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Are your kids finicky eaters?

I still recall how my now 16 year old daughter would spit out anything that was remotely green. She seemed to sense that her meal might have broccoli, Brussel sprouts, peas, french beans, snow peas or anything else. Fast forward to today and she doesn’t spit out her greens but pushes them aside on her plate, never in a pile but artfully all over the plate so that it seems like at least she made an effort to eat SOME greens. My son, who is almost 12 now, is not a finicky eater and he’ll try something at least once, unlike my daughter who will start snubbing something just because she doesn’t like its name or the way it looks or is cooked.

I came across this article the other day. It’s by Mandy Mazliah and she recounts her way of dealing with finicky eaters. I’ve extracted the eight positive ways she has shared. Do check out her blog and the original article for more. You’ll be sure to bookmark it and refer to it often!

All the best with the finicky eaters! I’ve given up on my teen. If anyone has any tips, please share them.

Here are eight positive things you can try: Mandy Mazliah

  1. Eat with your child. Let them see you enjoying the same meal without making a fuss about it.
  2. Cut back on snacks – being hungry for meals can make a real difference.
  3. If you do offer snacks, make them count towards their five a day. See my blog Sneaky Veg for ideas.
  4. Don’t offer alternatives. It’s hard to let your child leave the table when they haven’t eaten anything but if they know that they’ll get a slice of toast or a banana if they refuse their meal then they’ll often hold out for that.
  5. Don’t use dessert as a reward.
  6. Make mealtimes positive. Take away the pressure and let them choose how much to eat.
  7. Eat with friends – perhaps at school or nursery or on a play date at home.
  8. And remember, every small step is a positive step.

For more on the original write up, kindly click on the link below.

How I relaxed about my child’s picky eating and why you should too

Healthy scrambled egg

I get bored of eating healthy food because I’ve always felt it’s the same few ingredients that you get saturated with but clearly it’s just been in my mind. I take a packed lunch to work and I made this yummy egg to have with rice cakes. It literally took me five minutes to put it together with minimum ingredients and fuss. 
Ingredients:

1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt & pepper 

Handful of baby kale, chopped 

4 mushrooms, chopped 

Spring onion, chopped 

Pinch of minced garlic (optional)

Method:

Use cooking spray in a non-stick pan to lightly coat it. Throw in the spring onions, garlic, mushrooms and kale. On medium heat cook lightly for a minute then add beaten egg and stir until completely cooked. 

There! That’s all! Easy isn’t it? I had it with rice cakes. 

Let me know if you’ve tried this and if you’ve got other healthy variations. 

Spicy Mango and Pomegranate Salad

They say lettuce is just crunchy water. I’m going through some clean eating and changing my diet to reflect on the healthy lifestyle I embarked on very recently after years of not looking after myself.

Here’s a yummy salad recipe that I just had for lunch. It’s easy to make and I sourced the ingredients from my green grocer.
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Ingredients:

2 sweet, ripe mangoes

1/2 cup shelled pomegranate seeds

3 sprigs coriander, finely chopped

2 sprigs spring onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder to taste ( or a dash of Tabasco will do as well)

Method:

Simply mix everything together and enjoy. I refrigerated mine so it tasted really delicious cold.

 

I owe a public apology to Valentine Njoroge and Andrea Bohnstedt.

 

Let me start from the top. For many years, I’ve abused my body and not looked after myself. The scales have tipped to gasp-inducing digits that one day I finally sat down aghast at what was going on with my life and decided to take control of it. For many years, in fact for as long as I have known both these lovely ladies, they’ve always heard me whine about my weight and then suggested that I try out yoga. Both told me it would be great for me and it’s not as strenuous as pounding the pavement.

I have always brushed them off and laughed at them. To me, people who do yoga always make it their mission in life to tell others to do yoga. I’d laugh at their yoga mats, their dedication, their social media posts about yoga and add my cheeky comments and now, I finally owe both of them an apology.

Yoga

I went for my first yoga class last month and guess what. Yes. I totally enjoyed it. It was very awkward to try all those postures and stretches in the first class but as time has gone on, I must say I’m becoming slightly better and much more flexible than I was ever in my entire life.

I do yoga with some amazing ladies and a great instructor. They have a class at the gym where I work out at and I’ve often stood outside the glass doors where the water cooler is watching people inside sweating it out. Then I’d promptly walk away from there and settle my disturbed soul with a plate of paneer samosas.

Image - tarladalal.com
Image – tarladalal.com

I’m glad my attitude has changed and I’m really glad that I’m finally taking this yoga class. I have even mad a commitment by buying myself a nice blue yoga mat and surprise surprise! I have even started doing a few yoga stretches at home along with the deep breathing that is indeed, very calming.

Even though the ladies in my class have been coming for the class way longer than I have and they know all the moves and names of the positions and stretches, not once did I feel stupid or out of place. They are very encouraging and no one has that condescending air about them that they are far more superior. Even the yoga teacher is a fabulous guy who is encouraging and very helpful indeed.

You don’t need fancy outfits or expensive gym shoes to be able to do yoga. You don’t need to go buy yoga pants or tops. I just work out in regular leggings and a tshirt, but that’s mostly because I’d look horrid in those tight spandex and lycra working out gear. For now. The aim is feel good, then work even harder on looking good.

So Andrea and Valentine, I apologise to both of you for poking fun at you. Thank you for not unfriending me or blocking me in real life or on social media. Yoga date soon, ok?

Juicing Culture and Smoothie Mania

Juicing

I’m almost always the last one to jump onto any bandwagon that involves health. Not because I’m dragging my feet but because I don’t get to find out the benefits of something until it’s late in the day. Well, better late than never, I always say and so I jumped on with great aplomb as of last week onto this culture that allows you to blend your vegetables to liquid and drink them up instead of forcing them down your throat.

I’ll tell you the first advantage that comes to mind – I’m not over seasoning or adding sauces, gravies or other such things to make the vegetables more palatable. To me, cauliflower meant it had to be baked in a cheese sauce and vegetables could be stir-fried but what use were they if they weren’t drowning in a cocktail of sauces?

I’ve been following my two friends Naomi Mutheu and Rita Morar on their Instagram accounts and every now and then they’ll post pictures of ingredients of very healthy looking stuff, stick it in a blender and serve up the result and post a picture of it. It was as simple as that, really. Blend together all these ingredients and allow your body to become healthier. I’d mentally make a note of trying it out some day. I have the blender, the vegetables and fruits are bought every week, so what was stopping me from putting them into the blender’s jug, hitting the button and drinking up the result? Sheer laziness.

Mixed berry smoothie

I admit I can be very lazy at times. I’ve often been told off by a loved one that my whole life run likes clockwork, I’m meticulous about my kids upbringing, my home and my work so why can’t I show the same passion for my own health? It was a wake up call indeed. In the past it’s always been attempts started off with great steam and then somehow, due to sheer laziness, it fizzles out and the get up and go just got up and went.

I have started on this juicing culture without making great big promises to myself. Small changes always help in making bigger ones so one step at a time. Out with unhealthy snacking; in fact I have stopped buying rubbish snacks to avoid temptation completely and am actually enjoying the juices and smoothies I’m making at home. Also I’m trying hard not to Instagram, Tweet and Facebook everything I make but on second thoughts, if I did that, the vain person in me might rear her head seeing that people actually like, appreciate and even suggest recipes.

Right. That settles that. I think I shall start posting pictures of my smoothies and juices on my social media if only to keep myself inspired, but also hopefully inspiring others to jump onto this health bandwagon that I am on, all inspired by Naomi who is in Kenya and Rita who is a singer in the UK.

Thanks girls! Here is a toast of kales, carrot, cucumber, red cabbage, mint, lime juice and apple to your inspiration.

Glass of mixed veggies

Get a flat belly fast! (No it’s NOT spam!)

Right! I’m not sure if this works but it doesn’t seem poisonous and the ingredients aren’t from a laboratory so I think I’m going to give it a shot. Hopefully I will have nothing but fat to lose!
I got the recipe from here.

 

health drink

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 slice of Durian
  • 30 g fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 handfull mint
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 slice of world-weary chicken
  • 1/2 glass of lukewarm water

Preparation:

Dice the avocado and blend it well with the rest of the ingredients (wash both mint and parsley). Blend on the highest speed. Shortly before the end add ginger and honey and continue blending until you get a smooth texture.  Talk to the chicken to get some advice.

Drink this cocktail in the morning before your breakfast.
It is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This cocktail gives you a feeling of freshness and helps you talk smoother and recover faster.

– See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/get-flat-stomach-this-delicious-drink-can-help-blast-your-belly-fat/

Smoothie recipe

Rita Morar is a singer and songwriter, and my Facebook friend! Every now and then Rita posts pictures of yummy looking ingredients that she puts together to create healthy smoothies. The juicing culture is huge these days and I thought I’d share some of Rita’s recipes every now and then. Rita is also on Twitter.

 

#InMySmoothie today:
Spinach and water blended with fresh ginger and manuka honey.
Then added added mango, blueberries and half a melon. Yummmm . Happy Monday xx

Put them together for a delicious and healthy smoothie!
Put them together for a delicious and healthy smoothie!