Monday, October 4, 2010

What do kids know about food?

What do kids know about food?  Well, only as much as we teach them.  Left to their own devices, kids learn mostly about the foods marketed to them on T.V.--McDonald's, Frosted Flakes, over-processed and preservative laced foods.

Should your children eat differently than you? Do you feed your children chicken fingers and french fries, when you are having grilled chicken and salad for dinner?  Why?  Should there be a children's menu that is void of the  healthier choices available on the regular menu?

Our children only know as much as we teach them about food--they deserve to know what is in the food they eat, where it comes from and why we make the choices we do about the food we buy, prepare and eat.  They are smarter that you think, and the deserve the truth about not only about healthy living, but about what  those "other" foods do to their bodies, and the planet.
I encourage you to take look at this link below--the blog is fantastic and this video is inspiring.  Our kids have the opportunity to live in a different  world than we do now--if we teach them about food and it's importance to our world, our communities and our families.
 One small change can get you started...take your kids to a local farmers market--let them help you pick out some of the foods that your family will eat this week.  When you talk to the farmer--include your children in the conversation--encourage them to ask questions about where their food is coming from.
Madeleine's favourite day of the week?  Saturday mornings (for more that the obvious reasons :) Why?  It's market day!--We get to buy all of our produce --which she helps to pick out, and snack on fresh peas, berries and apples.  I couldn't ask for any more--it warms my heart, just like the apple crisp we make for Sunday dessert!
Apple Crisp 
6-7 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix the above ingredients in an oven safe casserole dish.

1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1 tsp cinnamon 
Combine the above ingredients with your hands until butter is crumbled all the way through.  Pour onto apple mixture and bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes or until apples are cooked through and oat topping is crunchy and golden brown.

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