Once there was a family that ate dinner together every night but never actually ate together. The parents would have a home cooked meal while the children would eat a packaged "kid friendly" meal. Mom would cook something delicious for the majority but something else was prepared for the picky few. Does this sound familiar? Is there such a thing as "kid friendly" food?? Here at The Grain Market we believe food is food, there is not an age requirement for chia seeds or quinoa. Granola is not just for the mature palate. Here are a few helpful tips to help the whole family enjoy meal time together. First, do not create preconceived notions about what your younger eaters will eat. Offer everything at the table. Serve foods of all varieties! Second, do not cook separate meals. Everyone can find at least something on the table to enjoy. Even little taste tests count and will eventually turn into a new discovery of something loved. Third, create bowl options. Mexican quinoa bowls are a favorite. Start with quinoa and then top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives, corn, beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and crushed tortilla chips. Let each individual at the table make their own creation! You can do breakfast bowls, with yogurt and granola, lunch bowls with green smoothies and fresh fruit. Youngsters love the idea of making their own bowl masterpieces. Fourth, help young eaters be daring and adventurous. Bring home a small sample of sushi as an appetizer one night. Celebrate good grades with an Indian cuisine with traditional dishes and naan. Fifth, do not influence them with any opinions you might have. If you are not a fan of shrimp, do not let them know. Let them discover their own likes and dislikes in their own time. Good Luck!
Be Happy and Healthy!
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