Task of getting to grips with greens

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In an ideal world my daughters would have a healthy and balanced diet every single day.

As night falls I would feel happy knowing they would have consumed just the right amount of vitamins and nutrients for their growing bodies and minds.

When I did a bit of research into the importance of a good diet in children I was left more bamboozled than before and wish I had never looked in the first place.

Some advice websites were telling me how important it is to start their journey of healthiness young otherwise they will grow up overweight and unhealthy and contribute towards a worldwide obesity epidemic.

Hold on a minute, I thought, I only wanted a bit of dietary information and now I’m thinking I should empty the biscuit barrel into the bin and replace them with carrot sticks.

According to one website it is vital that children eat their vegetables and it is your parental responsibility to make sure it happens. Talk about pressure.

Apparently fruits like oranges and apples are rich in vitamin C which will help boost their immunity.

After they’ve polished off the fruit and their bodies are ready to fight off any disease or infection that comes their way it’s time to move onto the green vegetables like broccoli or green beans.

These are required for the magnesium inside which will help with muscle and bone growth. But it doesn’t stop there. Once the main course of green has disappeared, it’s time for dessert.

This is where we take a leaf out of Popeye’s book, literally, with some tasty spinach for iron – important for healthy blood cells to form.

Then if they are still hungry they can have a portion of eggplant, full of healthy nutrients. Firstly I don’t think I’ve ever seen, touched or purchased an eggplant and wouldn’t even know what one looked like and secondly, as any parent will tell you, it’s just not that easy – especially when it has been a tough meal time with food all over the floor. It would be so easy to give in and feed them turkey drumsticks and chips every night, but of course that would be very wrong.

There are some vegetables that my daughters will eat and there are some they won’t even touch. But I’ve also read that it takes more than 12 attempts for a child to know whether they like a food or not. Not entirely sure I believe this as it only took one attempt for my girls to realise they like chocolate biscuits.

But I’m happy knowing that one night they might eat pizza and chips for their dinner but the next it’ll be a cottage pie packed full of those vitamin and nutrient-rich veggies.

I just need to tell my youngest Alyssa that munching on grass from the garden doesn’t count as one of her five a day.

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Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs on earth. It is also, at times, one of the most exhausting jobs on earth.

Thankfully though, any negatives are outweighed a million times (and more) by all the positives that my children give me.

But if you’re a parent, you will know how important it is that you have 
some wind-down time away from the kids.

This can be something as simple as putting the lock across the bathroom door and lying in a steaming hot bath. Of course my ‘bubble bath for men’ makes this experience a bit manlier.

But annoyingly my (manly) bath time and chance for a bit of peace and quiet has been hijacked. You see, I live with three females; my partner Serena and my two daughters and the site of a fresh hot bubble bath is just far too tempting for them.

By the time I get in the water there are no bubbles left and I’m left fishing out bath toys.

Lesson learned; When it comes to the bathroom it is strictly female territory, woman take priority over men.

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