It’s a struggle that very likely goes back to the beginning of time — parents trying to get their kids to try (and like) healthy foods.
Now Leann Forst, a board certified holistic health practitioner, is offering some new tools for those struggling parents. Forst just released a new book titled “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies.”
The 108-page book is filled with with health information and, of course, plenty of recipes. The breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes are designed to be quick and easy, and most of all, family-friendly. The standard American diet contributes to many of our health problems, she said.
Forst, a native of Iowa who now lives in Texas with her family, changed her life by changing her food. She now speaks about using food as medicine at schools, hospitals and other places. She also operates Groovy Beets Natural Family Health.
Forst recently participated in a little question-and-answer session about her new book, and below are her responses.
Q: Tell me a little about your background and what led you to write this book?
A: When my son was 2 he was diagnosed with chronic asthma and I was told he would be on medication for the rest of his life. I thought there had to be a better way so I began researching health like crazy and came to the conclusion that his immune system was compromised. That experience led me to boosting his immunity by using food as medicine, and vegetables are the best way to do that. However, he was a very picky eater so I had to get creative with sneaking veggies in where I could.
Three months after going “cold turkey” off of processed foods, his asthma was gone! He no longer needed ANY medication and is now 10 and has been asthma-free ever since.
Q: How is this book different from other “hidden vegetables” books?
A: I really tried to make all the recipes easy. Rather than puréeing the veggies, freezing them then thawing them out when making a recipe, in my book I use baby food and organic veggie powders. With this method, I’ve simplified hiding veggies to one step.
Q: I’ve run across some criticism of hiding vegetables from people who think it isn’t really teaching children to like them. Have you heard that? How do you counter that argument?
A: Of course it’s important to teach our kids healthy eating habits and making good choices, but that takes time and patience. When you have a child who is dealing with an autoimmune disease such as asthma, ADHD or allergies you don’t have time on your side. You want to boost your child’s immunity quickly to fight the disease and heal from the inside since childhood diseases such as these have a gut connection. The bottom line is that we all want our children to be healthy, so I believe in using all tools and strategies that are available to us as parents.
You can find Forst’s book on Amazon.com and on the Groovy Beets website. There are also some recipes and other information available on the website.