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I just discovered a new trick in making fruits & vegetables just a little bit more accessible.
I’ve always considered myself pretty good at introducing the fruits & vegetables to my kids. Over the years we have practiced being taste testers, using the produce aisles at the grocery store as our discovery ground and we’ve become kitchen experimenters with recipes containing fruits & vegetables we won’t eat alone. When the kids were little we even used to make fruit & vegetable charts so that we could mark how many we were eating throughout the day, in fact, I still countdown with my youngest when we are deciding on after school snacks to help make better choices & I even remind my teen of the rules. When we first moved into our home, almost 8 years ago, I designated a shelf for easy access to certain fruits likes apples, pears, bananas, etc. It’s directly in front of you as you walk in & I always keep everything washed, dried & ready to grab to make lunch box packing & after school snacking easy; although I’m not going to lie & tell you that it’s always the first thing they (a.k.a my kids) grab, but having it accessible at eye level & ready to grab has certainly made a difference in their choices & in my lunchbox packing duties…
Like everyone, I’ve been thinking of my goals & resolutions for 2014 and at the top of my list EVERY January is always getting us back on track because we have had our fair share of holiday fun. Although I love the holidays when they roll around & all of the traditions & flavors that come along with them, I equally love when they are done & we fondly wave adieu until we meet again next year.
On New Years day I was sitting & sipping my tea & working at waking up (lol) when a segment came on Kathie Lee & Hoda. I thought it was going to be the typical ‘how to stay on track’ information and to be honest most of it was, but then a tip was shared that made total sense & it was the perfect answer for my growing family. She talked about the organization of our refrigerators & how we buy produce & put it in to the appropriate produce drawers; yup, that’s me! So, I decided to give two of my refrigerator shelves a New Year’s Make-Over & take my eye level pantry approach and apply it to the refrigerator. Today, in the middle of this frigid snow storm when its way to cold to make snow angels & we’re kind of sugared & baked out, I washed blueberries, baby carrots, grapes and grape tomatoes. I cut up a pineapple, seeded two pomegranates, sliced the celery & made fresh guacamole. The shelves are cleaned out, everything is ready to grab & with kids that are growing and making more decisions on their own with foods & snacks, it’s ready to grab & go (for me too)!
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