If you ask my mom about her greatest parenting accomplishments, getting my sister and me to fight over steamed spinach as kids by lying to us is certainly one of them. She told us they were ‘sweet leaves.’ I mean, c’mon, what kid isn’t going to want to eat sweet leaves?
As I recall there was never enough spinach at dinnertime. One measly scoop? THAT’S IT? I may or may not have bartered with my sister to get her share of the green stuff to.
But here’s the thing. Spinach is not sweet. In fact if I think about it too hard it’s really not that good at all. But I acquired a voracious taste for it as such a young age that it’s downright tasty to me as an adult. Same goes for asparagus and spaghetti squash, however I was never able to board the brussel sprout express.
I learned from my mom’s infinite wisdom I started to lie to Addie about what I was actually feeding her. “Those aren’t just any oranges! They’re baby oranges! AND YOU’RE A GIANT!” was one of the first food fibs I told her about clementines. Same lie worked for broccoli (TINY TREES!) and baby carrots (YOU’RE THE BIGGEST BUNNY EVER!) Or when my grandma would go out every Thursday to play bingo and she’d say “It’s just a matching game, not gambling!” One day while at lunch with my sister I jokingly held a chopstick full of seaweed in front of her tiny face, not only did she eat it, it’s one of her favorite foods. The other night I tried to pass eggplant off as chicken, and she was falling for it, until her dad caught on and threw a royal fit about me trying to feed him something as delicious and healthy as eggplant. HOW DARE I.
While I’ve never quite embraced vegetables as dessert (I’m looking at you pumpkin pie and zucchini bread) and I certainly can’t hop on the Jessica Seinfield purred beets in my meatloaf bandwagon, I have no problem grating a couple of carrots and adding them to my spaghetti sauce or leaving out a tray full of vegetables for the the circling vultures while I finish cooking dinner.
So, any tips on how to
lie to my family convince the people I live with that healthy foods are where it’s at? Addie’s beginning to see through the whole “YOU’RE A GIANT!” lie. Bummer.
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