Mailbox Surprises, Kids & Eating Veggies, Is it Healthy to Not Eat Veggies?, Weekend Traditions
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Hi Bloggie Friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start! Scott came home from his business trip and we are going to spend some quality family time together and I am excited about that! A walk through Balboa Park is in order just as soon as I hit Publish. Even though it’s a little cloudy at the moment, I can’t wait to unplug and enjoy the fresh air and be with my family! There are only so many summer weekends and I really try to live them all to the fullest!
This week I’ve gotten a few things in the mail that I wanted to show you.
I received these two books:
1. The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East
I love it so much! So until I finish my “novel”, I won’t have time to start on these new books but I’ll keep you all posted. Here’s my thoughts about Ani’s Book.
And I have reviewed many other cookbooks…
Also in the mail, Attune Foods sent me some of their new Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries Cereal
- 0g Trans Fat
- 100% Natural
- 100% Whole Grain
- Gluten Free
- Low Fat
- Low Sodium
- Made with Organic Ingredients
- No Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Preservatives
- No Cane Sweeteners
- No Dairy Ingredients
- Wheat Free
How does it taste? It’s good. It’s like a healthy brown rice version of Rice Krispies meets lightly flavored berry patch. Thanks for thinking of me Attune Foods!
And lastly, I won Keri’s Give Away for Mary’s Crackers. Those buggers aren’t cheap and this was a great win, thank you so much, Keri!
Keri sent me the most touching note and some stickers that she has had for Twenty Years in a sticker album for Skylar to have and play with.
Skylar loves the stickers! Thank you so much, Keri, for unloading your treasured stickers on us!
20 years later I feel like I shouldn’t even let Skylar play with them since they will qualify as collector’s items, soon…haha! Thanks for your friendship, the note, the crackers, and the stickers, Keri!
Onto some Food…
No post is complete without some Chocolate….
Remember the other day I posted about the Chocolate Coconut Princess Shake? Here’s another one, no Princess cups actually required.
My Dessert: High Raw All Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Balls
Yoga Today is Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose) I’m flying away like a firefly.
Tip of the Day: My Ani Phyo Raw Essentials Cookbook Give Away!
1. What’s on your agenda for this weekend? Best thing you’ve done or ate, so far?
Me = I think the muffins I am about to make are going to rank right up there. So is my family walk on a sunny morning.
2. If you ever have a child, you know that once you get pregnant, every magazine publication under the sun that caters to parents, subscribes you and you receive free, unsolicited magazines, and these subscriptions seem to live on forever. Skylar is 3.5 years old and I am still getting these magazines! I was never a “Parents” girl. A little too mainstream for me. Click Here to see my Parenting Choices and what works, for us.
Anyway, catering to Picky Eaters who don’t eat their veggies and trying to create recipes that exclude veggies, in my opinion, sets up a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits. I don’t believe any dietary path that excludes plants is healthy.
I also don’t believe as parents we should have to “sneak” veggies into our kids diets, i.e. pureeing spinach and incorporating that into homemade marinara sauce or sneaking beans into brownies. As an additional way to get veggies or healthy foods into your child, your partner, yourself, great. But I don’t believe that the sneak attack, long term, is appropriate. Supplemental, fine. But not the “only” method.
Which brings me back to a question that many parents write to me about. How do I get Skylar to eat her veggies? Well, easy. That’s what’s served in a plant-based household so if you don’t like broccoli at 10am, maybe you’ll like carrots. And if you don’t like broccoli at noon, that’s fine, I have cucumbers. And since 80% of our meals are raw/vegan, there is no shortage of everything from squash to tomatoes to cucumbers to sugar snap peas to kale. If you don’t like veggies in this house, you may indeed starve. haha! Kidding!
Seriously though, as a parent it’s my job to make sure my child is eating well, and that includes veggies! If your child is not eating boat loads of calories from crappy foods, they will be hungry when it comes to meal time, and meal time includes veggies. This is not rocket science for me. And as long as you provide an appetizing array of veggies to choose from, throughout the day, every day, your child will eat plants. You just cannot sabotage your own efforts by also providing things like chips and candy!
Did your parents “enforce” vegetable eating? If so, how did they do it? Gently and just woven into your diet as a whole or sitting alone at the table for 2 hours while you stared down those peas you just weren’t going to eat?
3. Do you believe that any dietary path the excludes veggies, or for that matter any dietary path that excludes large categories of foods, from carb-exclusion and copious amounts of protein to no fruit to no veggies to the fat-free craze, is any of that ok with you?
Personally I think that broad brushstroke exclusion of food groups is fanatical and I am a moderation girl. However, since I have food allergies and have chosen a plant-based path, I have written off gluten-containing foods, dairy, and animal products. I guess some could see this as extreme, but for me, it’s not.
What I see as extreme are people who have arbitrary “rules” such as they can’t eat more than x grams of carbs or cannot eat after y time of day. Or are on a high protein diet at the exclusion of veggies!
Do you think that diets that exclude categories of food are healthy? Or balanced? Or are using good judgment for the long term?
4. Weekend Traditions? Anything you love to do on the weekends that you really look forward to?
Me = long power walks with the family and making recipes that take me a little too long to tackle during the week but on the weekends, no problem! Like the 20 minutes I am going to spend making muffins right now…and that’s hardly a “long time”, but ya know…
Ok kids, I am going to get a batch of Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Struesel Muffins in the Oven.
Have a great weekend! Soak up the great weather and happy times with your friends and family and unplug a little. I plan to do just that!
Stay Tuned For The Weekend Recap…
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