One of my big dilemmas is can I feed my kids healthy nutritious food without them declaring war on me.
Sadly we are not one of those families where all family members are happy environmentalist vegans who recycle all day long and play outside with their organic rabbits.
I wish we were.
My family is an omnivore family. sometimes I think they are plain carnivores. meat, chicken, dairy, and eggs are definitely on the menu. all.the .time.
There is no way I can change their minds, and declaring war on my family is not my thing, so I learned to accept them- and since I am the house cook – I prepare all meals including the beef stews, chicken breasts, omelets, and dairy ice cream, and cakes.
I am dreaming of the day they will come to their senses and see the light, but until then- I cook everything.
I don’t taste the food as cooking- so I rely on my instincts and hope for the best.
But all this tolerance and love&peace method doesn’t mean I don’t sneak tasty vegan food all the time -without declaring the fact out loud for fear of it suddenly losing its appeal. (yes this is how sad they are).
one very effective way to get them to eat vegan+healthy food was to introduce vegan food as snacks.
here are the sweet snacks-
Medjool dates with/without raw tahini drizzled on it, almonds, apple slices with cinnamon sprinkled on it, banana “nice cream” with chia seeds sprinkled on it, and walnuts.
and here are the savory snacks-
green peppers, cucumber slices, toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, baked chickpeas, and air-popped popcorn.
*I bought one of those designated air pop popcorn machines back in my non-frugal -not a minimalist at all days, and I’m glad I let it survive the grand declutter 2 years ago-popcorn is a simple and healthy snack as long as it’s air-popped and not drizzled with any kind of oily substance or sprinkled with heaps of salt.
I can report that so far so good- though they do like the dairy homemade ice cream I make them I figure it is the lesser of two evils since it is homemade-speaking from the healthy point of view of course.
another trick of mine are these-
they love them and when paired with a salad- win for vegan.
I’d love to hear what the situation is in your household.
ciao- the cooliflower.