Here it's all about Food and Nutrition for Kids
In my opinion food is something amazing... So many different flavors, textures and colors! Eating good food is one of life's great pleasures. And if you eat together with family, it's even better - fun times!
One question I often get from clients is what do your kids eat?
My teenage son eats a lot of fruit every day, and has been doing that ever since he was very small. His first food was berries from our garden - while he was still breast feeding.
He also has veggie stews and soups like gazpacho, he likes cashews, dried berries, pistachio nuts (his favorite), and sometimes he eats potatoes, vegan pasta (no cheese), hummus, white bean dishes (the only beans he likes) and salads.
He likes olive oil and has that on his meals every day and of course, for him, I buy the best organic olive oil I can find around here. Also once in a while he will have some walnuts or macadamia nuts. That's about it.
What he drinks? Quite a lot of juice, mostly freshly made but also store bought, plus most often one cup of herbal tea a day - peppermint or rooibos with honey (his choice).
Most of what he eats is organic.
Sometimes, once in a blue moon, he has some snacks like vegan chocolate or organic corn chips. But he never asks for it, it's just when I feel like buying it for him that I do.
One thing about him that really admire is that he doesn't overeat and just eats when hungry.
Food is not a big thing to him, just something to have so you aren't hungry and can continue doing what you were doing.
The only time he can get really excited about food is when we find some really good mangoes or yellow kiwis or if we find a huge bush full of red raspberries!
So that is about him.
Then we've got my other children!
They are the kids of my clients. I cook for
some of them every week. And often I also plan their menu with their
They eat mainly vegetarian, except some moms who still want their children to have a chicken or meat dish once in a while.
A few days ago an old high school friend of mine called me. She has a daughter who is about 5 years old with a lot of respiratory
issues. And a newborn.
This time it was the newborn's tummy problems she wanted to get some advice on.
The nurse she had contacted about them said what mom eats has nothing to do with the newborn's gas, but she felt that can't be correct since she is breastfeeding, and I assured her that she was right - of course it has a lot to do what what mom is eating.
She also asked what I'm doing at the moment and I said I'm making dinner.
She asked me what I was making and I said, oh just easy food, lentils and beans (with onion and some vegetable stock to make them yummy and salty), beetroot, greens, sprouts and avocado...
She said: "Oh... does Benji really eat that?"
And I told her that, yes he
was the one who asked if we could have those beans tonight. True that he
is not much into beetroot but that's okay, means I can have even more.
It's kind of weird because for me what I'm making is normal food. And for her, what I'm making is "healthy" food that her daughter wouldn't ever have.
But, I think it's just a matter of what they are used to. And it's entirely up to us parents. If we buy hot dogs, bacon, cheese sandwiches and cookies, then of course that is what our kids will think is "normal" food. And anything else will be yucky to them.
Thanks for visiting this page, Food and Nutrition for Kids :)
If you need any help, just email me so we can talk. Also, if any of your children has a weight issue it would pay off to learn a bit about cooking for kids who need to watch what they eat.