I have recently been asked by
several moms for some direction and hints on how to get their children
to eat healthy. There really isn't
any complicated formula or tricks to help our children embrace their
fruits and vegetables. (See
the original post and answer by clicking here.)
In some areas, I still struggle with this in
our own family. Sometimes it's my
own weaknesses shining through and sometimes it's my children's
weaknesses. Salads have always been
a source of frustration and challenges in our family.
I did not grow up liking green, leafy salads.
In fact, it has only been in the last 5 to 7
years that I have really begun to love them and crave them.
For me, it took finding
the right kind of lettuce. Then
I discovered that leaf lettuces are very sweet and tasty - to MY taste
buds. Other people really love the
taste of Romaine, but I always found it bitter and would find myself
drowning the salad in dressings. When
I finally made the switch to red and green leaf lettuce I discovered
how much I truly enjoyed the taste of greens and how much less salad
dressing a good salad requires. I
also discovered the joy of creating a masterpiece
salad when I eat. A
salad isn't really a salad in my house unless it's topped with a very
wide variety of toppings. A few of
my favorite toppings are homemade pickled beets, beans, cucumbers,
shredded carrots, raisins, diced pears, leftover vegetables (roasted
green beans, roasted asparagus, broccoli, peas and corn to name a few),
sea vegetable flakes, ground flax seed, chopped walnuts and sunflower
seeds. My children have only
recently (within the last 2 months) begun embracing salads.
For years, we tried all kinds of lettuce,
toppings and dressings. It wasn't
until I thought about texture that I really found the solution.
After visiting with another homeschool mom,
I noticed that her kids readily ate salads - but they were chopped
wrote about this in my blog.) Between
chopping their salad and adding black olives and garbanzo beans to the
top, my kids are suddenly eating salads - and enjoying them.
Although our salad adventure took place
fairly slowly over the course of a few years, we have finally arrived.
If you are struggling with eating issues in
your house, perhaps the 9 tips here
might help you on your journey to
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