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A Day of Berries and Beets!

Posted Apr 11 2012 7:17am

I meant to set aside some time and write an informative post yesterday or today–and maybe I’ll have time later–but I’m caught up in things with my friend and her kids (I didn’t know they were going to be on spring break this week from school/work—I thought I’d be alone working all morning everyday), and I do know that other people in the world are out living life rather than in front of the computer all the time (especially when you live somewhere where the sun shines and it’s warm outside)!

I thought I’d check in anyway and say hello.

One of the kids had a play date yesterday, so Jena and I took her daughter Dylan to the strawberry patch, and we also bought some veggies. It was pretty aimless and enjoyable.


 

Before we left, Dylan climbed up on this chair and just kept reaching for the veggies, and then smelling them as if they were flowers. It was pretty funny. The great thing about this baby (she’ll be 2 in September) is that she’s been eating greens and healthy foods all along—her dinner was spinach smooshed up into balls with goat cheese…and salmon. And she loved it. I kinda wanted the goat cheese/spinach balls myself!

Jena and I roasted the beets and made salad, and then we walked to a cuban restaurant (that actually had grass fed local beef!) and chatted for a few hours.

 

Beets and goat cheese salad with a vinaigrette is one of my faves. If you haven’t roasted beets, try it! Just cut the stems off (but don’t cut into the beet itself), wrap it in tin foil, and put in the oven on 350 for an hour. Unwrap, and rub the skin of with a paper towel–it slides right off. Let the beets cool just to room temp, and then put them on greens with goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette (we didn’t have any walnuts). Beets are sweet—-and now that I don’t eat many sweet foods, they taste even sweeter—it’s kind of like dessert. Ha. They’re high in phytochemicals, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber… and if cooked right, they taste good too.

I hope you’re having a great week with great weather!

If you have kids, do they eat veggies and healthy foods like salmon? 

Did you eat healthy foods as a kid? I usually tell my clients who are parents about studies that have shown that although kids usually depart from healthy habits during times like adolescence and college years, if they were brought up in a home where healthy foods were eaten consistently, they are much more likely to return to healthy habits as adults. Is this the case with you or people you know?

 

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