Children love to eat real food if given the chance, though if they're used to eating junk-in-a-box it could take many times of trying something real for them to say "yum, more please!".
The Pai Paraguayan child pictured above is eating meat and yucca, and relishing it! His meal may look different to us but I am sure we would seem curious and very odd to a person that has thrived on a whole foods diet, who has never seen a box of not-so-lucky-not-so-charming cereal.
I could not have said this better myself, so I won't try to! Please read the following wonderful, illuminating article from Richard Morris:
"...Advertisers know well how much power a child has to influence which foods are consumed in the home. This is why so much advertising is targeted to children. They don't have money or cars with which to buy and transport food, but they do have something far more potent -- power over you, the parent. The result is that today, it is the children who are the Lords of the Manor.
The final reason is that children can't be expected to make good nutrition decisions when their parents lack the skills and the motivation to make good decisions themselves. One of the more common phrases we here when discussing the necessity for parents to educate themselves about nutrition is, "I don't have time." I often wonder what is there in the lives of so many people that is more important than their health and the health of their children? I don't doubt that most people love their children dearly and would stand against an army of darkness in their defense, but then there's that troubling reluctance to read and understand what's in a box of cereal. Parent's, what's going on?"...
Quoted from the website Bread and Money
Another gem from the author, who wrote the book "A Life Unburdened: Getting Over Weight and Getting ON With My Life":
"If the anti-dietary fat, high carbohydrate, highly processed food diet that the experts have championed for the past 30 years has not worked for us, isn't it time we started asking questions? Better yet, isn't it time we began looking for another solution."
Pictured above is my daughter Eliza, trying plain whole milk yogurt and apparently, liking it!
I'm sharing this post with Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday!