Did you ever have someone you love, with a toddler or two, who wasn’t teaching good nutrition by example to their children? Well, I did.
I would drop by the family and notice the kids were eating packaged mac & cheese, not a green vegetable in sight. Not my place to criticize how someone else feeds their family, that’s a real non-starter, so I had to come up with another approach.
I told them I was bored and lonely and missed cooking, and I offered to cook all the meals for their children, deliver all the food on Monday morning, paid for all the food (all organic of course), consulted the parents about what the children liked and disliked, and basically spent every Sunday cooking for 3 months.
The children got hooked on healthy, organic food. The parents started tasting the food and liked it too. They were embarassed taking all this food from me, so they started cooking it themselves and it just gradually transitioned into them preparing healthy food themselves.
I consider it a success, not for me, but for the difference it will make in the kids lives – forever. Comfort food for grown ups is the food they ate a children, so I think it makes a lifetime of healthy eating by getting kids to love big fruit salads, chopped salads, turkey chili, whole wheat quesadillas, whole grain enchiladas, and vegetable lasagna and baked apples.
Try it for a young couple you know who is exhausted and doesn’t have time to cook!