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Shaun will be turning nine years old in March, 2011, and I became a part of his family last autumn. I am now responsible for making most of his meals throughout the day. Like most kids his age, he's opinionated about what he wants and does not want to eat, and his preferences are strongly affected by what he was fed when he was younger, what he sees on t.v., which foods he thinks of as "fun", etc.
The challenges of encouraging older children like Shaun to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables are very different from the challenges faced by those of you with infants and toddlers. You can follow the links on the right of this page for info about infants and children of all ages.
That being said, there are many different kinds of fresh and raw foods that Shaun enjoys and asks for, as you can see from the list below. The only food I regularly cajole him to eat is a small salad with dinner. Shaun is very creative and loves to come up with his own fruit smoothie recipes. I have included one of his recent favorites below.
Raw foods that Shaun enjoys:
- Fresh fruit, including bananas, oranges, kiwi, and strawberries
- Frozen mango chunks and berries
- Dried apple slices
- Fruit smoothies, preferably with greens blended in
- Fresh young coconut water and meat
- Large organic carrots
- Seaweed salad
- "Nori Crunchies" from my Green Magic book
Shaun's After School Special Smoothie:
- 1 whole orange, peeled
- 1/2 apple
- A handful of grapes
- A handful of mixed frozen berries
- 1/2 cup chopped honeydew melon
- 1 tsp raw honey
- Water to blend
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Pure Energy Publishing, Seattle, WA
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