Friday, July 8, 2011
The Kid Quest--Trying New Stuff
That said, I do try to get them to eat at least marginally better. First, I limit the junk food they can have in the house, and when I do allow it I stick to the "better class of crap" philosophy. I.e., if they have to eat pre-packaged, boxed junk at least let it be organic pre-packaged, boxed junk. I don't think that Annie's Organic Mac N Cheese is all that much of an improvement over Kraft, but at least it is somewhat of an improvement.
That said, I am always trying to find ways for my kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Particularly my daughter who regards anything that actually came off a tree or plant as inherently disgusting.
A couple of years ago I discovered that both kids will eat ice pops I make from fresh fruit juice. I run watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, etc. through my juicer, pour the juice into one of those little plastic Popsicle makers, let freeze and Viola I have a snack that both kids will eat with no artificial colors, sugar or flavors. I also make jello out of fresh fruit juice by adding unflavored gelatin.
Today I'm going to try something new. I'm going to make a vegetable snack for the kids. Last week I bought a food dehydrator, and have been trawling the Internet for recipe ideas. Yesterday I found a recipe for salt-and-vinegar "raw" potato chips. You toss thinly sliced potato wedges with oil, apple cider vinegar and salt then dehydrate them for 15-24 hours in the dehydrator.
If I can get the kids to eat this healthier version of potato chips, I've scored again.