Friday, July 8, 2011

The Kid Quest--Trying New Stuff

I am always trying to get my kids to eat better which is a tough thing to do in a world in which they're surrounded by junk food ads, crap food in the supermarket, and nutritionally devoid kiddie menus (I have a girl-friend who thinks that kiddie menus are the sign of a civilization in decline, and I have to agree). 

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.  

2 comments:

  1. My kids and hubby have issues eating vegetable. They like most fruits cause it`s sweet and junk food isn`t allowed in the house anymore(that`s all they wanted to eat). I blend vegetable into all kinds of things. Would your kids eat fruit smoothies? If yes than you can pretty much get them to eat anything.

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  2. Losing Weight After 45 is a BitchJuly 11, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Nope. I've tried smoothies a few times for both kids and neither will touch them. It's an ongoing battle.

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