Simple Barley Soup

Waldorf kindergartens throughout the United States serve a version of this soup weekly. Imagine that many children sitting down to warm bowls of nourishment. We have enjoyed this soup regularly for at least 12 years. It always brings back memories of kindergarten. Continue reading

Collard Green Roll-Ups

Some of you may be a little skeptical that children could like collard greens wrapped around a filling. I admit that I was a little doubtful when I made these for two sisters several years ago. I was trying to find ways for them to eat more vegetables. I am not sure how this actually came about, but one day I was eating collard wraps and then the next day they were, too. Sometimes it really is that easy.

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Sauteed Garbanzo Beans

A mother I work for makes these garbanzo beans regularly for her two-year old daughter. They are super simple and very tasty. Continue reading

Mindful Eating for Children: Minimize Distractions

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”  Zen proverb

Minimize distractions.

Most of you will know exactly what I am talking about from just reading the title. However, I am going to add some examples just to get you thinking in a broader sense of all the ways distractions might be getting in the way of mindfulness. Continue reading

Fresh Salad Rolls

What could be more fun than eating a salad in a roll? A lot of children like to eat these even if they would never touch salad on a plate. For less adventurous eaters, make them with familiar items such as avocado, carrots, rice noodles and tofu. Add a fun dipping sauce and you have an easy way to sneak in more vegetables.

Older children love to make these, too. It’s a great way to involve them in making their own food and also a great slumber party activity. Continue reading