Tricking Your Kids Into Eating Healthy: Spinach Fritters Recipe

Lady H used to eat broccoli like it was going out of style. Plate after plate after plate but for the past month or so she has completely rejected it and any other vegetable for that matter. It has been a battle. Not being newbies at this game, we used the usual strategies – hiding food under rice or other things she likes, mashing things up really small, here comes the airplane games – and we are always met with

EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW NASSSYYYYYYY SHOOOOOOOOO!!!!

When Lady C was the same age she also rejected veggies and we used smoothies to get those nutrients in her body. All her smoothies featured frozen broc or spinach and avocados (super fruit) to make them creamy. She loved them, still does. Even though she helps make them with avocado and swears she does not like avocado, she drinks. every. single. drop. So, we made Haiden a smoothie. We gave it to her in a cup and she took one look and said:

EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW NASSSYYYYYYY SHOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Ok – so that didn’t work. We remembered she used to love Spinach bites from a local restaurant so we made Spinach fritters – super easy recipe:

One package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained

2 Table spoons of flour

Two eggs

Chopped Onion

Garlic

Cumin

Salt and Pepper

(and any other seasoning you might enjoy)

Mix in a bowl and spoon into boiling oil

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These joints were good. So good! When Lady H saw them she said… oooo cookie and grabbed one. We got excited. She took a bite, looked at it and:

EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW NASSSYYYYYYY SHOOOOOOOOO!!! 

Sigh, welp! We had to hide carrots under her mac and cheese. She didn’t like that one bit when she realized it but we got some in her!

Back to the drawing board… Despite the failure we still blogged about this because the fritters were actually good and it might help someone else.

If you have other thoughts about getting the kiddo to eat veggies… please post below!

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Horsing Around Central Park

Happy New Year everyone! The GreenEs have been a little quiet in “Blog Land” during and after the holiday season but we welcome you back and wish you all a great 2015!

As you know if you are a regular reader – the GreenEs love to explore our CityE! This weekend we did something that mama GreenE hasn’t done since she was 5 years old, the other GreenEs have never done, and if the Mayor of New York City has his way, no one will be able to do in New York City again – a horse and buggy ride through Central Park!

Late last year the City Council introduced a bill that would ban horse and carriage rides and there will be a vote on it in the coming months. The Central Park horse and carriage rides have been a long standing tourist tradition in New York and a romantic setting (though, I’m not certain how smelling horse poo is romantic) – so there has been a bit of debate about whether or not this bill should pass. In any event, we had some time on our hands on Sunday afternoon between going to the circus and a birthday party (the GreenE schedule never stops) so, we decided to do a carriage ride through Central Park together as a family.

The driver was incredibly nice – he let Lady C feed Midnight (our horse). He gave us a warm blanket and took a few pictures of usry=400

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He (the driver, not the horse) pointed out some tourist attractions in the park, including locations of famous films and events. Although we are from the City and were not too far from our daughter’s school we enjoyed all of the information and learned lots of new facts about the park.

It was a nice way to spend 20 minutes and it reminded me of the horse and carriage ride I took when I was young – I still remember it.

Should there be a ban on horse and carriage rides??? I’m just not sure. There is something classic and beautiful about going through the park via horse drawn carriage but I will say that I shuddered when we made a U-turn around a New York City bus… eek! Whether it remains or not – all of the GreenEs can say – they once had the experience of Horsing Around Central Park! Although Lady H won’t remember… we’ll show her the blog.

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