Thursday, November 01, 2007
Ok, I have two children a 10 y.o daughter and 11 y.o son and with my kids I have to be a sneaky mom to get them to eat right. My kids are VERY competitive against each other (perhaps because they are so close in age, who knows but they are) so I use that competitive drive to my advantage. I do try to involve my kids with cooking (each having their night) kids seem to be more open to eating it if they helped cook it. Next I do buffet style salads I will put several different ingredients on plates prob. about 5 or 8. things like
Romaine, red leaf lettuce, baby spinach, ect
toss in's like- carrots, cukes, tomatoes, beets, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli slaw, rainbow slaw, goji berries, raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, seeds, apples, pears, grapes, nothing is off limits I will put anything out in small amounts (I put a couple of things they know and like and a few different or things they wern't crazy about so perhaps they can try again and trick their taste buds to liking them).
What I do is I give them a plate and will tell them what to make like I'll say see who can make the scariest face, the hairy face, or the most colorful plate....they will be more eager to grab things they normally wouldn't to create the best face or creation. Then I will give them points for each thing they added to their salad...if they used 4 ingredients they get 4 points at end of week whoever has most points wins something. Can be something like extra time on computer or game time or picking out a fun activity to do of their choice like rollerskating, ice skating.......whatever I want but main thing is getting them to eat and try new and healthy food. Sometimes their tastebuds change and after trying something they didn't like several times they begin to like it or tolerate it.
Also it shames hubby into trying abit more cause kids are. My husband HATES most all veggies except peas and corn. But I learned he can tolerate some if they are not cooked so I do add things to his salads . Those broccoli slaw/rainbow slaw are a wonderful way to add cruciferous vegtables like broccoli,cauliflower, and cabbage. Throw some ontop of salads and even picky non veggy liking people don't have a problem with them cause they are little pieces and not so intimidating .