Sunday, March 2, 2008

A Prune a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Prunes are a must to keep Caroline regular. I (or she) discovered this the hard way today when we skipped our morning breakfast of hot cereal and prunes. Caroline eats hot cereal and prunes every morning either before she heads to school or, on days when oatmeal or cream of wheat is on the menu, for breakfast at school. This morning, we skipped the prunes and went to Mama Bear's cafe instead. Mama Bear's is in Old Town and serves as much local and organic food as possible. It is only a few miles from our house so we go there on a regular basis. I love Mama Bear's - good, strong Fair Trade coffee, fluffy pancakes, and incredible pastries. This morning, Caroline and I shared a big plate of pancakes and scrambled eggs. It was delicious. But as a result of skipping her prunes (or "poon" as Caroline calls it), Caroline had a stomach ache and was straining sporadically throughout the day. I'll try to remedy this situation tomorrow by giving Caroline her daily bowl of hot cereal and prunes plus a 1/4 cup of pearsauce. I add the prunes to the water before I add the cereal so that the prunes are super soft and melt into the cereal. This helps to keep them from sticking to her teeth.

Caroline's Lunchbox Menu, March 3: Breakfast - O's, pearsauce; Lunch - mac n' cheese, peas, carrots (MSU Student Organic Farm), Satsuma orange; Snacks - whole wheat graham crackers, sunflower butter, Ida Red apple (Almar Orchards)

Childcare Center Menu, March 3: Breakfast - white grape juice, Cheerios, Life, Rice Krispies; Lunch - baked mostaciolli, peas, carrots, bananas; Snacks - crackers, soynut butter

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