I think it's a great idea to set an example and teach children about the importance of nutrition. No, we can't guarantee that they will stick to it as they mature, but at least we say we tried. My thoughts are that even if they end up veering off the "healthy" road, eventually something will bring them back and probably faster than if they did not get the foundation in the first place. Most people who did not have a foundation have a much bigger struggled trying to figure out how to make a lifestyle change.
I will say for the record that I am not a perfect parent. I don't try to strive for perfection but I do strive for some sort of consistency. I think this is important for a parent to do so that the children will know what to expect on a daily basis, and so that they can depend on us to do right by them. At times, I do allow my children to indulge in cuisine that is not necessarily "healthy" because I understand that they enjoy the treats... just like I do.
In the past 24 hours however, I received feedback which confirms that the effort I put forth is the right effort and so I will continue!!!!
For any parent hesitating to include healthy meals in your children's daily diet, I urge you to reconsider. They will thank you, maybe not today but definitely tomorrow!
I give a lot of thought to what I want the children to eat and I try to come up with something PACKED with nutrition, but easy to create. Last night I made, what I called: Cream of Chicken Vegetable Soup. I used a Japanese Sweet Potato to create the base/thickness for this soup because it is amazingly tasty, sweet and healthy - a really nice alternative to the regular sweet potato. The children loved it a lot, asked for me seconds, and the best is.... I made sure to make enough so that they could take it to school today for lunch. That's what I call triple duty! It's easy, dependable and tasty nutrition...