Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Don't Forget to Smile Back

Recently, our family attended a gathering of So Cal families that have all either adopted from Ethiopia already, or are in the process of doing so. We have been meeting with this group for about a year now. It has grown a lot, and it is always fun to hang out with families that look like ours. In fact, this coming Saturday, we will be hosting a pool party and potluck for the group. At last count, we are expecting over 40 people. It should be a good time.

Now, I'll fully illustrate my ability to take a major segue...

While we were at the potluck earlier this month, I noticed a family was feeding their little one from a bag that looked like this....



Since Grace has a rather limited repertoire when it comes to food, and considers Goldfish to be a major food group, this piqued my interest. Who knew that this staple of most American toddler's diets could be found in a whole grain variety?! Now, I compared the nutrition labels on the good old fashioned Goldfish and this new variety. There aren't any huge differences. The 1st ingredient on the whole grain package was, of course, whole grain wheat flour. There was a little more fiber, and slightly fewer carbs in the whole grain snacks, and there was also a bit more iron. Other than that, the contents were the same.


Some might say, "If the two products are so similar, why bother switching? Even more important, why bother blogging about it?"

Well, here's the thing. My daughter is coming up on two years old. She has two teeth all the way in, one that just popped through the gums, and one that is on the verge. So far, there is no sign of anymore that plan to make their presence known in the immediate future. With this in mind, there are many foods that are hard for her to eat. This challenge is only added to by the fact that she HATES to be fed with a white, hot passion!!! You see, there are days that Grace feels adventurous, and finds that her parents are patient enough to cut everything into itty bitty, teeny tiny, minuscule bites. Then there are the other days. What's a parent to do? That's where Goldfish come in. She adores them. If my baby must have a vice, the least I can do is make sure it is as healthy as possible, right?

12 comments:

S&C said...

I know i lived off of goldfish and made it out alive. S still eats them ALL the time.
I wish we lived in the same state i want to come to the potluck!

Julie said...

Cool. Our kids were bumming the goldfish off of Grace for the last potluck. You gonna have the whole wheat ones for us at the next one? ;)

patjrsmom said...

Had I known then, what I know now, I would have bought massive quantities of Pepperidge Farms stock before I left the hospital with my first baby. ;-)
Jane

Carrie said...

Goldfish are popular around here too.

I had no idea they came in whole grain though. I'll have to check it out!

Louise said...

YUM YUM YUM....you can even find the mom at this house munching on goldfish!! LOVE the whole wheat ones...mmm!

Too Blessed to be Stressed said...

Nothing to do with goldfish =) BUT to respond to your comment on my blog - the fee to file the I 600 & get fingerprints is going up on July 30th this year :( Going up quite a bit (in my opinion!)

And yep India - did you miss that in my profile =)

Did Justin ever do anything "weird"?

Jennifer =)

Jennifer said...

I LOVE your new header! Your children are adorable.

I am so glad to hear that someone else in this world has an almost two year old with just a couple of teeth. My daughter is 20 months old and just cut her first two teeth last week. I am also glad to hear that there are other goldfish addicts out there. It sounds as if our two daughters would get along well... as long as they had their own bags of goldfish that is!

Jessica said...

Hey, I figure every little bit helps, if you can find something that is just a tad more nutritious, go for it!

Tiffany said...

Blaine,
I've been "lurking" on your blog a few times, and I have to break in and say that I love your title picture. Beautiful! And with two toddlers, I'll buy it if it says "whole grain." There could be no actual difference in nutrition, but somehow I then feel better about giving them crackers instead of fresh vegetables (which they won't eat anyway!) -Tiffany from the cafe list-
www.namastechild.blogspot.com

Emily said...

That might be one of the cutest pics that I have ever seen:) It is fun to read the stories of those that have gone before......

Susy Q said...

I just had to say that I LOVE the picture of your beautiful kids at the top! Too cute!!!!

fully operational battle station said...

I ALSO love the new header! Very extremely charmingly cute!

And I am relieved, in a very selfish way, that someone else also has problems getting their child to eat! Delaney acts like we are forcing poison down her throat AT EVERY MEAL! What child doesn't eat pancakes!

Now I'm all flustered.

Jamie