"Sneaking in Those Veggies" - Written By Sarah Outlaw (Co-Owner of 90210 Organics) For Natural Life 101.com
Sneaking in Those Veggies
By Sarah Outlaw
I was tuned into Oprah the other day and a light bulb went off while watching Jessica Seinfeld unveil her novel idea to get kids to eat their vegetables. In her new cookbook, “Deceptively Delicious” Jessica shows how she spends one hour a week preparing vegetable purees that she then adds to all the meals for the week. She uses a rice steamer to steam the vegetables, a mini food processor to puree them, and plastic baggies to store the vegetable purees in the refrigerator until needed. This is not a new idea. I have friends that do this but I have never really given it a second thought until now. For the countless numbers of mothers who can’t get their children to eat their broccoli, how
about adding puree to chili or tacos? Do cauliflower scrambled eggs sound appetizing to you? What about sweet potato puree and flax seed to make some nutritious chicken nuggets? Have you ever craved broccoli brownies? It may sound gross to the kids but it sounds heavenly to me!
Being a natural-minded mom, I would take this idea a step further. For me, organic vegetables are a must. Pesticides are prevalent in conventionally grown vegetables and have been linked to disease, birth defects and other problems. Visit your local farmer’s market for fresh, ‘organic’ or ‘no sprays used’ produce. Many farms do not have the organic certification because the process to get that title is very difficult. Talk to the farmers at the stands and ask if they use sprays. They are very happy to talk about how they grow their produce.
The second thing that I would change about the puree process is that I would not store my purees in plastic bags. Plastic leaches chemicals into the food. Common sense would tell you that chemicals negate the nutrition that your children are getting from the vegetables. Invest in some small glass ball jars or glass storage containers and keep your purees in them.
The next time your kids refuse to eat their veggies, try sneaking them into their diets using purees. You may just feel like Super Mom!
Sarah’s finds: To locate a farmer’s market near you, visit www.localharvest.org .
Visit www.ewg.org for a list of the produce you must buy organic.
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