RANT: Your Kids Will Eat What You Do

If you’ve ever had a 12 month old, you know they want what you have.  They want your phone, your keys, your coffee.  The same is true at meal time.  If you’re eating chips, they’ll want chips.  If you’re eating salad, they are 100% more likely to explore the texture of your salad, than if they’ve never seen you eating greens.

I’m not saying broccoli will be their favorite food –especially if they’ve already had ice cream. But, I am saying if you’re eating healthy foods, they’re more likely to grow up eating healthy foods.

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When feeding your kids, the two most important things to remember are:

  1. KEEP TRYING. Kids may spit out tomatoes the first 9 times they try them.  But if you don’t keep trying, they’ll never get the nutrition their little brains and bodies need.  It takes 10-20 exposures to adjust taste. (This is true for adults too!)  Often it’s the texture, not the taste, they are repelled by.  Seeing healthy foods over and over, makes them more familiar. And familiar = comfort. Just keep trying!
  2. PACKAGED FOOD is devoid of nutrition and packed with harmful chemicals!  Packaged foods are made (in a factory) in mass to make money — not insure our kids’ health.  Food additives are linked to hyperactivity, tooth decay, childhood diabetes, obesity, learning disabilities, problems concentrating and depression. So do yourself and your kids a favor, make eating REAL foods a part of your family’s daily life.

 

Remember, your kids eat what you do. So eat how you should. Lots of plants, limit packages!

RECIPE: Loco for Coco Smoothie

Don’t let the greens fool you!

This sweet treat has no added sugar or sweeteners, but could be your favorite new dessert!

Try this guilt-free, gluten-free, vegan, all natural, sustaining blood sugar smoothie–you will NOT be disappointed.  loco coco smoothie

In a blender combine:
2 handfuls Spinach (or kale)
1 handful (~1 cup) ice
1/3 cup Coconut unsweetened
3 dates
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2-1 cup almond milk
Blend and Believe. (how delectable this simple, nutritious smoothie tastes)

RECIPE: Asian Slaw Salad

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Headed to a Yuletide gathering? The best way to insure there’ll be healthy options on the table, is to offer to bring a side dish! This helps the host and helps your pant size. Win, win!

In The South, people like slaw.  Not necessarily over the holidays; usually with BBQ, seafood, and picnics.  But trust me, this dish will fit in and any feeding affair!

While I fancy myself a Southerner, I actually never liked slaw (or Sweat Tea or Potato Salad, but don’t tell my Southern comrades!)

However, my best friend’s mom used to make an Asian slaw that was ‘Rah-dic-u-lous-ly’ good, at least as far as slaw goes.  It did include the both the noodles and the seasoning packet from an Oodles o’ Noodles bag–which at the time was a staple of mine.

Y’all remember those right? 99 cent packages of dried noodles in a variety of flavors, like “chicken” “beef” and “Oriental” .  They were pretty much all I ate in college, besides late night “Bull Whips” (which were just over-priced bread sticks from a nearby pizza joint, but that’s another blog for another day).

This recipe is a healthier version of Asian slaw with REAL ingredients inspired by the dear “Cindle Sue”.  Merry Christmas, Y’all!

asian slaw ingred

INGREDIENTS:

In a sealable container (preferably glass) combine all of the following

1 bag of organic broccoli and carrot slaw (I used Trader Joe’s organic slaw ~8 oz bag)

1/2 cup almond slivers or Sesame Seeds

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup

It’s better if served several hours after prep or the following day, to let the veggies absorb the flavors and marinate.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Keeps in the fridge all week!

RECIPE: Super Boost Smoothie

Do you find it’s hard to get going in the morning? Having trouble deciding on a quick but healthy breakfast option? Are you getting in your 5 fruits and vegetable servings a day?

This vitamin packed smoothie will accomplish all your goals in just a few gulps! The Super Boost smooth will blast your cells with the nutritional and healing components they need to function optimally, all day long!

Your kids’ll love it too!

 

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic carrot juice (you can use 2/3 carrot juice, 1/3 water if you prefer)

1 cup organic spinach

4 organic strawberries (leave caps on!)

3 organic cucumber discs

1 tsp Maca powder (optional)

1 tsp Plant Protein powder (optional)

4-5 ice cubes

 

You can also use frozen organic spinach and/or frozen organic strawberries in lieu of ice if it’s easier!

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RANT: Big Bags o’ Candy

Remember when ‘needles in candy’ were the big Halloween scare?

Now I find it frightening to see the pounds of Halloween candy that line the aisles of our already sugar laden grocery stores.

Did you ever have the neighbor gave out apples each year? I hated that.

I now want to high-five that neighbor.

We also had a dentist in our neighborhood that gave out toothbrushes, as a kid, I found that hugely disappointing….

Disappointment quickly forgotten once we found the neighbor next door wasn’t home and had left a large bowl of unchaperoned candy for the taking.

Years later, while in medical school, on Halloween night, I had run out of candy.  I turned of the porch light, which I believe is the universal sign for ” No more candy-I’m not home- I’m done for the night”.

Some pesky high schoolers continued to knock on my door, unrelentingly. I finally acquiesced, explaining through a cracked door, I was all out of the good stuff but  I managed to dig up some microwave popcorn and Big Red Chewing gum.  An exceedingly  altruistic offering, I might add, only to find the wrappers of the above offerings all over my lawn the next morning.  Ingrates!

That was the end of my candy giving career. Now there are only tricks at this house!

So, how many pieces of candy is it reasonable to give out? for your kids to eat? And at want point is it OK to trash the Halloween bounty? How many treats do we allow? Do we trick our kids into being healthy? How many tricks must we play to treat our kids healthfully?

RECIPE: Peaches and Cream Cups

My friend Lisa returned from her family’s organic peach farm in Colorado with these phenomenally good peaches.  They were magically delicious by themselves, but I was in charge of a dessert for a dinner party, so I thought I’d somehow incorporate them in to a sweet treat.  I used to use store bought or canned peaches, a tube of ‘slice and bake’ sugar cookies and grocery store vanilla ice cream as a summer dessert before I knew any better.  So that chemical-laden, highly processed treat, oddly, was the inspiration for this healthier, more tasty dish.peaches peach crumble ingredients

It’s pretty simple if you just want to sprinkle a granola “crumble” on top—MUCH EASIER and same taste, by the way.  But if you are aiming to impress, have some extra time, or just like to shoot for the stars, try the home made granola cups.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Peaches

All Natural Vanilla Ice cream

All Natural  Granola

But if you want a granola cup, not a granola crumble, here’s how you make your granola cup:

Preheat your oven to 375

GRANOLA CUP INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c sunflower seeds (raw or salted)
7-8 medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
4 dashes of cinnamon
Combine all of the above in a food processor and then mold in to cup cake pan with baking cups.
Option to glaze with maple syrup and olive oil (1 Tbsp of each combine and then brushed on)
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Bake on 375 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.  At this point you can save the cups for future use in the fridge, or go ahead and add a few pieces of your chopped peaches, and return to oven for another 10 minutes.

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Pull your peach granola cups and let cool a few minutes. Then serve with organic vanilla ice cream. Only the good stuff!  If your cups crumble, trust me, no one will notice, because these are mind-blowing good!

peach crumble dessert