Today I made a veggie roast for lunch. It consisted of broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, baby bella mushrooms, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, olive oil, salt & a bit of pepper. With the kids favorite ice cream in the fridge, I told them they could each have dessert after a full serving of green veggies. To my astonishment, it worked.
My daughter even tried a mushroom. She hated it, and spit it out after begging, but then ate more than 2 servings of the rest because, apparently to her, anything is better than mushrooms. My son ate his greens with stoical endurance,looking very much like the kitty in the corner here, persevering for the promise of ice cream to come.
Healthy eating has been on my mind as of late. Today I realized that my children’s eating habits have declined as time commitments have increased. With one child suffering from severe food allergies and another with sensory integration issues, meal times can be tricky, to say the least. Add finicky tastes to that and it can be a nightmare.
One likes broccoli, but only if it’s roasted. Another only likes it steamed. One only likes brussels sprouts while another prefers asparagus. One, and only one, loves string beans. I have one who will tolerate broccoli, if Venus and Mars are in alignment on the day it’s prepared, and if I stand on my left foot with a spoon on my right ear while preparing it. (No, not really, but it often feels that way.)
To add to the ever-growing obstacle course that seems to be our meal times, my husband took on a somewhat vegan lifestyle a while back. He’s what we call a work-week vegan, meaning he eats mostly vegan Monday through Friday with slight (or sometimes not-so-slight) splurges on the weekend. And I’m just starting the Shred diet. I dread meal times. No, really. Dread. Often times we’ll prepare multiple meals, which is exhausting and time-consuming. Or, I’ll make a crowd pleaser like lasagna, and have go-to left-overs for the kids for a few days. The idea being that they can have that while hubs & I eat our rabbit-food. But there’s lasagna in the fridge, and it invariably ends up in us.
If our diet were to be demonstrated on one of those spread sheets for finances, lately, we’ve been in the red. Most days I’m lucky if we get in the black.
So I’m putting the question out to my healthful friends, my friends with special consideration diets, and my friends who, like me, are just trying to slim down and get a healthier lifestyle….what do you do to keep the kids in the green?