Tuesday, December 6, 2011


My children's dietary habits are so poor, sometimes I am afraid they are going to develop Rickets, Scurvy or Beriberi.

Here's what the Big Boy ate yesterday:

Waffles (at least they are homemade, whole wheat, with added flax)
Graham crackers
Toast (2 pieces for lunch and 2 pieces for dinner)
More milk
Cheese stick
fairy dust

The Wee One isn't much better. He subsists on breakfast, snacks, fruit, hummus, and macaroni-and-cheese.

In a fit of nutritional frustration this weekend I decided to try the sneaky nutrition recommended in Deceptively Delicious.

It involves the creation of a variety of vegetable purees.

Pumpkin, cauliflower, winter squash, broccoli, carrot, and beet. 

Half for the fridge and half for the freezer.

It's "Jamaican me crazy" from Bruster's, if you must know.
Coconut ice cream with chocolate covered almonds.
Now, back to the nutrition.

In truth, my purees are not as smooth as I would desire. Broccoli, carrot, and cauliflower retain a slight fibrous quality, even after an extended period of time in the food processor. The best results came from canned pumpkin (no work required), frozen winter squash (simply thaw), and canned beets (canned in water with no salt).

As far as tricking the children....

Cauliflower and margarine on this toast. 

There's broccoli in this hummus. 

I have to admit it's fairly successful. 

The secret is to keep the volume of vegetable very small. 

So there you have it. Sneaky nutrition. 

Why did my grandmother not have to sneak vegetables into her children? With 6 kids, did she just not care if one got Scurvy?

1 comment:

  1. i can explain nana's nutrition ..with 6 kids you ate anything that past by you slowly or you did not get anything..it is survival of the fitest ..there was only one that did not like the veggies and that was middle aunt..and she survived like the boys on hummus and stuff that she could fight for..the boys will get to nutrition they are now just taking advantage of a very creative mom..have a great day kisses to everyone..