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I got an awesome comment today from jharrisece on my Roni’s “They don’t know what’s in there” Pizza Sauce post today…

I tried your recipe and within a few days I had to make a second batch! With a picky 12 year old and even pickier husband (the 2 year old eats better than them!) this worked great, they didn’t even know what they were eating since it was put through the blender. I added some cauliflower and a red pepper to it and the second time around I used squash instead of zucchini. I added V8 juice to the second batch to make it into pasta sauce and that worked well too! It was so good that my picky niece was eating the sauce straight!

Thanks for all your great recipes. My 12 year old likes to look at the pictures and choose some to try. Next week it is the cupcakes!

Seriously, this makes me feel so good! I mean to know that some silly little idea I had to get more veggies in my niece has spread to other unsuspecting children (and husbands) makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. It really does. I mean I love showing others it’s not only possible to eat healthy but it tastes good!

I also love seeing my little guy eat the good stuff. Today I’m especially proud. This morning we had a fabulous breakfast together. The toddler had a cheese omelet, grapes and half a whole wheat English muffin with almond butter and blueberry fruit spread. Is that the breakfast of champions or what?

For dinner, I made turkey burgers on whole wheat English muffins. He ate half of one with a side of asparagus (seriously a 2 year old that eats asparagus, is that normal? LOL) and cantaloupe for dessert.

God knows what he had at daycare but when I have him eating like that at home I don’t worry about it as much.

So enough patting myself on the back, I just felt really good today (hence the title of the post) and had to share.


Morning Scale Reading:142
Food Points
whole wheat English muffin with almond butter and blueberry spreadable fruit 4
leftover Bell Pepper and Salmon Foil Packets and rice 7
grapes 1
light flavored yogurt with a handful of blueberries 1
carrots and pepper sticks 1
4 oz turkey burger (4) on whole wheat English muffin (2) with baby spinach leaves, tomato slices and sweet pickles a side of asparagus sauteed in a bit of olive oil (1) and some cherry tomatoes (also had a few bites of the toddlers burger (2)) 9
cantaloupe 1
WW chocolate ice cream cup 2
Watermelon Yogurt Ice 2
Totals 28
Daily Activity Log
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  • Michelle

    It does feel great to feed your kids (mine’s 5) the good stuff and have them like it! For me it’s such a part of what I’m doing – learning to eat right and exercise for myself (at 37) and for the little guy making it normal for him! You do a great job with your recipes and making things “family” friendly!! So often I find it’s the grown ups feelings about food not really the kids – if you put it in front of them a few times they’ll eventually try it and find it’s good too. Our rule is you have to at least try 4 bites (he’ll be 5 next month). Usually his response is “oh, you’re right mom, it’s good”.

    I’m going to definitely try the blueberry spread instead of syrup on the waffles and I’m going to order some of the Vitamuffin mix – the chocolate and the corn bread! Great job Roni, thanks for all of your time and hard work.

    Michelle B.
    Riverside, IL

    PS The pictures are a HUGE inspiration as well, Thanks!!!!

  • A

    You should feel good and proud! You have even inspired me to experiment with healthier foods and I live with the pickiest family in the universe!

    A

  • Amanda

    I get so many compliments when I make your recipes. And a 2 year old that likes asparagus is awesome! My 3 year old LOVES broccoli. He also loves your parmesan crispy baked tilapia. Part of the reason I try so hard is because of him. I want him to eat well his entire life. He comes home from “school” (daycare) and grabs grapes out of the fridge. I LOVE that!

  • MMalloy

    You should feel great about all that you do, seriously! I look back to a year ago and remember the horrible eating habits we had in our house. When I decided things needed to change I came across your site and realized how simple some of the changes could be.
    Today I am 20 lbs lighter and running marathons…I would have never thought.

  • Alisha

    One of the main reasons I started eating better is because I noticed my old bad habits creaping into my toddlers. Now it is so funny when we eat with friends or my parents and the whole family–my boys eat all veggies first and everyone stares….then they eat “regular meat” not frozen fish sticks or McD’s all the time, but baked fresh fish and baked or grilled chicken. It does make a mom happy when your children start to reflect the good habits. Now onto the bigger project….the hubby!! Thanks Roni for the ideas and everyday support. PS: LOVE the new fruits and veggie page!!

  • Emily Henderson

    Roni,
    I may not have a kid but I have a picky husband that likes most of his food fried or covered in cheese! However we have had GREAT success with many of your recipes- most recently finding 1 pt tortillas and making individual pizzas have saved us from having to make 1 pizza with different toppings on each side. Thank so much for your creative cooking ideas and motivational web site- you truely are a source of inspiration!

    Emily

  • lainb

    go ahead and pat yourself on the back some more!! what you do for your family (and others’!) is awesome! sometimes when i look at random ingredients on my kitchen shelf, i think “what would Roni make out of this?” but, alas, i never come up with anything as creative as you. :) thank you!

  • Michelle

    Thank you for all you do for us!!! I bet you never realized your “mission” in life would be to inspire and motivate hundreds of people to become better and feel better about themselves. Well done Roni. Well done!

  • Anonymous

    Roni,
    I read this article this afternoon and I thought of you!
    http://lifestyle.msn.com/familyandparenting/raisingkids/articlesc.aspx?cp-documentid=4895616

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  • Calyn

    You should feel good Iron Chef Barbie ;) You make great recipes, good and nutrious food for the LO and are an inspiration to all of us! Thank you for doing all you do!!! ((hugs))

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