I’m confused as to why the doctor is protesting giving your daughter peas and corn if he wants her to eat more complex carbohydrates. There are two types of carbohydrates. They are simple carbohydrates (sugars) and complex carbohydrates (starches.) Each of the two types of carbohydrates can further be divided into two forms, natural and refined. Peas and corn are both natural starches.
When the body digests food, all carbohydrates are converted into glucose, a type of sugar that the body can use as energy. Natural carbohydrates provide the longest source of energy because the glucose is released into the bloodstream slowly. Vitamin, mineral and fiber retention is also better with natural carbohydrates. Fresh fruits and fruit juices are examples of natural sugars (simple carbs). Some good sources for natural starches (complex carbs) include the following: whole-grain breakfast cereals, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, potatoes, oatmeal, barley, lentils, bananas, peas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, and root vegetables.
Proteins are building blocks for the body and aid in growth. Complete proteins are found in meat, poultry, and fish. Beans, eggs, nuts (generally not to be given to children under the age of 6, but if there isn’t any allergy creamy peanut butter is a good source), and tofu are also good sources of protein. If your daughter is picky about eating meat, the body is capable of making complete proteins by combining certain types of foods. This is how vegetarians get enough protein. Non-animal forms of protein are divided into 4 categories, dairy, nuts and seeds, pulses (peas, beans, lentils, and soy products), and grains. Some examples of combining proteins:
1. *Peanut butter sandwiches (using whole wheat bread is best) *only serve peanut butter if you know that your child doesn’t have a peanut allergy. Then, only serve the creamy variety of peanut butter. I’ve heard that nuts are usually not advised until after age 6.
2. Beans on rice (any kind of bean would work, black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans just to name a few)
3. Pea soup with toast
4.Cheese and Rice
5. Tofu and green peas (I pureed the peas and mixed with pieces of tofu. My son loves it!)
6. Pasta and cheese
7. Beans and vegetables
8. Tofu with fruit puree
9. Oatmeal and green peas
10. Yogurt and Oatmeal
11. Barley Cereal with milk
12. Cheese on rolled bread
I can certainly understand having to stick to a tight budget. Food is so expensive these days. I hope you can find some good ideas that will fit in with what you normally buy. Good luck! -D.