Chelsea Kaplan’s Musings About Life... After Birth
Posted by Chelsea on July 22, 2007
Though The Momtourage and I are quite the gang of supermoms (more on that later this week), getting our kids to eat vegetables is, without question, our kryptonite. While I’d love to blame it on the omnipresence of chicken fingers, pizza and mac and cheese in kids cuisine, I kinda think it’s because a lot of vegetables - a least ones not sautéed in butter and garlic and topped with lemon juice - just don’t taste all that good. Though I love vegetables, I can sort of understand it.
To address this issue, we’ve tried all sorts of creative ideas. Momtourage member Melissa’s first plan of attack was to sneak vegetables in to quesadillas, a tactic I later employed and which worked like a charm until my son overdosed on quesadillas. I next tried chopping up broccoli and sneaking it into mashed potatoes, which worked well until one day my son held up a spoonful and disapprovingly screamed “Green mashed po-tay-TOES!!!???!!” (translation:“Who the hell do you think you’re kidding, woman? I came from your uterus, not the dumbass farm!”), and that was it. Momtourage member Alison told me last week that her twins like frozen peas; the crunch tricks them into thinking peas are fun and good. I’ve yet to try that one, but trust me, I will.
Luckily, there is one option that my son has always loved and has never tired of: Dr. Praeger’s Homestyle Spinach Pancakes. These all-natural spinach patties (ingredients are as follows: Spinach, Potatoes, Onions, Egg Whites, Oat Bran, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Arrowroot, Salt, Garlic, Pepper and All Natural Vegetable Gum), were originally recommended to me by Momtourage member Lauren, and I gotta say, they are seriously GOOD. Think potato pancakes, but with spinach. You can get them at Whole Foods and I imagine other natural or even mass-market stores that stock healthy food, and they cost roughly $4 for a box. They also come in traditional potato variety as well as a broccoli variety, but in my house, the spinach ones are the biggest hit, which is cool, because they also have the greatest nutritional value.
So, if you have a home full of noodle and cheerio addicts, take this advice go and hook your family up with some Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Pancakes - you may succeed in actually getting your kids to consume something that’s not beige.
Click on the icon below to get The Momtourage™ content updates through your feed reader whenever we update our site.
- The Kiefer Cottage
Meet the Kiefers: a quirky, lovable family of five on a quest to transform their 1940s Kansas City bungalow into the house of their dreams. The budget is small, the dreams are big, the creativity is inspiring. Check them out - you can thank us later. Happy reading, everybody!
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® All Purpose Cleaner
I don't understand gals who claim to loooove cleaning. That said, I do get a certain joy from using Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® All Purpose Cleaner to care for my home. You can't lose with this stuff...it is hard-working & earth-friendly, and will leave your abode smelling like a day spa instead of a chemical spill. Try Lemon Verbena in the kitchen and Basil in the bathroom. At only $7.99 a bottle, you can afford to pick up both!
- True Blood
Um, does this even need a caption? Doubtful, but let me just say that this is the hottest hour on television. Vampires are seriously sexy (especially Eric), and on this show you get to see a lot of them--if you get what I mean. Put the kids to bed and flip the channel to HBO on Sundays at 9 p.m. to taste the fun that is True Blood.
- Valentino Bow Thong Sandals
So comfy and feminine, I know I'd wear them all summer. But dang, that much money for jellies? Possibly worth the splurge. $275, nordstrom.com
- New Balance Kids’ Sneakers in wide sizes
My boys have wide feet, which means finding cute shoes for them is tough. These, however, rock. Prices vary, visit nbwebexpress.com to purchase.
- Zoya “Laurie” Nail Polish
This sheer pink polish is, without question, the PERFECT nude pink. Plus, the polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate (read: yucky crap that isn't really safe for prego gals). $6, enailsupply.com.
- A response to Ron Clark’s “What teachers really want to tell parents”
- Apparently My Husband Thinks in Sci-Fi
- Monday Again?
- The Momtourage Remembers
- How to Sound Smarter When You Write: Free Lesson
- What Should Your Child Know? Spot On Wisdom.
- Hurricane prep you might not have considered…...
- How to Lose a Guy in Nine Ways (Ideas you just might want to pass on to your daughters!)
- Mommy Merit Badges
- Ask the Experts
- Mother's Day
- Blog stuff
- Life in the 'Hood
- Contests and Giveaways
- DC Stuff
- Election 2008
- Environmental Awareness
- Funny Stuff
- Health and Safety
- In the News
- Interesting Articles
- Kidding Around
- Monday Mom Must-Haves
- My Boys
- New Baby
- New York City
- Parents Who Rock
- Pop Culture Commentary
- Radio Appearances
- Stuff for Baby
- Television Commentary
- The Madness of Motherhood