What could be better than peanut butter and ranch dressing? There are some foods that are rarely paired in cookbooks: bacon and syrup, cantaloupe and pepper, and honey and broccoli are just a few of them. While mommy offers up different fare for tasting, wee ones often find meal combos that please their young palates but make mama want to hurl. Many tots will dip most everything into a vat of ketchup — waffles, carrots, and green beans. My daughter's dip of choice? Ranch. The creamy white dressing has even made its way onto her peanut butter sandwich. It may sound terrible to us but if it gets the tot to gobble up his meal, who's to judge their tiny taste buds?
Don't be shy. Tell us what your child's strangest food combinations are in the comments!
Before baby arrived, mama may have occasionally skipped dinner or even resorted to a liquid diet at the local happy hour. But when there's a wee one in the family, mommy's schedule shifts and often, so does her eating habits. Pregnancy usually kicks a woman's bad eating habits to the curb, giving her a head start on better food choices. When her child reaches the 6-month mark and starts eating solid foods, mum may find herself eating better than ever before. If she's making her own babe's pureed broccoli, chances are she's nibbling on the crowns, too and upping her own folic acid and iron intake.
Did you start eating better once you became a mama?
Several days ago, I was one of a party of eight to enjoy lunch at an acclaimed new restaurant in town, RN74. For the most part, my dining companions and I all ordered different things, and even though I'd never met any of them, we had no qualms sharing our courses and even swapping plates.
"There are two kinds of people in this world: sharers and keepers," one of my fellow diners astutely remarked. I thought she was absolutely right — and was grateful that everyone at the table happened to be a plate-sharer. At a restaurant, which one are you?
Yesterday, while reviewing Cape Cod Popcorn, I admitted I was a huge snacker with more than a few downfalls — one of them being weightless, fluffy, crunchy popcorn. Are you a big snacker, or do you only eat meals?
A recent study conducted in three university dining halls found that women changed their food choices depending on the gender of their companions.
When eating one-on-one with a guy, the girls ate foods that contained significantly fewer calories than when eating with female companions. The study found a couple more examples of behavior worth noting that were published in the journal Appetite:
Overall, group size was not a significant predictor of calories, but women's calories were negatively predicted by numbers of men in the group, while the numbers of women in the group had a marginally significant positive impact on calorie estimates. Men's calorie totals were not affected by total numbers of men or women.
I found this fascinating and am wondering if you find these behaviors true for you.