"I don't see a child consuming an entire can of garbanzo beans in one meal."
Hah, you don't know my kids. If I don't use two cans of garbanzo beans in the pilaf, believe me, I am not going to get more than ten beans, because they will eat. them. all. They will beg and beg and beg for our garbanzo beans and of course we cannot resist and they end up with their own beans and our beans.
I don't know why they love them so much, LOL. I looked at the vitamin content and our diet to see if it could be a deficiency but it doesn't seem so.
|I cooked my own beans instead of using canned.
Yes, I do this as well. Chickpeas are hard only because they are not always available dried. We live in a tiny town and I still haven't found a good source for organic beans and grains yet as I've been busy settling in. I did find organic chickpeas recently, dried. However I think they are as expensive as the canned chickpeas!
|That is a lot of money to spend on groceries.
It's actually not. We're just really poor right now. We spend less, dollar-wise, than is recommended for a family of our size, by the USDA. Like, $100 less. But we spend more, percentage wise, than most Americans, by like 200% (most people spend 10%, we spend 30%). I'm not going to post our exact after-taxes cash income, but if you calculate the numbers by the USDA, you can figure it out. It's not a lot.
I think we eat pretty darn well, all things considered. We make a lot of sacrifices for food, to have leafy greens every day, to buy thin-skinned fruits and veggies organic because I truly believe they are a necessity. We'd love to save more for retirement but this is worth it to us.
|"If your child goes to bed hungry, does he sleep well? Personally, if I don't eat enough in the evening then I wake up feeling famished at about 5 am."
She seems to sleep really well, but wake up early. Yeah, 5:30. She can eat breakfast then if she wants. The problem with a before-sleep snack has more to do with bedtime. With her, if there is a break in the routine she goes crazy. She has to re-test every associated limit and then that becomes the new routine. Because it's special. So for example one night, dinner was interrupted and I didn't sit long with them. I later noticed she'd hardly eaten anything. When she asked for a snack at bedtime, I let her get up and have some bread and milk.
Oh. My. Gosh. What a disaster. Then she wanted, of all things, to play Dinosaur Train videos. She wanted to sing loud. Couldn't fall asleep for hours. And every night after that for three months--THREE MONTHS! that's as long as it took to establish our bedtime routine in the first place--she wanted a bedtime snack. I mean literally three freaking months.
Now we do not have bedtime snacks
. They go to bed just two hours after dinner so if they don't eat bread at dinner when it's ending at 6:30, there's not a lot of time between that and the bedtime routine to have an additional snack.
So the after-dinner snack has been tried, and it was an epic fail.
|Being a bit hungry until your next meal or snack once or twice a week is not the end of the world.
Honestly, that's what I thought, but again, I realized that others must not agree if they do have kids who are getting alternate meals at several meals of the week.