As Little Sis so eloquently pointed out in “It’s Not You, It’s Them”, just because it’s in the grocery store, doesn’t make it safe to eat. The safest foods in the grocery store are the whole, unprocessed foods: fruits and vegetables! And of course it is an age old battle to get children to eat more vegetables. Our culture’s diet is not based on fruits and vegetables, it’s based on bread and meat and potatoes and meat and lots and lots of sugar.
Although the popular notion that children have different taste buds or stronger taste buds than adults is difficult to tease out scientifically, due to many other factors affecting perceptions of taste, children do seem to have a higher density of ‘sweet’ taste receptors which is offset when puberty increases the ability to differentiate between tastes and the preference for sweet declines.
There’s no denying most children love sweet and most seem to like bland. Maybe that’s because they can’t differentiate and so complex flavors seem strong. But let’s get back to the basic problem. How to get more vegetables into your children, and into you and your adults as well?! We adults also exist in this culture and have also been inundated with bread, sugar, meat, sugar, potatoes, sugar, meat, and sugar as well! I am not looking to engage people in a discussion about the relative merits of meat here, but it’s simple math. If your plate is full of bread and meat – where are the vegetables? Vegetables are key to good health!
We have lots of vegetable based recipes on board here, but I wanted to share a vegetable-increasing-money-saving-technique especially for the vegetable impaired. Continue reading