Monday, January 17, 2011

healthiest foods

Around our house lately, Lukey has been obsessed with all things healthy. His mission: to become the fastest person in the whole world. Every food that crosses our table or his mind must be labeled and/or evaluated by its degree of healthiness. In fact, the other day he turned down a snack because it had sugar in it and replied "sugar isn't the healthiest thing for us Mommy!" Ummm, okay. That's my 5 year old telling his mommy that. Now before you go thinking he's the healthiest eater ever and that we've taken the fun out of his life by denying him sugar, we haven't. He knows all about moderation and just yesterday was begging us to eat lunch at a place with hotdogs---his still all time favorite food. The nutritional value of hotdogs have been fully disclosed to him, so his healthy habits kick in only on his own time-table.

I bring this up because I started perusing my new Real Simple magazine yesterday and there was a list of the 30 healthiest foods determined by dieticians and nutritionists across the country. Luke was thrilled to hear the list and we all sat around our den while I read aloud the list--we should have had a drum roll, but we didn't. Anyway, as I read the list, we came across many of our favorites. Blueberries, oranges, broccoli, avacados, almonds, spinach, kiwi, etc. BUT, there were several things on the list that we have never had or don't cook with. I'm wondering if you eat these. And, if you do, how? How do you prepare them or add them to your meals? Do your kids eat them? Here's the list that doesn't exist in our house. . .barley, quinoa, lentils, bulgur, kale, and chard. Sardines are also on the list, but even if you said you ate them, I just can't. So do tell me. . .!!


Kelly B said...

I love kale! It is seriously like my new fave veggie!

Anonymous said...

my kids love quinoa, and they eat chard and kale in smoothies n{but they don't know they do}. i know all about the healthy omega 3's in sardines, but like you, cannot do it!!!! so we take a natural, fish oil supplement!


Amy said...

We have just started have roasted kale with dinner in the winter - its like eating chips for Celia. I haven't perfected the roasting but its still on our menu of options.

Domestic Kate said...

Quinoa is great! And they sell big bags of it at Costco. I make a pilaf, and everyone likes it. The kidlet pretty much thinks it's rice.

Totally with ya on the sardines. No way.

Anonymous said...

we occasionally eat kale in a soup recipe that is supposed to be like one at olive garden with sausage, kale, potatoes...very delicious!

and we do also occasionally eat lentils in this recipe:
"baked lentils"
1 3/4 c. lentils (rinsed)
2 c. water
2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. poultry seasoning (thyme, sage, marjoram)
1 bayleaf
2 cloves garlic
1 onion, chopped
2 c. diced tomatoes
bake in 9x13 pan covered @ 350 for 30 mins, then add:
1/2 c. thinly sliced carrots
1/2 c. thinly sliced celery
cover and bake 40 mins more; after removing from oven, sprinkle with shredded cheddar

~jenni blodgett


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