I’m doing a lot of catch up studying this week from the nutrition school, and realized I haven’t been sharing as much along the way as I had hoped to. I have lots of fun info swirling around in my brain and hope to get it to you soon- specifically, what I’m learning from Aryuveda, how to be a vegetarian well, and tips for digesting grains and beans.
L is now 3, and has increasing opinions and preferences when it comes to everything, food included. It’s much, much harder to get veggies into her these days… gone are the days when split pea soup and veggie stews were gobbled up without complaint.
She certainly has original ideas. She reminds me of my friend Laura, with her “strange but good” combinations. While traveling last week, L made a roll up with a piece of turkey and stuffed it with her banana, peas, and a cracker. Ummm…?
Her other favorite snack lately is to dip raisins in peanut butter, two of my favorite things, so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree there. Or she’ll mix canned pumpkin with yogurt.
And she cannot get enough blueberries. She will down a large bowl of frozen blueberries, and usually insists that we sprinkle them with cinnamon first. Today she needed hemp seeds in her oatmeal. I had no idea three year olds could be so demanding.
Here’s what we were eating yesterday:
[Breakfast: Two eggs with onions, pepper and avocado (me), one egg and oatmeal with blueberries for L; Snack: two mini “healthy” pb cookies (me); Lunch: I packed L a pb-carrot sandwich, sweet red pepper, clementine, and more blueberries; I had roasted sweet potatoes with lentils, sauerkraut and mushrooms and hummus; Dinner: Spaghetti Squash bake (yum!) for us all, plus a slice of nitrate-free turkey for L; Post spin snacking: Plain yogurt with bananas and flaxseed, pistachios]
Roasted carrots have been another favorite lately:
- 3-4 large carrots, sliced thinly
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp oregano or thyme
- dash of salt to taste
Toss carrot slices with olive oil, oregano and a little salt, and roast at 375 for 20 minutes, or until done.
Note: Carrot chips do not taste like chips! But they’re great dipped in hummus or organic ketchup.
I’ve also bookmarked these recipes to try soon, as she does eat anything covered in cheese:
Grain Free Cheesy BreadSticks (made from cauliflower!)
Reminder- Tomorrow is the 5 by the 5th link up- I’ll announce the winners from March, and you can link up your post about the race, if you wrote one!
So a banana wrapped in turkey, yay or nay? Do you re-name healthier foods to encourage kids (or a spouse) to eat it?