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Top 10: Favorite Food

February 13, 2012 — Leave a comment
I heard so many stories of children who were either picky eaters or never wanted to eat their vegetables. I am so thankful that my little one not only loves his veggies but he actually enjoys them more than fruit! Parenting has no road map and every child is different so you never know what kind of eater you will get. Here is my top 10 list of foods that I never thought my child would love but does!
  1. Avocado 
  2. Squash
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Almond milk
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Kale
  7. Prune juice
  8. Peas
  9. Broccoli
  10. Bell pepper

What food does your child love that you never thought they would?

Photo Credit: Naotake Murayama

I can not believe that Christmas is Sunday! That got here so fast. Christmas time is where a lot of family traditions are carried out. For example, a big Christmas dinner, wrapping the gifts, making special Christmas shopping trips as a family and much more. What I didn’t realize was just how much some of our traditions impact the world around us. Think about all the special shopping trips we make instead of doing it at once, wasted food, and the trash from our gifts (packaging and gift wrap). It all adds up and it’s crazy just how much it increases just Thanksgiving to Christmas, 25% more waste! There is no need to stress or turn your back on any family traditions. If we all just make some simple adjustments then we can enjoy our family traditions each year without harming the environment. Check out my Green Holiday tips at Green Oklahoma.

Photo Credit: Stephen Jones

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” Jim Davis

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I know a big concern for me as a mom is making sure that my son gets the right nutrition he needs. I have been lucky so far, Eli loves vegetables┬ámore than any other food! Seriously! He will eat veggies over fruit any day. I know that is rare and I am so thankful that getting him to eat his veggies is not a difficult task in our house. But, for those who have veggie hating kiddos, don’t give up! I have a lot of friends whose children have learned to love their veggies the more times they get them to try it. There was also a little secret that I learned from a few friends and that is masking the veggies. If they can’t see them then they wont know they are there, right? It’s true! That is one reason why I loved the quote from above, it made me laugh because it is true. Even though Eli loves his veggies we have still made some meals with a certain veggie in it and he ate it as if it wasn’t any different. The same is also true for my husband. He was never really a big vegetable eater growing up, he liked corn and green beans. After becoming vegetarians he didn’t have a choice, he couldn’t just live off of those two vegetables for the rest of his life. He has actually learned to love all kinds of vegetables that he never thought he would have. Most the time now when I make a meal he doesn’t ask what it is until after he has eaten it and decides if he likes it, then he asks what it was. So far, it has worked great!

Two meals I can think of in particular are homemade “meatloaf” and sweet potato pancakes. The meatloaf was a bean,rice and carrot meal that was shaped and tasted like a real meatloaf. Sweet potato pancakes are just that, sweet! Just add one mashed sweet potato and a teaspoon of nutmeg to your pancake batter, it’s as easy as that! Eli loved both meals and so did my husband! When we ate these two different meals they had seconds both times. I know that I don’t have experience yet with an older child refusing to eat something, but it never hurts to share ideas. When I hear of a good idea I love just passing it along to more moms, after all we are supposed to be supporting each other! One day I might have to be asking for more tips for picky eaters but either way, my friends will be there to give me tips that have worked for them!

 

The idea of “going green” is a big task and a little overwhelming. But, it is something that I am passionate about. One thing in particular that I am passionate about is helping people realize that the most simple changes made make a big difference in the long run. You don’t have to drive an expensive eco-friendly car or have a new expensive house built that is more eco-friendly to help the environment. While those things make a difference they are not the only way. Taking the transition one step at a time and starting off with the things that we do immediately make just as much a difference for our own health and the Earth. For example, washing clothes in cold water cycles reduces the amount of energy we use and still gets the clothes clean, plus saving money on our bills. There are tons of simple and easy things that we can do take make a difference without turning our lives upside down over night… its one step at a time. I have written an article as a guest blogger for Green Oklahoma on Tips for Transitioning to a Green Life, check it out!