Saturday, September 1, 2012
A Beautiful Pea Green Boat
I can't see a green pepper without thinking of "The Owl and the Pussy Cat." You may think that's strange, but after reading this post you'll understand. Most children are picky eaters, preferring sweets to any other taste, but it's very logical since the first food they eat is mommy milk. Human milk, in case you don't remember, tastes so sweet you would swear someone poured in some sugar. Considering the bonding and joy the whole life-giving process of nursing gives, there's no wonder children prefer sweets.
Since we know humans need vegetables to have a balanced diet we have to figure ways to get kids to eat them. We can hide them in a casserole or make them seem to be something they're not. I prefer the latter. I have a creative granddaughter who loves poems, songs, and anything that rhymes. She has several Mother Goose and children's traditional song books. These are her favorites and She loves the poem "The Owl and The Pussy Cat." It begins, "The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. They took some honey and lots of money wrapped up in a five pound note..."
From reading this rhyme we quickly jump to lunch and vegetables. The princess eagerly accepts "A beautiful pea green boat" made of half a green pepper with oars made from two slices of the remaining side of the pepper. We fill the boat with a scoop of humus and add cucumber slices (money). You can also create miniature docks out of whole grain crackers!
Your children will eat a healthy snack without even realizing it if you use your imagination to create meals. Add a figurine of an owl and a cat if you have one. Try other peppers--yellow, red or orange. How about some carrots or celery? Have you got a recipe to get children to eat vegetables? Tell us about it!