Banana Car

Peaches, Bananas, Raspberries and Strawberries; Eat em’ all before they drive off!  You might still catch a few sweet, tasty ones from the last harvest of the season.

Banana Car

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Banana Car

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Banana Car

Scrumptious.

Banana Car

When I was a kid I was a very picky eater and a slow one at best.  I remember sitting endlessly in front of a plate while my grandmother repeated over and over that I couldn’t get up until I finished.  She said it was bad manners to eat while holding your head with an elbow on the table.  That was me – every parent’s nightmare.  My thoughts on food (everything besides chocolate, candy and seafood) – boring.

Yet as an adult I love food.  I am not sure when that changed but it did.  I am probably not the only one.   I’ll bet a lot of us who were picky eaters as kids, are no longer picky.  Perhaps the change happens when you start cooking your own food.  Then you really learn to enjoy the whole process.

I don’t know what the formula is, but whatever it is, it seems to be working because I have 2 lovely kids and both of them love eating, and eating, and eating. My (almost) 3-year-old toddler loves to sit in the kitchen and (pretend to) cook with me. And my 10-month-old baby basically eats anything you put in front of him.

Nevertheless I don’t take any of it for granted.   Every day I get up and try to make meals fun, tasty and healthy. Pinterest is a great gateway for inspiration. Teaching your children how to pick fruits & vegetables, chop them, play with them, smell them, and ultimately taste them never goes unrewarded.

Take your kids to the farmers market, enjoy the beautiful displays of fruits and vegetables.  Let them enjoy the samples, and have them pick the fruits and vegetables they want – otherwise known as the power of choice.  Let them in on the harvest seasons.  Get excited when summer arrives and the strawberries and peaches are at their best!  Share spices when you cook with them – introduce your children to all the smells and flavors they give.  If you enjoy the time you spend in the kitchen, odds are your children will enjoy it too.  Don’t impose food as a must.  Find ways to make them enjoy eating too!