Raising Healthy Kids
I taught a cooking class at Trillium Haven Farm on Saturday. The setting could not have been more perfect. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we were outside – a rooster even walked through at one point!
The menu focused on simple, delicious dishes that are versitile for families. I also wanted to teach some basic cooking techniques that can be applied to other dishes. We ate beans and rice (inspired by this meal) and roasted beet salad. I also made my simple, delicious guacamole. I also did a version of brown rice crispy treats.
One key theme that I talked about during this class is to remember the big picture. We are not trying to raise healthy children, we are trying to raise healthy people. We want our children to grow up with an appreciation for good food and an adventurous spirit when it comes to new and different (but healthy and whole!) foods.
This takes the pressure off dinner time (and lunch time and breakfast time, too). It’s no longer about this one plate of vegetables or this one particular dish, it’s about the big picture. And raising healthy people has to do with the whole experience of food, too – choosing the vegetables at the farmer’s market or store, helping prepare, setting the table, clearing the table, tasting bites (during prep and during mealtime, too).
This has been my refrain recently as I now have a two-year-old who is extremely opinionated and strong-willed. The big picture helps me relax a bit when it comes to food – and helps me enjoy the process again, in hopes that she’ll enjoy it, too.
Happy, healthy eating!