3 Easy Steps To Get Kids To Eat Raw Foods
Posted on March 01 2013 | (0) Comments
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You can get your kids to enjoy raw foods! In several of my cookbooks there are many recipes that even the youngest child can enjoy making and eating. Without danger from boiling water, stovetop burners, or a hot oven to contend with, welcoming kids into the kitchen can be stress-free and fun.
1) I Made It Myself
The same sense of pride and ownership that adult chefs get when they cook is how children feel when they create a delicious raw food meal that everyone in the family enjoys. And, let’s be honest, food just tastes better when you can say, “I made it myself.”
Children’s tastebuds are different than adults, but their palates are developing. Introducing them to the pleasures of the more subtle, but delicious flavor of raw foods, particularly fresh fruit, can help to steer them away from processed treats that are unhealthy, unnatural, and merely ‘fruit flavored'.
2) Make it fun
Any child can be a raw food Picasso, using fresh fruit. Simply cut up a variety of fresh fruits such as watermelon, figs, plums, etc. and let your little artist arrange them creatively on a platter. My Summer Fruit Platter recipe makes a presentation that is as beautiful as it is delicious, with an array of reds, pinks, and purples.
Another idea is a roll up. Many kids seem to love eating something when they can make a mess of their chosen ingredients, roll it up, and eat with their hands. Walnut Pate (raw walnuts with lemon juice, oil, and seasonings) and make tasty roll-ups that will disappear as fast as you prepare them. It can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, so kids can reach for it whenever they have an appetite. The recipe can also be made with pecans.
3) Make it easy
Pudding is an extremely kid-friendly dessert, and one of my favorite raw food dessert recipes is for Mango Pudding. You place fresh and dried mangoes in a blender and process it until it’s smooth, rich, and creamy. Top with berries, another raw food favorite, or kiwifruit.
Of course, getting a kid to vegetables is the real challenge. But there, too, raw food recipes can save the day. Simple crunchy veggies like celery, carrots, cucumbers, and red pepper take on a whole new dimension when they’re all dressed up with a tasty raw food spread or served with a luxuriously creamy raw food dip. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night it might be, you can always whip up a raw food treat in no time – even for a midnight snack.
And let's not forget the smoothies! Kids and adults love smoothies. Most think of it as a treat, not as the healthy, nutrient-rich drink that it is. Having a hard time getting your kids to eat greens? They don't need to know that you put a handful of kale in the blender. And they won't care once they've tasted your sweet treat!
I hope this helps you find clever new ways to keep your kids eating healthy and developing great habits for a lifetime.
For all these great receipes at your finger tips, try my book Raw Food Made Easy. Order today and you can be enjoying your kids in the kitchen in just a few days!