I am a big time snacker, big time. I don’t know why but I have never been a person that can make dinner and not snack the entire time I am making it. I hate that I do that but for some reason I just can’t stop. There have definitely been times that dinner is ready and I am not really hungry anymore because I have snacked so much. Yet I still will eat dinner so yeah, can we say over eating going on over here. I don’t know why I do this but a big part of it might be that I usually wait until I am starving before I start to make dinner.
This is not a trait that I want to pass on to my daughter so I have tried to come up with a solution to this problem. My mom once told me that while she was growing up my grandma would put a bowl of peas and carrot sticks on the table while she was making dinner. Then the kids could snack all they wanted and they were eating their veggies and not ruining their dinner. I thought this was genius and figured if it worked for them why wouldn’t it work for me?!?
So 99% of the time now while I am making dinner I first pull some veggies out of the fridge. Carrots are my absolute favorite. Baby carrots are good but a big carrot that is peeled and eaten whole, that is my fave. If I have some carrots or mini peppers or celery in the fridge I just make sure I have some of them prepped and sitting out on the counter and then I snack on them instead of whatever it is I am making. It’s a win win situation. I get to snack and make sure I get my servings of veggies in for the day and don’t ruin my dinner. Because I don’t know about you but I have no problem eating enough fruit during the day but I struggle with veggies. Not because I don’t love them, they just take a little more effort. This is something I will definitely continue doing. Rob and I eat more veggies and it will be something Olivia will grow up having as part of her life so hopefully she will love veggies too!