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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 ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” Daniel 10:3 (NIV) 

The other day I finished a 21 day fast from sugar. Many people including staff from my church, LifeChurch.tv were doing a Daniel fast. Since I am already vegetarian that particular fast is relatively close to how I already eat besides the dairy, grains and sugar. So I decided to cut out the most challenging thing for me… sweets and that included sugar in drinks. I have always loved my desserts, especially ice cream (a major weakness for me!). This past month I had fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast or dessert if I was really craving something sweet and they were SO delicious and healthy too! The fast really helped me to see how much we truly do not need yet think that we do. I don’t need to eat sweets, especially every day but our minds can think otherwise and easily talk ourselves into having more than needed. And this is true in areas beyond just dessert, our minds can easily fool us into believing that we need more than we ever really do in so many areas… cars, types of houses, clothes, etc. My church starts every year in January with this fast (or a modified version) to start your year off fresh, cleansed and renewed physically and spiritually. It is such a great way to start each year off, the new things God teaches me or even just reminds me of are worth each day of the fast! If you haven’t ever done a fast consider starting with the Daniel fast, God truly does speak when we are depriving ourselves of things that are precious to us!

Photo Credit: Shimelle Laine

“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 more 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!

 

Knitting The Change

October 31, 2011 — Leave a comment

 “Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life.” Proverbs 8:32 (MSG) 

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves? Self-discipline with all of them came first.” Harry S. Truman

This past weekend at a Halloween party I was talking with a friend about crocheting. It then brought me to talking about my knitting projects. I taught myself how to knit a few years ago. I get started and then eventually after a while I stop and never finish the project. I don’t know why I do this because I honestly do enjoy doing it, although I have wondered at times if I am still doing it right! I turned 25 earlier this month and with that I made a 30 before 30 list. One of the items on there was for me to start and FINISH a knitting project. I gave myself five years, I would think that I could accomplish this goal in that time. I did get inspired today on Pinterest when I saw a knitted coffee cup sleeve. It’s eco-friendly, small and would work for my completed project. I guess only time will tell!

My husband was reading this book called Quitter. While he was reading it he mentioned one of the points in it and it has really stuck with me, discipline begets discipline. Wow! I hadn’t really thought of that. You are always taught growing up to be disciplined, hard-working and so on. But, did it ever occur to you or were you ever told that the way to do this is practice? Think about it… if I want to be disciplined in a certain area of my life, say working out regularly. It won’t happen just because I want it to. It will happen when I start to make discipline a part of my everyday life… getting up on time, a schedule for the day, a budget for our home and so on. People do not make changes over night because it’s a good idea, the changes that they make are because they were already disciplined enough to make those changes and they stuck! Think about all the times people go on “diets” but only last so long before breaking it. Its easier and more successful to make a lifestyle change with how you eat than to diet.

This idea of discipline brought me back to my silly little knitting project. In general I feel that I am a pretty disciplined person, we have a budget, I am a vegetarian (as a way of life, not diet), I work out and my son and I have a great routine daily. But for some reason I can’t seem to find the discipline to sit down and do something I actually enjoy long enough to complete the project. Perhaps I need to make a more conscious effort. Go ahead and ask me in a few days if I have done any knitting. I’ll be honest, and I hope the answer will be yes!

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo

“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” Deuteronomy 10:14 (NIV)

It’s Monday and at my house that now means Meatless Monday. What is Meatless Monday? It is a movement that pledges to eat no meat or cheese one day a week (Monday). I first heard about this when I got an email update from the Environmental Working Group, which is the site that I found all the information about safer cosmetics. What caught my attention was this statement they said, “If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.” That is amazing! The more I read, the more I liked what I was reading. The less meat you have in your diet not only the healthier you are but also it cuts your chances of chronic diseases. Think about it… there are plenty of hormones in the meat these days. I already knew this though about your health and meat, what I did not realize was the impact it had on the environment. We can cut our carbon foot print just by avoiding meat once a week and having less meat that is wasted when we cook. Fertilizer, pesticides, toxins, hormones and more are all contributing factors to the meat making process and by cutting it out once a week we help the environment. Making green choices doesn’t have to be drastic or expensive. Yes, some are. But, something as simple as one less day a week we eat meat is something we all can do. Making choices for ourselves and our families that are healthier and green is something that gets me excited and I just had to share it with you. I get excited each week to try a new recipe, last week we had tofu tacos… amazing! This week we are having tofu and artichoke hearts with pasta. What is your Meatless Monday meal?

Tofu Tacos:

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Taco shells

1 Package of extra firm tofu

Taco seasoning

1 Table Spoon Olive Oil

Directions: cook tofu in olive oil about 5 minutes. Mix in taco seasoning. Garnish with your favorite taco toppings… minus the cheese!