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Alison Anton's Natural Cooking Blog offers healthy recipes, inspirational food articles and culinary advice for the natural chef, and features dessert recipes from her upcoming cookbook, Desserts for Every Body.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Healthy Kids - Give 'Em Choices

“Would you like carrots, corn or beets for our vegetable tonight?”

Having kids choose between 2-3 kinds of vegetables can help foster self-esteem by giving them a role to play in the preparation of their meals. This gives them a certain boundary ("we're definitely having vegetables") yet enables them to choose for themselves from what has been offered.

Kids usually have a good intuitive sense of what their bodies want - forcing them to eat something they don't want can have a negative effect in the long run, defeating the purpose altogether. The ultimate goal should be to spark a positive association with healthy food at an early age; allowing kids to have a say in the matter can do the trick. Even a two year old can decide between carrots and beets!

RECIPE:

Glazed Butter Babies [print recipe]
Yield: 6 kid-sized servings

These sweet and tender bite-sized carrots have a glossy glaze that's sure to entice even the most finicky eaters.

2 tablespoons ghee or butter
1/2 pound baby carrots
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Heat the buttter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the carrots, orange juice, maple syrup and salt. Cook for 15 minutes, until the carrots are very tender.

Whisk the arrowroot with a teaspoon of water in a small dish. Slowly pour the paste into the carrots, stirring as you pour. Cook another 3 minutes, until the liquid thickens slightly to make a glossy glaze. Serve warm.

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