It’s a beautiful, terrifying day when your children start feeding themselves.
Not the hold-his-own-utensil, grasp-her-own-banana feeding. That’s unadulterated beauty. The terrifying part arrives when your kid is old enough to hop in the car, drive to the store and buy his or her own “food.”
Will a vegetable make its way into the cart? Will expiration dates be checked? Will Cool Ranch Doritos and Red Bull rule the day?
Hard to say. All you can do is arm your young shopper with the knowledge to navigate a grocery store in a healthful, budget-conscious way. Registered dietitian Jill Castle is here to help.
“Your main goal with teens is pushing them toward variety and helping them identify health-promoting foods,” says Castle, co-author of “Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School” (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $16.95), due out in April.s
In that spirit, she recommends imparting the following wisdom: