Friday, May 31, 2013

Healthy Changes With Children and Quinoa Pudding

We have been taking slow baby steps toward a more plant-based diet. And still I am getting noise from the girls.

I am reading The China Study and learning the importance of good nutrition not only to maintain healthy bodies but also to help alleviate some current ailments.

As you may know I was recently told my A1C puts me in the pre-diabetic range and that I need to bring that number down. Learning that has inspired me to change my diet a little quicker to make sure I am as healthy as I can be.

The girls are a different story. They are young, active and not interested in switching away from dairy and meats to uninteresting grains and plants.

If I try to mix too much (hardly any) almond milk in with their cow's milk they claim it is icky. I bought unsweetened chocolate almond milk and they did not like it. The only items going over well are the ones with too much added sugar.

Still I move forward. Last night Audrey helped me make a yummy pudding with quinoa and almond milk. I am trying to get the girls used to the texture of whole grains so they will start trying them in more dishes. Currently whole grains get an immediate no without even trying. The pudding was a first step. They tried it.

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 4 dried apricots
  • 4 dried dates
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
Chop the apricots and dates into at least four pieces each. Place quinoa, water, almond milk, and fruit in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients. If you want it a little sweeter add a few drops of stevia. Stir and serve.

This is a nutty pudding which is why I decided to add the peanut butter. Any nut butter will do or you could leave that out entirely. They girls ate about half a cup each and then I consumed the rest later with a little more almond milk. Tastes good warm or cold.

She is cutting all on her own!

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