When I had napping infants in the house, I would prep our meals during nap time. I would pick the quietest cutting board and use just enough pressure on the knife to make the least amount of noise possible. The ability to eat a normal meal was banking on nap time. An interruption meant we’d be forced to settle for toast or just starve in our new parent exhaustion.
Now that naps are winding down at our house, and were out of the diaper stage, my nearly silent cutting board has a new super power. It seems that anything prepped within eye shot has a magnetic force, drawing hungry children in. They want to try… diced tomato, fresh mushroom, and onion. Sometimes, I have to get creative with the food names. Sweet potatoes get called yams, which satisfies the little girl in our house who wrinkles her nose at a russet. Delcata squash becomes moon fruit (reaching, I know, but it worked!). Raw zucchini is a cucumber cousin.
Meal prep time has become a time that I welcome interruptions from the littles in our home, because it means no one is getting hounded at the table about eating vegetables. They’ve already sampled everything on the menu that day. While waiting for meal time, I will let them make their own salads or put a plate of “appetizers” on the table, which sounds fancier than it is- think baby carrots with hummus.
Here at Integrative Family Medicine, we’re not perfect, we’re muddling through this health journey right along with you! What are some ways you’ve encouraged your family to eat healthier?
Sara Lynn, RN, BSN
“If you don’t invest in your health, no one else will.”