So, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, Christmas is coming (talk about stating the obvious, ha!) and that means it’s soon time to pig out on Christmas dinner. Yum! Except, sometimes Christmas dinner can be tricky if you have intolerances or allergies which prevent you from eating the usual festive foods.
I’ve had tummy trouble for the past year and have had to remove gluten containing foods from my diet. However, this gives me a Christmas dinner problem. Stuffing mixes contain gluten. Gravy usually does too. Ready to roast potatoes are often coated in flour. Ok, so you can make your own gluten free roast spuds, stuffing and gravy too. It’s not as convenient but it’s doable.
Whilst I love cheesecake, wine and chocolate, I try to eat healthy the majority of the time. When my boys were going through a fussy eating phase, it certainly helped for them to see me trying new things too. Only yesterday, my eldest was whining about eating some banana, “but I’ve already had fruit today, I had some at fruit snack” he whinged. He eventually had some more when I explained our bodies need fruit and vegetables and more than one each day.
Though whilst I try, sometimes it’s not easy. I’m always on the move, whether in or out the house. I’m always doing something so sometimes find myself running out of time to prep veg and cook a meal from scratch. So when Tesco Orchard contacted me about the new Tesco Beautifully Balanced range of frozen food I was interested to try it.
Way back in 2011, when Big Robot was 2 and Little Robot was just a baby, I wrote about Big Robots eating habits. He was, what some might call, a fussy eater and I certainly thought of him that way for a time. He fit all the right criteria. He started refusing foods he previously loved which began limiting the range of foods he’d eat. In addition he’d refuse to try anything new and, if you did coax him to try, he’d cough and gag with disgust as soon as he’d put the foodstuff in his mouth.
My eldest can be fussy with his food, he’s not too bad, it’s not like will be appearing on a TV documentary about kids that only eat crisps and custard creams any time soon. Though he’s often wary of trying new things. There’s even things he used to eat loads of he now won’t touch. Like pasta, he used to shovel handfuls of macaroni cheese in his mouth when he was a baby. He used to love covering himself in tomato sauce as he ate cheese tortellini too…he looked like he’d been Tangoed. However, now pasta of all shapes, sizes and sauces is totally ignored. He loves chicken but if it’s not got a coating of breadcrumbs he doesn’t want to know and has been known to throw a wobbly over it being a different breaded chicken product to what he’s used to…thankfully he’s lightened up on that these days.