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Kids and Vegetables

Monday, October 18th, 2010

You are what you eat right? What if your kids will only eat a steady diet of grilled cheese, mac and cheese and cheese pizza? Sound familiar?

We all know vegetables are good for us. Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to eat them? I asked a friend for her secret for her children loving vegetables and here is what she told me.

“I have three big veggie tricks when cooking for my kids: (1) Hollandaise sauce for anything like cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus works wonders.  They can’t get enough.  Cheese sauce works too and you can make low-fat versions of either which are tasty. (2)  Make sure to normalize the texture as much as possible and (3) when in doubt sauté in a little bit of butter, and lots of lemon and garlic powder and chicken broth.

If you are looking for kids to eat raw veggies – no or low fat ranch dip makes everything taste good. Once they start liking the vegetables, you can wean them off the sauces and dips and they really don’t know the difference.

I have found there are a lot of veggies that kids don’t like because of the texture (i.e. tomatoes). In those cases, I cut and seed things so they don’t burst in the mouth (adults like this-kids don’t) and so that the mouth-feel is more consistent (think cucumber seeds).

I have had good luck with this process. You can also puree things if you have a really picky eater. For example, one of my son’s friends won’t eat anything but butter and “smooth” spaghetti sauce on pasta. When he comes over, I blend or puree all sorts of vegetables and put it in the sauce. He doesn’t know the difference.

Oh, and kids will eat veggies pureed into a smooth soup mixed with cream that they would otherwise not touch.”

Sarah’s kids are great eaters thanks to her creativity. Try it out and see what happens!

Recipe Credit: Sarah Boswell-Healy

Photo Credit: xedos4

Flu Shot Facts

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I am continually asked about what I think about certain vaccines that are recommended/required. Most of all, I am asked about the flu shot and if I think people should get it. Though I can’t answer for anyone else, I can say, I won’t be getting the flu shot this year or any year. I recently came across an article that made a lot of sense that was written by an MD on the flu shot. I would encourage you all to read it.

It is a great discussion piece on building immunity naturally, strengthening your immune system and the likely risks of flu.

I also found an interesting article on the FDA website about the ingredients that go in to making the flu shot. If I wasn’t certain of my lack of desire to get a flu shot before, I certainly am after reading this. According to the FDA’s own website, the flu shot contains MSG, potassium chloride-a chemical used to euthanize animals as well as the active ingredient in fertilizer, egg protein to provide the biological matter in which to grow large batches of the vaccine, neomycin sulfate and polymyxin B which are antibiotics to kill all the excess virulent disease that may have accidentally grown in the toxic brew, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin—basically melted pig parts, formaldehyde, ether and thimerosal-a mercury derivative that are all used as preservatives.

I wouldn’t eat, drink or inhale these in to my body in any form, except maybe the MSG at a good Chinese restaurant. Certainly I wouldn’t inject any of them directly in to my body.

Is the flu dangerous, in most people it isn’t. Does it kill people on occasion? Certainly and sadly when six billion people are on this planet and there are tens of millions of cases of illness in the form of flu among them, there will be those who do not survive. Therefore it is up to you to do your research and then make your own intelligent decision. This should be the way people make any intelligent health care decision. I see too many people make decisions for their family, themselves and kids based on media hype versus their own critical research.

Do your RESEARCH, THEN make your decision for yourself.

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