We are moving right along here with Veggie Boot Camp. Veggie Boot Camp is a simple at home camp we are having as a family to encourage our youngest son to eat more fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and legumes. I feel that with the progress we have made so far broccoli may actually be in the cards toward the end of this month.
Here is what we have successfully added since our last update.
1. Lettuce two times. This is a really big deal. Romaine lettuce is available in so many restaurants and is much healthier than its close tasting cousin Iceberg. It has not been easy but we our son has eaten Romaine lettuce three times. The last two tries he did not have a friend to shame him into the crispy enemy but he made it through and we are really proud. One tip is to slice the the vein of the romaine lettuce leaf and cut it similar to a carrot stick. Its very crispy and we told him it tasted like a water carrot.
As long as you are totally honest about the taste of raw vegetables you can always count on a better response. If you tell your child it tastes like chocolate ice cream they will probably not trust you on their next food experiene adventure.
2. Raw almonds – this went much more quickly than any new healthy choice so far, thank the heavens.
3. Sweet potatoes– not deep fried, that would be cheating. We baked them and served them plain. They have plenty of sweet flavor on their own.
So far the only thing that has totally failed in Veggie Boot Camp has been canned mandarin oranges. I do not feel so bad about this because fruits and vegetables should be introduced in the most natural state possible. I am almost positive if I had given my son and small bowl of raw mandarin orange segments he would have happily eating them, we will try so this week.
Give Veggie Boot Camp a try! It really works.