Nancy Walker's


Healthy Eating, Vibrant Living!

Welcome to all of my new subscribers.  I hope you find these newsletters to be helpful, informative and fun.  If you are a mother, you may enjoy the poem our pastor read to us today at church.  It really spoke to my heart and I hope it does yours also.


Do You Have Picky Eaters?

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 salads.  (I 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 tabletop harmony.                    

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