Picky Eaters

“Come on, doesn’t this look yummy?”

It was a mixture of vegetables.

He covered his nose and mouth,

making it clear that he didn’t agree with

Mommy that the yucky orange thing

she was holding out to him on the spoon

was edible.


“Just try one spoonful, Carson” she begged.

Carson shook his head.

She put the spoon in her mouth.  “Hmmm.

This tastes really yummy.  Now you try.”  She

scooped up some more and held it out to him.

He shook his head, unconvinced.


This went on for a while until, out of desperation,

Mommy said, “If you try one bite, I will give you

a treat.”  She had resorted to bribing her toddler.


It worked.  Carson uncovered his mouth and

ate the yucky stuff.  Disgust showed on his

face as he quickly ate it and immediately

followed it with two gulps of milk.


“Have one more bite,” she coaxed, hopefully.

Carson shook his head.  “I want my treat, Mommy.”


Oh, yes, the joys of dealing with a picky eater.

My son doesn’t like eggs and no matter how

many times his Dad and I tell him how nutritious

they are for him, he wouldn’t budge.  When he was

a toddler, he didn’t like Sweet Potatoes but as he

got older, he developed a taste for them.  So, I am

hopeful that one day, he will include eggs in his diet.


Most kids are picky eaters but they grow out of it.

It can be very challenging trying to get them to

eat vegetables and foods that are good for them

but don’t give up.



Source:  Twiniversity


This week on CBC Radio, I heard Canadian chef Michael Smith talking about adding Pulse to your diet.  In fact, he encouraged people to eat less meat and to eat more pulse.  As I listened to him, I thought of Daniel in the Bible who chose to have pulse and water instead of the Babylonian king’s elaborate cuisine.  As it turned out after ten weeks of just pulse and water, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier than the other young men who ate the king’s rich food.

What exactly is pulse?  It is a grain legume.  It includes beans, chickpeas, dry peas and lentils.  The United Nations has 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Its aim is to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition (Wikipedia).

In his interview, Michael Smith made the call for people to take the pulse pledge which would encourage them to eat less meat and more pulse.  The challenge is to commit to eating pulses once a week for ten weeks.  If you are interested in taking the pledge, go to Pulse Pledge and sign up.  You can also check out Michael Smith’s recipes and tips on how to cook lentils at Lentils.ca

Plan to reduce your meat consumption and increase your pulses by trying out the many recipes you will find on Pulse Pledge such as Curried Lentil Soup and Lentil Lasagna.   A diet on pulses is not only healthier but more affordable.  And there is so much you can do with pulses.  They are very versatile and tasty too.  Make 2016 your year of Pulses.

Curried Lentil Soup



Lentil Lasagne