LIVER: the perfect food for picky eaters (and tired parents)

LIVER: the perfect food for picky eaters (and tired parents)

  Geesh. Being a Nutritionist comes with some guilt. I know I should be feeding my family super nutrient-dense foods like bone broth, organ meats, fermented veggies, etc.  However, I seem to stumble back to my safe place with our favourite foods. Don’t get me wrong, we eat really well (lots of veg, quality proteins, and very few packaged foods) but if I were being judged by fellow Holistic Nutritionists I might get a B+. If I know what I should be offering, why am I not doing it?  For lots of bad reasons… Mainly I’m unwilling to venture to the unknown.  I’m aware of the risk that organ meats and fermented veggies may not get eaten. My girls are adventurous however, these nutrient dense foods come with powerful flavours. But hold on!  My girls love olives, pickles, kombucha, and spicy sushi, which aren’t exactly mild tasting foods.  I told you my reasons were poor.  Naomi proved me wrong - here she is eating another piece of liver meatloaf (see below) with salad.  Mackenzie looks intrigued. Then the universe spoke to me… Not only was beef liver on sale at our local butcher Rowe Farms.  But I also stumbled on an article about organ meats.  Both in the same day. Whoa universe…I get the message! It was time to walk the “picky eating expert” talk.  Just as I ask other parents, I had to ask myself: how can kids learn to like {insert new food} if they don’t see or try them? It was time to add a few more things to our list of nutrient-dense foods - starting with good...
4 Ingredient Protein Powder Cookies

4 Ingredient Protein Powder Cookies

There’s something about recipes with less than 5 ingredients that really excites me. We just returned from yet another weekend away (you know how much we love being out and about).  After I unloaded a van full of stuff, I do what I always do.  Open my fridge door to check out the food situation, and it’s never pretty.  In this case, I had a half container of organic cherry tomatoes, a bag of carrots, eggs, mostly eaten tub of hummus, and two lonely avocados. I had some frozen entrees in my freezer (thank goodness!) from Farm to Table Meals. So we were fine for dinner and lunch box leftovers. It was the snack situation I needed to figure out. Quickly. Sienna has karate every Tuesday and Thursday right after school, and it’s critical she has something to nibble before she puts on her gi. If not, I’m dealing with irrational meltdowns…either because I didn’t tie her karate belt at the right angle, or I took off her left sock before her right one.  She will find something to tear up about with that satiating snack. And as you know, those snacks have to be balanced with protein and/or fat and fibre.  [p.s. Check out the Balanced Lunch Box Cheatsheet for mix and match ideas]. Given that I had unpacking to do, three bedtimes to manage, and another nutrition presentation to finalize, my window of ‘snack prep’ time was limited last night. So I pulled out the colouring books and gave Mackenzie a teether to chew on while I went into creative mode. Thanks to my list of healthy...