When Chef Serdjo and I first came up with this project, to focus on the health of our children and to change their diets, we knew it would be a challenge but didn’t expect it to be damn near impossible!!! Our lovely three are very picky and head strong. We’ve been met with much resistance to say the least! Some things we have learned during the first month are:
– Little people are stuck in their ways and enjoy their routines as much as we do! (ditching the Tim Horton’s drive through was met with more than one tantrum).
– It is much easier to think of the meals and foods they typically eat and find healthy versions of these than to cook what we like and try to convince them to eat it! (They weren’t into the Moroccan spiced vegetable curry that we both thought was fantastic!).
– They are totally willing to go on hunger strikes if you fail to sell them on whatever healthy concoction you’ve come up with!
Our kids have always loved instant oatmeal and wow has it always been convenient! Unfortunately it is filled with sugar and chemicals and all the sinful ingredients we’re trying desperately to avoid. I decided to try my hand at making oatmeal on my stove top with steal cut oats to see if they could tell the difference. This breakfast was a success and on more than one occasion!
ORGANIC MAPLE & WALNUT STEEL CUT OATS
– 1 cup (250ml) Organic Steel Cut Oats
– 1/4 tsp (1ml) Sea Salt
– 3 cups (750 ml) Boiling Water
– 1 tbs (14 ml) Pure Maple Syrup
– 1/2 cup (125 ml) Crushed Walnuts
– 1/2 pint of Organic Blueberries & 1/2 pint of Organic Raspberries
– 1 large Banana
– 1 cup Oat Milk
Stir the oats and sea salt into the boiling water. Reduce heat and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in maple syrup and crushed walnuts. Scoop into bowls and add berries, sliced banana & oat milk.
This breakfast is full of nutrients to help your little people tackle their day! Steel cut oats are a great source of fiber and are also high in protein. They are a source of iron, B Vitamins and antioxidants. Blueberries offer Vitamin C, K and magnese. They help brain function and boast the highest level of antioxidents of all the common fruit! They help to lower your blood pressure and fight against aging and cancer. They also reduce heart desease by reducing LDL cholesterol. The maple offers a sweet taste that helped entice our kids but is better than sugar because it is packed with antioxidents.
With every evening meal we cook up sides of vegetables with high hopes that the kids will eat them. Most of the time they refuse despite much begging and pleading. We’ve decided we need strategy, some tricks up our sleeves to trick the little buggers into finding veggies fun. On one of the evenings this week, Serdj found purple and yellow cauliflower! This was an instant success! They were full of questions and enthusiasm! Who knew something so simple would interest them! They actually ate the green beans too!
Tip: Offer foods that are novel and unique to stimulate conversation at the table. Our kids thought the purple cauliflower was hilarious!
The initial transition to a healthier diet has been full of ups and downs so far. The kids are coming around slowly but surely and we will keep you updated on all the fun to come.