Today we had Noah’s friend Charlie round to play and he was here over lunch time. Noah absolutely loves vegetables and they make up the main part of our diet.
When he has friend’s over I am never quite sure how it will go if I present them with the quantity of vegetables that we eat!
But today with Charlie we went for it. We chopped up carrots, spring onions, peppers and added a tin of chopped tomatoes to the pan. Then we cooked the veg until it was soft and whizzed it up in the blender.
The boys pushed the buttons and I held the lid on. We then mixed the sauce with their choice of pasta and they both settled down to eat masses of it!
For pudding we made a raspberry milkshake with the fruit they had picked from the garden. And then for snacks they spread jam on rice cakes and added some dairy free chocolate as a topping.
It was a really nice experience for me and for them. It made lunch fun.
It got me thinking that including our children in making the food that they eat is really important. When they see the process of adding and mixing ingredients they get a real appreciation for it.
I remember the days of weaning Noah and spending ages making food for him only to find that he refused to open his mouth! There was nothing more frustrating. That was not fun!
Now he is older I can include him in the choices that we make and the work that goes into it, we both love the end product.
Appreciating our food and making it an enjoyable part of life is a great way to make sure that we make good choices and that we savour every mouthful. So many of us grow up eating too fast and eating when we are distracted. Being more Mindful about eating is such a great change to make.
Including your child in your changes can set them up with a great attitude to food which will last them a lifetime.
To get started with Mindful Eating book a Revitalise Session. You will love the difference that you can make to the way you live.