Feeding the ones you love is a hugely under-rated task. With all the allergies and dodgy foods out there feeding has become more stressful than ever before , needless to say time seems to be disappearing as we as parents work harder and harder to give our kids a great life. Gone are the days where we as mothers could cook all day , 3 meals a day for our husbands and kids.
More than ever before so many parents are asking me for advice on how to feed their families better. I am certainly not a professional in anyway. I do not believe in diets and I certainly do not follow any fads nor do I believe in low fat. I am not a skinny size 8 (or even 10 for that matter) , and anyone who knows me knows I love my food and all kinds of delicious food as a matter of fact! What I do believe in is nature and what it has provided for us in a wholesome unadulterated manner – Fruit , grains , dairy , meats , honey – whatever the earths gifts may be – i believe its great! What i do not believe in is genetic modification , hormone injected and medicated meats , chemical preservatives , flavour enhances ,fake ANYTHING whatsoever!!!! When you find out that what you are feeding your loved ones is one molecule away from being plastic – be alarmed!!!! be very alarmed!!!!
Nature on its own is perfect – why try to better it. Cut down on the real thing rather than replace it with something synthetic – That is a rule I live by. Butter is better for you than margarine – FACT! Honey is better for you than aspartame – FACT! Unless you dealing with diabetes there are natural alternatives like xylitol! Look to nature first!!!!
I am hoping to inspire ‘responsible‘ feeding. I realize HEALTHY living is expensive but doctors fees in the long run are way more. I have been teased and ridiculed by countless parents who insist that their kids are allergy free and perfect because they give their kids so much junk to eat and that mine have exzema because he has not been exposed to anything. Yes my child has had exzema since a baby it may be hereditary , I do not believe that healthy eating can cause illness but i do think that if your child has allergies it can be controlled to some extent by what he or she eats – Life works like this , we do not rear our kids just for the next day , we rear them into the adults we want them to be , we invest in their education so they can be successful adults but ask yourself – am I investing in their health? All the formal education in the world will not prevent illness – HEALTH IS WEALTH. More than 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer every year. And victims are increasingly younger – CANSA ORG states that 90% of cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking , diet and exercise.
As a family we are far from perfect , I know my husband sneaks out onto the porch at night when he thinks we are all sleeping and has a smoke , on Mondays if we all tired from the weekend and the house is still a mess we buy fish and chips. The point is not to be perfect but start small , make better choices , choose the lesser evil. Drink fruit juice instead of coke, have nandos instead of kfc , honey instead of white sugar – baby steps.
Our biggest battle – how to get at least 5 fruits and veg into your family in 1 day:
My first tip to you is INVEST IN A JUICER. You can buy a secondhand one at for under R200!!!! Once you have the swing of it purchase a fancier one that can handle more veg. You can juice almost anything. Start mild – more fruit than veg and slowly introduce more weird tasting things such as raw ginger. We juice apples , spinach , beetroot , ginger , carrots and cucumber.
Now comes the tricky part – how to get them to drink it!
Buy the biggest plastic syringes you can find , we purchase the 60ml disposable syringes that you can find at most chemists and make a game of it! Fill the syringes full of veggie juice and let them squeeze it into their mouths – they can race it! And have names for the different colours of juice , for instance our concoction of green veg is Ben 10 super juice or Hulk power juice , the beetroot juice is Iron man juice – for those of you with girls im sorry you on your own for this one but be creative and always have fun!
Good luck! I will be posting recipes and tips as often as possible and if you are interested in purchasing a secondhand juicer for cheap but don’t have the time to find one let me know , i may just be able to help you source one.