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Healthy Recipes for Kids: Who wants to be Peter Pan?

Posted Mar 11 2010 5:28am


Introduction

To most of us, George Carlin was a genius. To others, he was condescendingly abrasive with his views on social issues that according to him, had a crossed a line of fetishism (non-erotic, of course) that was deemed unhealthy.

Strangely enough, his seemingly flawless logic and rebellious wit covered every issue in America (especially, the ones that people wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole) during his time.

And in this case, his rant about how children get far too much attention comes to mind, leaving you to think about whether kids today are really all that spoilt.

Evidently though, he did make good points in this regard which leaves us with two options: We can agree rather grudgingly (because it really points to parenting) or just agree anyways.

However, if one is a parent (and I'm not!) or is close to his/ her parents, it's not too hard to see why. Every responsible parent would hurt twice as much to see his or her son or daughter suffer. There seems to be this invisible 'umbilical cord' that began during conception and will last for a lifetime between parent and child, and perhaps this is the reason why parents wish to give their kids everything that they possibly can, even if it means spoiling them.

Perhaps the reason why George said what he said was because he wanted kids to acquire a 'toughness' that would only prepare them for the real world when Mom and Dad weren't around. Who knows?

Parenting and the Basics

But you know what? I would take parents like these any day compared to those who take undue credit for giving their kids JUST the basics (such as food, clothing and shelter) to get by.

Almost everyone knows how important it is for kids to eat healthy (as opposed to kids on the streets of Brazil who have to sniff glue in order to quell their hunger). There's no doubt about this as these habits taught will last way past their time into adulthood and possibly give them an edge over their not-so-cognizant peers.

And we all know how as kids we just didn't want to eat those veggies even though Mom insisted that we did. Nor can we forget the tricks that she had to come up with for us to swallow that 'bitter pill', if you know what I mean. Some things never change… do they? Kids will be kids!

But perhaps if we did make healthy food fun and tasty enough for kids, then this habit could be inculcated into them. So here are some recipes that made my mouth water even though are so many of them available on the internet:

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Breakfast

Option 1: Bisquick Pumpkin Pancakes

Option 2: Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar

Lunch

Option 1: Baked Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Option 2: Corn Dogs

Dinner

Option 1: Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

Option 2: Easy Shepherd Pie

Snacks

Options: Fresh fruit, dairy product based delights like smoothies, pudding, yoghurt etc., dried fruits, raw veggies with low-fat dip or dressing and the 'mother' of them all, popsicles with 100 % fruit juice

In Closing

Perhaps it is in the very nature of kids to be self-indulgent, and since there is a child in all of us, it's obvious as adults that we haven't mastered the art of  self-restraint so even though this piece of writing might inspire you to inculcate healthier ways, it's better to go easy on them kids as most of us will never get to be Peter Pan!

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