Kid-Friendly Food

I’m adding a new page to this blog (as you can see above). Just thought I would publish this as a regular post so it doesn’t moulder unoticed by any interested parties. 🙂

Some people seem to think that healthy kids should be willing and happy to eat exactly what their parents are eating. Well, some of them are willing, and some of them probably enjoy it too. Depending on their ages, foods they were raised on, and how adventurous their parents taste buds are.

What is kid-friendly? That of course will depend on the kid. If you have consistently used the same taste palate for your child’s entire life, they will probably happily eat anything that contains. Once when my son was about three we had some young missionaries over for dinner. I made a pasta salad and had a bit of extra garlic, I decided to just throw it in. (We ate a lot of garlic, often raw or lightly cooked.) Well…it was a little strong. I apologized, they said no problem (as missionaries are prone to do) and one of them ate it with no problem. The other one seemed to struggle a bit more, and periodically glance in awe (or shock) at the three year old next to him gulping down his extremely garlicky pasta and proclaiming it delicious. So, yes it is possible for kids to like things not traditionally considered “child-friendly”. Households that consistently use the same taste palate are the likeliest place to find kid’s labeled “not picky”.

If however, you’ve become healthier over the course of your child’s life, or you tend to use a lot of variety when you cook, there may be a problem. For instance, I have several times made things that I know my son loved, three years ago, but…he doesn’t remember ever having eaten them before. Usually in that case he doesn’t HATE the food, but is often not crazy about it either.

I’m finding that in the world of plant-based eating there is less out there directed at children, or feeding them, than there is for adults. Probably because in our culture today, adults with health problems are the vast majority of people switching to whole foods plant based diets. But, what about their kids? When you start to feel so much better, you want your children to be healthy and energetic too. (Well, maybe not too energetic.)

So, I’ve decided to label/tag the recipes on this blog that I consider child friendly, with notes on what works in our house and possible suggestions for kids whose taste buds are in different stages of development.

Be patient while we work through the previously posted recipes/ideas, but I think it will be worth it.

C

31 Days of Menus: Feeding children

Personally I think catering to a child’s appetite is a bad habit to get into. Largely because, they tend not to be the most well rounded eater when left to their own devices. So, what to do? Obviously they need to eat too, and no one wants turned up little noses at the dinner table.
On top of which I think that planning two meals, even if one is just PB&J is not worth the trouble.
Here are my suggestions:
Go ahead and serve their favorite healthy & fun foods for lunch.
Serve their dinner in separate piles. There’s no reason a salad of any type needs to be eaten mixed together.
I abide by the rule that everything must at least be tasted, and if they don’t like it subsequent meals involving that food still include a taste for them.
There are some foods that I don’t insist on, for instance raw onions – diced for tacos – are perhaps too strong for most children.
I also try to include something in each meal that is well liked. In fact when my son was younger it often worked to give him a taste of everything and then tell him that for more of his favorite he needed to eat the little bit of everything else currently on his plate. It still does.
For another viewpoint, you can check out this post by Tammie entitled Picky Eaters.

C