Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My List of All Fruits--and Vegetables
I make a list of all fruits I want so that I have enough to get through the whole week. I buy seven different types of fruit. Yesterday I bought strawberries, raspberries, apples, oranges, a pineapple, a few pears and a melon. Every day we have a different fruit beginning with the raspberries, which have the shortest shelf life. Although I make a list, the nice thing about buying fruit this way is you don't really have to plan anything. The only thing you have to do is buy seven different fruits--and make sure that you eat them. By serving different fruits you are increasing the variety of nutrients your family is eating. You can also do this with vegetables. Even if your kids don't eat seven different vegetables think really hard and see if you can come up with three or four vegetables and rotate them twice in the week. For instance, my super picky seven year old likes: carrots, artichokes, pickles, olives, corn, and potatoes and homemade oven baked sweet potato fries. I try to have each of these "vegetables" on a weekly basis. I know pickles and olives and potatoes aren't what you think of when you think of vegetables and ideally she would be eating kale or spinach, but I was a picky eater growing up so I have a lot of sympathy for kids who aren't that adventurous.