Just Try It!

produce2There was an article in the February 2009 issue of Redbook entitled “How to Raise a Healthy Eater” and it stated in this article that only 1 in 50 kids eats a healthy diet.  I think in the world that we live in today we have gotten so used to convenience foods that we fore-go health.  We are overworked, overtired, overstressed, and overcommited.  After our long days of doing what each of us do we are not thinking about the nutritional value of our food, we are just filling our mouths with whatever beckons at the time!!  This is the main reason why our days tend to go the way they do- we just don’t have the energy or stamina to make it through.  This cycle exists because of the processed junk we are constantly bombarding our systems with.   Unfortunately, our children watch us and they do as we do and eat what we eat- and they are suffering too.  When I was growing up and throughout my 20’s, I was a seriously picky eater-  I would not try anything- and then I had kids.  I quickly realized that I couldn’t raise my children on pretzels, bagels, and cereal (which is what my diet consisted of).  To make a long story short, I came up with the idea that each time I went grocery shopping I would purchase one new fruit or veggie for my family to try.  I also decided to turn this into a big deal!!  For example, my daughter loves WebKinz and plays it often on-line.  One day she was playing and had won a dragon fruit to feed to her virtual pet- the next week I saw Dragon fruit at Meijers!!  I purchased it and brought it home and made a huge deal about how we were eating the same thing as her Webkinz pet!  Each week we pick out a new fruit or veggie to try- kumquats, papaya, ugli fruit, etc.  Each time we make it a big deal and turn it into a fun family activity.  There are some that my family doesn’t care for but instead of wasting it I would just add it into a smoothie or juice it and it would get eaten!!!  My kids have tasted many exotic and unusual fruits using this method- and when we are in the store and they ask for guavas or coconuts I know that this is why.   FYI- there are books that grocery stores supply in the produce section that explains each fruit or veggie so you know how to eat it and how to cut it, etc.  or you can just keep checking back here often and at some point or another I will hopefully cover everything!!!  Also, if you ever have leftovers of cut up fruit blend it up with anything else you have on hand to make a smoothie like consistency and then pour into popsicle molds and freeze them.  They will get eaten and no wasted fruit!!!!  ENJOY!!  Eat your F/V’s and aim high!!!

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2 thoughts on “Just Try It!

  1. Sam, what a great idea! My kids love fruit, but it’s the typical mainstream fruit. I never think to pick up a papaya or star fruit, etc. To tell you the truth, I haven’t even tried some of these tropical fruits myself! I’m definitely going to start your trend of picking up some different fruits (and veggies) at each visit to the grocery store…never hurts to try:) Thanks!

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