Monday, January 19, 2009



Okay, so we are in the middle of winter and all it holds for us with our continued efforts of keeping up with great nutrition.

No gardens grace our properties at this time of year unless you are blessed with fully functional greenhouse ability. All the local farmers markets are sparsely filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, imported at best these days.

Did you know the darker the green, the more nutritional qualities it offers? Did you know that iceberg lettuce is all water and not considered a "green" at all? All that said, how are you providing "greens" for your family this winter? Do you eat them or drink them? Yes, you read that right – drink them! Grab your blender and throw in all sorts of leafy greens to fill your morning fruity or protein shakes with extra value, and extra flavours. Anything green is filled with nutrients sufficient to withstand all the winter blahs and the more you eat, the more your body will crave this type of goodness.

It's almost overwhelming and even funny to see just how many recipe variations there are out there in the big wide internet word for making green salads but somehow our children's preferences continuously finds its way onto my wonderful New Year category of "simple".

Our daughter made this salad for dinner the

other night, filled with greens and ruffage.

They like (and are happily contented with) fresh washed and ripped up romaine lettuce or a mixed organics greens/spinach mix (organic most often) combined with 2-3 peeled and grated carrots (ruffage again, you know?) and maybe, just maybe a few other salad staples like cubed cucumbers, bits of celery or tomato depending on their mood. Don't give them anything to "decorate" their salads with like finely cut chicken breast strips or large plump fresh shrimps, nor perhaps even a bit of crumbled feta cheese and dried cranberries. Oh no, they like their greens simple. And that is just fine with me.

Are your children easy to please like mine are? Heck this mother and all her baby ducklings don't even care if we have salad dressing to toss into the food fare, just give us the raw goods please and thank you. Yum!