MY KIDS WONT EAT THAT
I hear this ALL the time, being a parent is something that is tremendously admiring and I have total respect for choosing when your kid eats, what they eat and how often they eat can be a major challenge. Kids can throw tantrums, beg for chicken nuggets and fast food, they don’t like vegetables, but did they pop out of the womb craving a McDonald’s happy meal? The answer is no, we have conditioned kids to like these foods. Chances are if we introduce kids at an early age to sodas, candy, cupcakes ,fast food then of course these foods are going to win over pretty much anything else you put in front of them. We accept this food because it is indeed cheap, easy and fast. We live in a time where both parents work and kids are in a slew of activities all year long so priorities get shifted and it ends up being at the cost of an epidemic where kids are growing into obese adults and kids are sadly getting diabetes in our country. In the words of Joel Furhman who wrote eat to live “many children eat donuts,cookies,cupcakes and candy on a daily basis. It is difficult for parents to understand the insidious,slow destruction of their child’s genetic potential and foundation for serious illness that is being built by the consumption of these foods.”
Would you ever allow your child to sit and smoke a pack of cigarettes or have a few beers after school? Of course not! Not only is it illegal it is socially frowned upon to say the least but why there is no law prohibiting the ingestion of fat laden, greasy highly processed, sugar coated food that acts as a drug on your child’s body?
It is definitely not too late to reshape your child’s taste buds. Control what your child eats in your home, we all know that you cannot control what happens outside of the home.
Stop heading to the drive through when you are in a time crunch!
Stop making excuses for not eating fresh foods like fruits, vegetables and grains. Explain the benefits of these foods and how they do amazing work in our bodies. Make fruit smoothies, bake healthier muffins and cookies. They can still have some of their favorite things but in a much healthier prepared way. This is not only good for them but good for the entire family. Everyone wins! Kids mirror behaviors of adults, be an example.
Do not use unhealthy foods as rewards on a consistent basis and do not use unhealthy foods to cheer up a child on a consistent basis. These things can lead to comfort eating later in life which is an entirely different topic to tackle. So the next time you catch yourself saying or hear a parent say “Tommy will only eat macaroni and cheese and hot dogs”
Ask yourself “why is that?” know that this kind of behavior can be changed and is really only hurting the child in the long run.
HOMEMADE TURKEY SLIDERS
Sliders are very popular right now and this version made with ground turkey and baked rather than fried is not only good, but good for you. Served with baked sweet potato fries and a side salad with lots of fresh vegetables, this is the perfect ‘fast food’ meal and the cost per slider is about 45 cents — that’s good, too.
- 20 ounces lean ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 clove garlic – minced
- 1/2 teaspoon basil,, dried
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano,, dried
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dijonaise
- Whole grain mini rolls or slider buns
- Combine ground turkey, cheese and all seasonings. Mix together well.
- Shape turkey into 16 small patties.
- Place patties on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 – 10 minutes or until cooked through. Be careful not to cook too long or they will become dried out.
- Place on rolls and top with dijonaise. You can also add any vegetables like lettuce, tomato, avocado, olives etc. that you might like. Create a garnish tray and let the family pick out what they like.