wednesday" post and instead, giving you what my four year-old son ate.
Though my husband and I eat fish and chicken a few times a week and occasionally eat beef, we have chosen to raise our children to be vegetarians. Neither of our kids have ever eaten meat. There are several reasons for this.
- It freaks us out when we see little kids (and especially babies) eating meat. Meat is a dead animal. We have no desire to let our kids eat dead animals, especially when our children are so young. I could see a child foraging on his/her own, picking veggies or fruits and even chewing on grains, but not grabbing a cow or chicken and gnawing on it. (However, we NEVER say anything to other parents about how they choose to raise their children or what they feed their kids.)
- Our four year-old son thinks meat is gross. When we have others ask him if he eats me he yells, "NO!" One day, after I told him how bread was made, he asked how to make meat. I can't describe the look on his face when I told him meat was made of dead animals. "YUCK!" He yelled. They may choose to eat meat someday, but we don't offer it to them.
- Our children have likely inherited our wonderful predisposition to heart disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. If they decide to remain vegetarians all of their lives, they have a greater chance of avoiding these diseases. Giving them a vegetarian beginning may help them live much healthier, longer lives.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins and orange juice.
For a snack, he wanted Louise and Kenny's Swedish Rye Bread with butter.
(Okay, so he just asked for bread and butter,
then he asked what kind of bread it was after he ate it.)
Matthew is usually too "busy" to eat lunch at noon.
Instead he eats at around 2:00pm.