How To Get Kids To Have Their Veggies And Love It
If you're lucky like me, your 4 year old enjoys cleaning his teeth twice a day, dresses himself for school, eats all the veggies on his plate, puts his toys away after play, and looks forward to putting himself to bed.
Like any household with little children, no hour at ours is complete without half of it spent repeating the simplest of instructions - get changed, clean your teeth, put on your shoes, no taking lego to school, don't put your foot in your brother's face. These are interspersed with blackmail, offers of rewards and more often than not, the threat to end all threats - no TV.
To be fair, my 4 year old, R Man, loves to eat, and he has always enjoyed a spectrum of foods. Up until a year ago, he loved almost all veggies, except mushrooms, which I could live with. Right around when he started having lunch at school, he became picky about his greens. We blame it on the cool kids. It wasn't that R Man totally went off veggies, he just became really unpredictable, so it was hard to plan his meals. He would be devouring spinach at one meal, then totally rejecting any sort of vegetables for the next three.
I can't totally blame R Man for this aversion. I too, am picky about my greens. I totally abhor raw celery, carrot, beet and anything good you would have in a veggie smoothie. And I love noodles for breakfast, which is hardly the breakfast of champions. Enter Mr S, a good friend of mine who's a distributor in Singapore of really awesome whole foods from New Zealand, who introduces me to Nuzest, a super multi-nutrition powder made up of 75 clean ingredients. This is what goodness in a bottle looks like.
It helped that we already started the day with a superfood smoothie made from freshly made almond milk, banana, blueberries, goji berries, flax and chia seeds and psyllium husks. Now, with an a scoop of Good Green Stuff, and I felt extra virtuous. Best of all, they have a kids version - Kids Good Stuff, "a nutritious blend of greens, fruit, veggies, and berries, boosted with vitamins, minerals, & more", in 3 fabulous natural flavours - Choc Mint, Choc Honeycomb and Choc Banana.
It's by no means a replacement for fresh veggies, but it's a great way to cheat, and every parent can do with a little cheating! R Man can't get enough of this in his morning smoothie, I feel like I've done my motherly duties and everyone's a winner!