That's my advice to all of you young parents.
The older your kids get, the harder it'll be to change their eating habits.
I started young with my son, but my daughter was older when I tried to turn the tide with her. By then I met some intense resistance. As a teen, it's a whole new battle. Don't even get me started ....
Okay that's my two cents, inspired by this morning's breakfast battles.
On to my Mission Family Nutrition update.
Every person in my family is a picky eater. So when I can find something everyone likes, it is a major miracle of God.
My goal was to introduce a new vegetable. It was not successful. My kids would not try the tomatoes I offered to go with their Fajita Burgers this week. I know. Weird. Who doesn't like tomatoes?
All was not lost, though. I found a great new recipe -- easy and delicious -- that everyone loved. I got it from EatingWell.com. They've got a ton of awesome recipes!
Fennel & Chicken Flatbread
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 bulb fennel, quartered, cored and thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon chopped feathery tops for garnish
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, very thinly sliced crosswise
4 6-1/2-inch whole-wheat pitas, or eight 4-inch whole-wheat pitas
1 cup shredded provolone cheese
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1.Preheat oven to 500°F.
2.Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fennel and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook another 5 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
3.Place pitas on a baking sheet and top each with an equal portion of the chicken and vegetable mixture; sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Bake until the cheese melts and turns golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped fennel tops and serve warm.
Per serving (6 1/2-inch pita): 447 calories; 13 g fat (6 g sat, 4 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 10 g fiber; 660 mg sodium; 416 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (160% daily value), Vitamin A (35% dv), Calcium (25% dv).
If you'd like to participate in this week's Mission Family Nutrition challenge, here's all you do:
1.) Choose a nutrition goal for your family this week (cutting back on soda, trying a new recipe, etc.)
2.) Post it to your blog.
3.) Be sure to include my cute button (code is in the right sidebar) or a link back to this post.
4.)Leave your link to your post via Mister Linky below.
5.)Visit others who are participating in the challenge!
I will choose one participant at random to win a $10 Walmart Gift Card! And Em, I haven't forgotten to send your Target gift card. It's coming your way this weekend!