How to add greens and more greens to fried rice

Stuff a couple of peas in fried rice as the daily greens!  Here is how I pack broccoli and kale into my boys’ dinner.
Basically the principle being – when you’re introducing a new food, you might as well dress it up well.  Not so they don’t notice it, but make it too good to knock back.
IMG_9532[1]First steps are making sure the boys accept the greens easily (they did).  Then my future aim is for cauliflower rice instead of any rice (cauliflower being more nutrient dense than rice).  Usually I go against tradition and use brown rice but didn’t have enough so I used basmati rice, next best option.
Of course you can add other veges or meat and herbs of which we had none today.

Does anyone else have some healthy and delicious ways with fried rice?

My wee goes purple?!!

Tonight’s challenge for Master 3 – try the beetroot/carrot/coriander salad…’Negative first reaction’ took hold so I helped him by:
– modelling eating it
– showing my ‘cool purple’ tongue (by this stage he’s reaching for the spoon)
– and then I went for it knowing he was about to have a first taste – ‘did you know that if you eat enough beetroot, you can have purple wee?’ (and he took MOUTHFULS!)

We then discussed how the purple goes all the way through our body and comes out through the bladder/penis. A little bit of science for a lot of beetroot! Hooray!
ps – the water was to encourage some purple wee..

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Getting your child off to the best start – breakfast

delicious and nutritious...

delicious and nutritious…

What does your child eat for breakfast?  Have you looked at the ingredient list of the cereal?  How much does it cost?  How many nutrients do they get out of vegemite toast?  How much salt, sugar and preservatives are in their breakfast?

Have you thought about using a plain and economical cereal (for example, porridge, weetbix) and adding some ‘super foods’?

It might be porridge with a dash of coconut milk and banana or weetbix with cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.  It is fun for your child to choose each morning!

It just takes buying these ingredients and finding a container to store the coconut milk in and you’re ready to go.  [Note: organic coconut, blueberries and cinnamon are definitely best as chemicals in these might be undoing the ‘super’ food factor.]

Talk to your child about the benefits of these foods:

Banana

– they make us feel happy

– they give us energy

– they help us to pay attention to learn

Coconut milk

(whilst there is some contradictory opinions on the benefits of coconut milk, it appears the most recent thoughts are completely positive for coconut milk.  Please make your own decisions!)

Coconut milk and breast milk are similar in regards to their pH levels, nutrient content and fat content.  Because of this, the body can metabolize the fat faster to promote better bone health and brain development.

– helps to fight germs in our body

– gives us energy that we can use all day

Pumpkin seeds/pepitas

– they help to keep us calm and sleep well at night

– they keep our hearts healthy

Blueberries

– they build our immunity, to keep us healthy and keep away colds

– they are good for our intestines, which help break down our food

Probiotics

– the good ‘bugs’ that help our intestines to stay healthy and keep the colds away

– help to clear eczema and allergies by protecting our intestines

Cinnamon

– helps our brain to think and remember

– clears out the bad ‘bugs’ in our body

This is just the beginning in being creative + healthy!