You know, as we approach fall and the harvest season, I find myself pondering a question: how do we get our children to eat healthy? It’s a dilemma many parents face, dealing with picky eaters who would gladly choose pizza or chicken nuggets over a nutritious meal any day. But I’m not sure about the notion that we need ‘healthy alternatives’ to staples like hamburgers or chicken nuggets.
Let’s talk about hamburgers. To me, a well-made hamburger is a work of art. I choose high-quality, grass-fed ground beef and load it up with all sorts of veggies – lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. I skip the bun; after all, bread isn’t the healthiest choice. It’s strange to think that some label this as unhealthy. When done right, a hamburger is a wholesome meal in itself.
Then there’s the curious case of chicken nuggets. People blame meat for their unhealthiness, but in reality, the meat in those nuggets is probably the healthiest part. I’m bemused by the popularity of ‘vegetarian chicken nuggets,’ a concept that seems counterintuitive. Why not opt for a simple, well-cooked chicken breast or thigh? Season it lightly, bake it gently, and voila, you have a nutritious dish that kids surprisingly enjoy.
I’ve found that the key to getting kids to eat healthier lies in simplicity. Cook foods low and slow, making them soft and palatable. A dash of seasoning and perhaps a bit of butter can work wonders. Instead of demonizing certain foods, I teach my kids about balance. I explain that items like chicken nuggets or fast food are ‘sometimes foods,’ meant for occasional indulgence, not daily consumption.
So, my fellow parents, let’s embrace whole foods. Let’s not complicate our meals with processed substitutes. A well-cooked, simple meal can do wonders for our children’s health and taste buds. As I sign off for today, I encourage you all to experiment with cooking, keep it straightforward, and watch your kids embrace the wholesome goodness of real food. Until next time, happy and healthy eating!