“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Lately I've been talking to a lot of my mommy friends lately and they all have the same dilemma, "How can I get my child to like veggies?"
Toddlers and young children can be really picky eaters! They love really simple flavors and textures and their diets end up becoming bland and let's face it not very nutritious. Goldfish crackers and ketchup can only sustain them for so long. As mothers we always want to see our kids at their best and we know that veggies provide so many amazing benefits that will have our little one's brain and body working in tip-top shape. Introducing new foods, especially when they're green and leafy or brown and spongy can be difficult but with a little consistency and delicious kid friendly recipes we can make it happen! Right mommas?
Welcome to Operation Veggie! I've asked a group of moms what veggies their kids think are icky and I'm going to use the top picks to create toddler and kid friendly foods, snacks, and sweet treats! I'll be having my little ones taste test everything and I'll share the results here!
I love using vegetables in different and unique ways, so if nothing else OP VEG will get you and your family to try something new or to tackle a veggie that you've been a little afraid of!
If you try any of the recipes featured let me know how they go over with the little ones! Good luck!
Our first vegetable is the beet! I know a lot of adults are even turned off by beets so I really loved this challenge! Beets have a beautiful vibrant color which benefits us in two ways! The purplish color of the beet is produced by phytonutrients called betalains; this pigment has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying properties that protect cells from damage. Beets are also full of potassium, folates, and fiber and help protect against heart disease and even cancer! These guys are a must have in every one's diet! Plus, the color is also what makes the beet so fun! It's the perfect all natural way to color food red/pink/purple!
Six organic medium sized apples
1/2-1 whole organic beet
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp clove
1 tbs organic cane sugar
pinch of ground ginger
1/2 cup water
Peel, core, and roughly chop apples and peel and chop the beet. Place all of your ingredients into a medium sauce pan over medium/low heat. Let the mixture simmer for 35-40 minutes stirring occasionally.
Once beets and apples are soft remove from heat and add it to your food processor or blender. You can make it as chunky or smooth as you'd like! I stored my apple sauce in mason jars and popped them in the fridge to cool. Now I have plenty to add to lunches and snack time! I added a little sliced apple as garnish and the kids loved dipping the pieces in their colorful sauce!
Have a veggie your kid despises that you want to make "kid friendly"? Leave it in the comments and I may feature it on Operation Veggie!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
1. White Lace Dress
2. Tassel Necklace
3. Karen Walker Sunglasses
4. Aromi Orange Vegan Lipstick
5. Gold Stacking Bangles
6. Emerald Leather Sandals
7. Charlotte Olympia Taco Clutch
8. Gold Hammered Studs
Monday, May 4, 2015
Happy Star Wars Day!
"There are many realities in the universe, some of them quite harsh. One reality that is inescapable is that there is nothing more valuable than a friend. More than food, more than shelter, and more than weaponry, an ally can save your life."
- Qui-Gon Jinn