The Vegetables with Breakfast Challenge Starts Today!

Are you up for a challenge?

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mochi waffle, blanched kale, tahini sauce

Today over at sweetveg is Day 1 of the 10 days of Vegetables with Breakfast Challenge. Come on over and join us!

1 cup of vegetables every morning for adults. For those of you with children, provide vegetables as an option for young children. Encourage older children to eat 1/4 or 1/2 cup. Measurement can be before or after cooking and is only a guideline.

In my experience children will often eat more vegetables with their breakfast than at other times of the day. We just need to provide them with the opportunity. Having a fruit-free breakfast sometimes helps, too. Depending on the child, it may take a week or two for them to get used to the idea, but just try it and see what happens.

Head on over to sweetveg to find links to the guidelines and a daily log. I will have a few giveaways throughout the 10 days plus new recipes and tips for getting those vegetables in our bellies.

Go here for the Introduction to the Challenge.
Go here for Day 1.

Children and Vegetables

I believe humans are wired to love a variety of whole foods and vegetables. This includes children, from the moment they are born. This is a belief that is integral to my approach to helping children learn to love a variety of whole plant foods. We just would not have evolved the way we have without a taste for vegetables.IMG_20130321_153639

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Food Bloggers Against Hunger: White bean and Carrot Patties with Dill

I woke up this morning to a post by Annie at An Unrefined Vegan. She has joined over 200 food bloggers to unite against hunger. We can thank The Giving Table for organizing this effort to increase awareness about the difficulties families face and encourage more people to take action to protect our nation’s food stamp program and other programs that help put food in children’s bellies.

There have been many times when my sisters have been so grateful for the help of food stamps, school lunch programs and the WIC program. There are so many families that can’t put a meal on the table without government support and children who go hungry because they don’t have the support they need. Learn more at Share Our Strength. Continue reading

Mealtime Blessings

I grew up saying grace with my family before every dinner. We would hold hands and pray and at the end we would squeeze whomever’s hands we were holding three times, representing the three words “I love you.” (If you have siblings, you might guess that I didn’t always squeeze my sister’s hand!) This simple tradition has meant enough to me that I have taught it to every child I have cared for since. My sisters continue to do the same with their families.IMG_20130328_094619

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Polenta “Pancakes” with Sauteed Apple Pear Compote

A few years ago, I traveled to help prepare meals with Jane Stanchich for a week long workshop with her and Lino Stanchich at Great Life Global. One of the mornings, we made polenta pancakes similar to these. It was such a fun idea and a perfect example of using whole foods to re-create something we love as a healthier version. I especially love when I can replace flour with something less refined and still satisfy a craving, such as the one I frequently have for more traditional pancakes. Continue reading