My name is Elaine Studdert and I’m thrilled to be writing the House of Bedlam column at Lohud. I’m a stay-at-home mom to three rambunctious little boys who are my sous chefs and taste testers. I believe the more time I can get my kids in the kitchen the more they will appreciate and enjoy eating healthy food. My blog, House of Bedlam, chronicles our eating adventures as I cook different dishes for the boys and get their unedited opinions of my recipes.
Here’s my first post for Small Bites, just in time for back to school: The ABCs of the Lunchbox.
Prior to motherhood, working in the fitness industry, I’ve always been conscious of healthy eating. But not until I had kids did I really pay attention to what’s in our food, how it’s grown, and become aware of just how much processed food we eat in this country. The more I learn, the more I am driven to give my kids a healthy start and expose them to real food, not food from a box that sits for months, sometimes years, on a supermarket shelf.
My kids, like most others, if presented with broccoli and mac and cheese, would pick the mac and cheese every time. But after years of persistence, experimentation, and recipe creation, they also enjoy broccoli once in a while too. And I no longer have to bribe them to try it. We’ve added lots of vegetables to our repertoire; snap peas, cucumbers, mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower and even Brussels sprouts! It’s been a process, and not always a fun one, but Rome was not built in a day.
Since I started blogging about our food journey, I’ve learned a lot about teaching my kids to eat a healthy diet. I’ll be sharing tips, tricks, and recipe ideas that have worked at our house. I’ll also be getting out of the house and exploring food in our local community. Eating out doesn’t always have to mean chicken fingers and fries, and we have amazing options here in Westchester.