General chatter - What did you eat as a kid? (pics inside)

05-01-2012, 11:21 AM
Here are some of the foods I ate as a kid free lunch as a kid-so lots of Guida chocolate milk, canned peaches, chicken nuggets w/ bbq sauce
Bread...slathered with butter, sprinkled with sugar
Condensed milk
My dad used to dip chopsticks in honey and give it to me
I used to feel so embarassed that I hated pizza day because the dough was uncooked but everyone else liked it so I pretended to too lol. Its not until now that I am OK with having different tastes...altho I crave that pizza now for some reason.
My mother was never taught how to cook and my father only knew his cooking from a Chinese restaurant, so I grew up also eating the dishes that they would serve to customers- roasted duck, fried chicken, red color pork (chai siu...?), and buttery pastries.

05-01-2012, 11:51 AM
I'm not sure what that last thing is, but it looks pretty good!

Those school lunches are interesting.....


05-01-2012, 11:57 AM
I'm not sure what that last thing is, but it looks pretty good!

Oh me too! I wanna eat that for my breakfast right now! Om nom nom!

05-01-2012, 12:07 PM
Oh man Asian bakery goods. Nothing good can ever come of that.

When I was a kid I ate Kraft mac and cheese and Pasta-Roni for breakfast - like a whole box. I'd go out to dinner and my go-to would be fettucine Alfredo or some kind of giant pasta dish. I drank a big cup of Sprite before bed every single night. I distinctly remember eating more than everybody else.

05-01-2012, 12:41 PM
I recognize the Danish Butter cookies in the firs pic, we had those at Christmas in hampers all the time. They sold them year round but my mom never really bought them.

We ate sweet white bread with butter or jam, fried ripe plantains with fried potatoes and ketchup, Milo (a chocolate, malt sort beverage that is fortified with everything on the planet) or Ovaltine with milk and sugar, Scottish shortbread cookies, plantain chips, boiled peanuts, sugar canes, sausage rolls, crisp fried dough, steamed or fried bean cakes, Ribena (heavy on the concentrate light on the water) although that went for all squash-type drinks.... And these were just the snack type foods... We never had soda though, only on birthdays and Christmas...

05-01-2012, 12:49 PM
I definitely remember that last cream puff pastry all too well. My mother and I shared a mutual love for asian bakeries when I was younger...

I once ate a jar about three times this size in one sitting and my father reamed me out in front of the whole family.

A summertime staple for me, back in the day

05-01-2012, 01:00 PM
I ate lots of mac and cheeses with cut up hotdogs inside. Hot dogs with baked beans, grilled cheese sandwiches made with Velveeta and such for summer lunches. During the school year, it was whatever the cafeteria lunch was.

Dinners were a mix of things - tuna casserole, spaghetti, fried potatoes and pork chops and canned veggies, chili.

I was a child of the 70s in the midwest. It also meant in summer a lot of fresh veggies from the garden.

05-01-2012, 01:30 PM
i grew up with my family on an alaskan homestead far away from all big cities....the nearest "town" had about 800 ppl in it and that was a 60 mile drive away...we ate alot of what we grew, what the neighbors gave us, and what could be shelf-stable for a long time...once a year we made the 7-hour drive to the biggest alaskan city, anchorage, and stocked up on everything else...

mom cooked all our food as we stayed on the homestead and were home-schooled by worked in town 60 miles away and was gone for the whole week, home on weekends...we ate mac n cheese, fried egg sandwiches, rice and beans, liver and onions, lettuce, fresh potatoes and ketchup, treats from town like ice cream and sugar daddy candies...i remember eating the sugar daddies and also mom giving us some frosting for a treat....chocolate frosting on graham crackers....we ate lots of beans that mom soaked overnight...

and FISH...So Much fished every chance he neighbors gave us lots of fish from their fishwheels...anyone know what a fishwheel is? lol....we smoked salmon, baked it, grilled it, froze it to eat during the winter....i dont remember mom doing any canning though...fresh-caught wild alaskan salmon was a staple for us

05-01-2012, 01:39 PM
When I was 5 I used to make Kraft cheese slices and mustard on bread for breakfast haha sooooo good when I was 5....sooooo disgusting now!

05-01-2012, 01:47 PM
We always have a box of those Danish biscuits around Christmas too. I remember eating all the pretzel sugar ones and then looking underneath the first layer for the rest. Then I'd move onto the horse shoe ones. Yum yum.
For dinners we ate a lot of sausages with pasta and a generic tomato sauce. With a (not so) healthy layer of cheese on top. Yum yum.
I could sit and eat these all day... it's dangerous to let me near a multipack of crisps. Dangerous I tells ya!
Sugar on toast as a treat.

This thread is making me so hungry :D

pixellate: that pastry looks delicious.

05-01-2012, 02:00 PM
We didn't eat a lot of packaged foods as a kid and my adult foods weren't much different than my kid foods.

Things from the garden (ours, neighbors, family)
Zucchini, lots of zucchi, in many, many ways. Zucchini bread, zucchini sauteed and sprinkled with cheese, etc.
Pumpkin (pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread)

The one thing that we had that was special was probably homemade cinnamon rolls that my mom used to make.

05-01-2012, 02:08 PM
My mom always cooked every meal from scratch for us but I ate SO much of it. Also, just because it was cooked from scratch, doesn't mean it was incredibly healthy!

My downfall was when I started to spend some time at friends houses. I ate tons of velveeta, mint chocolate chip ice cream, cakes, cookies, etc. My naturally thin friend stayed thin no matter what. I blew up like a balloon. :P

Only Me
05-01-2012, 02:16 PM
I ate lots of mac and cheeses with cut up hotdogs inside. Hot dogs with baked beans, grilled cheese sandwiches made with Velveeta and such for summer lunches. During the school year, it was whatever the cafeteria lunch was.

Dinners were a mix of things - tuna casserole, spaghetti, fried potatoes and pork chops and canned veggies, chili.

I was a child of the 70s in the midwest. It also meant in summer a lot of fresh veggies from the garden.

I'm not from the midwest, but otherwise had similar 70s meals. Now I'm craving beanie weanies. I'm almost tempted to go out and get some veggie dogs to see if that meal is as good as I remember. :) I still hate canned peas though. ;)

No school cafeteria though, so packed lunch was usually a pbj or bologna sandwich, pudding cup back when they were metal with a pull tab or cookies, and an apple.

05-01-2012, 02:21 PM
i definitely had a lot of these from the local deli:
BUTTERED ROLL, BABY. jersey/ny thing.

about a million of these:
i think they were like 25 cents each or something.

in high school..when i didn't worry about my weight and was somehow magically skinny this was my lunch every. day.
a giant pretzel. not just a giant pretzel, but a cheese product-filled giant pretzel.
lunch dessert, obviously
washed down with sugar, of course

don't get me wrong..i also ate spinach as a kid because i saw my dad & popeye doing it. bugs bunny also got me eating carrots. and i loved peas. mom would make cauliflower with cheese sauce. lots of homemade stuff too...calzones, hungarian goulash, kielbasa, baked chicken, etc...

05-01-2012, 02:57 PM
Breakfast usually was skipped, but if not, sugary cereals like Froot Loops, Capt'n Crunch, that reese's chocolate/peanut butter cereal, etc.

Lunch throughout elementary school was either a packed peanut butter & jelly sandwich or turkey and cheese sandwich, and packs of "fruit snacks"(sugary gelatin-based fruit flavored gummies), potato chips, pretzels.. etc. and Hostess Cupcakes or Twinkies or something similar. Sometimes we payed for the school lunches, which were stuff like chicken fingers, pizza, and hot dogs.

My mother worked and was usually too exhausted by the time she came home to want to cook, so dinner was often McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, Burger King, pizza..

When she did cook, it was really heavy stuff: chicken alfredo with lots of parmesan and heavy cream and white pasta, lasagna, chicken kievs that were LOADED with butter, ground beef tacos or burgers. Nary a vegetable in sight.

During summers and such when I had to fend for myself during the day, it was Kraft Mac & Cheese, frozen taquitos, grilled cheese sandwiches, canned soup, frozen pizzas.

Sometimes my mother made some of her infamous(I don't mean they were bad, they were really delicious, and really bad for you) desserts.. her chocolate chip cookies, brownies, blueberry cobbler, and so on.

And we always had packaged cookies, ice cream, and other such things in the house.

Drinks were Pepsi, Capri Sun, Sprite, Mtn Dew, chocolate milk, and sometimes fruit juice. I've been told a million times by my mother how mad she was at my father for putting Pepsi in my bottle as a baby(he thought it'd be funny) and I'm guessing that had something to do with why I refused to drink plain water all throughout childhood. And no, I'm not exaggerating.

The only thing out of this list that I still consume is the fruit juice, and that's as a treat! Oh, and I do make vegan versions of the desserts sometimes.

05-01-2012, 03:57 PM
Soda was a rare treat when I was a kid, and rarely kept in the house until I was a teenager. I can remember sitting in a restaurant for a special occasion or while traveling, and being allowed one small glass of soda to savor. I'd have to be careful not to drink it all before my meal arrived, or all I'd be left with was water, just like back home.

My mom refused to buy sugar cereals, but we could have plain old corn flakes and the like. When my grandparents visited, I'd con them into buying me a box of Lucky Charms. :D

My mom added a tablespoon or so of sugar to the mac & cheese sauce while cooking it, to make it "taste better." And it worked! I personally haven't bought the stuff in years because I'd rather not eat through a whole box in one sitting. :lol:

We had a lot of canned vegetables, typically green beans, corn, peas, or baked beans. We never had frozen or fresh. Not sure why we'd never have fresh outside of carrots or the occasional broccoli/cauliflower mix, but my dad thought frozen vegetables tasted "fake."

In elementary school, the very first and last lunch days were hot dogs. Every. Single. Year. Everyone seemed to enjoy the cardboard cheese pizza (including me!), and the bumstead sandwiches and "McRibs" (yes, they really called them that) were pretty popular with everyone. It was in third grade when we were first given the option to have chocolate milk (how do I remember these things?) and I always got regular milk.

At home, we'd often get Oreos, Little Debbies, donuts, cookies, saltines, Ritz crackers, etc. We'd have frozen pizza for lunch every for often, and occasionally got frozen dinners as a treat(!). Most candies and baked desserts were reserved for holidays, and we'd have cake for birthdays.

Our high school had the best chocolate chip cookies, but at $1 each it was a pretty outrageous price for the early 90's, especially since that was the same price as a whole lunch there. :lol: They started serving the option of pizza and fries every day (which cost 25 cents more than the regular lunch), so many kids literally ate pizza and fries every day. I remember having it often myself, and always regretting the way it made my face feel greasy all through my afternoon classes. :o Heh, if I knew then what I know now . . .

05-01-2012, 04:06 PM
My mom was a single mom who was in college, much of my food before jr high consisted of things I could cook myself... lots of mac and cheese, frozen spinach, spaghetti, hot dogs and sandwiches

once I was in jr high and high school we had meals that were alot more fresh and balanced, however i started getting an allowance and would use it to buy candy or soda or other junk

05-01-2012, 04:47 PM
One thing that really stands out for me is blonga, cheese, mayo & ketchup sandwhiches LOL. sounds do gross now ew!!

I liked crystal burgers a lot (all burgers with chopped onions. I can't remember if there's even any meat?)

chef boyardee
made a lot of pork chops (hate them now)
ate beanie Winnie's A LOT. straight from the can
Grilled cheeses w/ a slice of ham
egg sandwhiches

05-01-2012, 04:57 PM
High school consisted of mass amounts of black coffee all day, gum, blow pops, and once in a while real food.

I once spent a week eating one bag of skittles and one bag of hot fries. I lost 8lbs. Salty/sweet/salty/sweet. Lots of coffee in between.

Middle school was one bottle of Diet Snapple iced tea through the day and whatever my family ate for dinner - too much of it.

Elementary school: Home cooked meals, but too much of them. I loved ice cream and anything extra salty. I was so jealous of friends who got to drink soda (banned other than on weekends), and have those individual "kid's" snacks like Doritos and fruit roll ups. My lunches usually were: turkey and mayo on wheat, a fruit, a sandwich baggie with some unsalted chips, and money for milk. Boo! :o

05-01-2012, 06:33 PM
OMG linden's chocolate cookies were sooooo good. I remember I use to buy them in middle school.

05-01-2012, 07:14 PM
Also pretty much just a cheese sandwich for lunch every day at school. There were no school lunches. I think I was the only kid who didn't have chocolate/crisps/sweets in my lunchbox. Just a sandwich every day. We didn't have much money and I really think that this has something to do with my binging and overeating. I always remember feeling left out because of this and like I didn't have enough. Everybody else would eat their sweets at the 11 break and save their sandwiches for lunch but I didn't have anything else for the 11 break.

05-01-2012, 08:59 PM
I used to love fruits when I was a kid, especially oranges and apples. I do enjoy them now as well, but I prefer raisins and bananas, which unfortunately are higher in calories. My mom used to make home made chocolate, it was so delicious. I also really loved M&M's (not so much now) and french fries.

05-02-2012, 12:07 AM
Leilajay, I think that I can relate. My father grew up poor and he always commented that I lost weight, even if I didn't. Even now, I struggle not to eat way past hunger to clean my plate.

Some more foods I ate-
aaand I realized we were big customers of Keebler LOL
Oh and
I think I am living proof that you can raise a living (although likely unhealthy) person off of...well all this and Chinese takeout! haha I think people assumed I ate healthy because the traditional Asian cuisine can be healthy, but my parents only knew the restaurant version and my weight def showed it!