As parents we are all bombarded by the media’s frenzied broadcast blitz of daily food-related news reports and research studies urging us to feed our kids nutritious foods and lots of finger pointing about all the things we’re doing wrong! Well I’m going to help you change that one meal at a time with this Weight Watchers Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe.
I think I’m in the majority of moms who try to balance my kids’ nutrition concerns, with my lack of time! I’m the first to admit that there have been weeks where I’ve fed my kids pizza at least two nights in a row, because it was convenient, and definitely easier than prepping a salad, steaming broccoli and grilling salmon. However, I’m constantly trying to find ways to provide my kids with nutritious alternatives to their fast-food favorites. But I’ll be honest- my 17 year old daughter- even as a wee lil babe would eat ANYTHING I put near her lips- regardless of the color or texture. She was and is an adventurous foodie, unfortunately my son will have NONE of it. He likes what he likes, and if forced to eat something that his palette does not agree with- he’ll show me and gag to the point of vomiting it all over the place. And really at the end of that sequence- who wins?
So I’ve had to get creative and use bribery as my first line of defense. Sure he eats macaroni and cheese like it’s the last meal I’ll ever feed him, so I always use whole wheat pasta and try to blend veggies into the cheese sauce (sometimes he can sniff them out and sometimes I get away with it). I steam broccoli every night and three out of five times if I catch him in a food friendly mood I can get a few spears down his gullet. I also hide Vitamin D pills in his cereal milk and tell him he cannot have those Twizzlers he so yearns for unless he has a fruit first (and nine out of ten times he’ll eat the fruit first!)
So of course I am always on the hunt for new ways to get my kid to eat healthy which is one of the reasons I really liked this Weight Watchers Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe! Not only is it a recipe I can enjoy (since it is only 4 points per servings on the Weight Watchers plan) but so can my kid and we can eat it as a family!