5 Foods I never thought my kids would love (that your kids just might like, too)

5 Surprising Foods My Kids Love

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Here we are at the end of a another week.  That means that it is time for this week’s Friday Five.

For today’s Friday Five I’m heading into the kitchen and sharing five foods that I never thought my kids would even eat, let alone love, that your kids just might like, too.

Now, typical preschooler “yellow food only” phase aside, my kids aren’t terribly picky eaters (though they do, of course, have their moments).

In fact, they impress me all the time by trying new foods and by eating things that I’m not so sure I would have tried when I was a kid living on a steady diet of spaghettios and garlic bread. (We won’t talk about what I lived on as a teenager.  Good grief.)

Here are five surprising foods my kids love that yours just might like, too:

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From Farm to Table: A Summertime Fieldtrip (Plus a Recipe for Georgia Peach Sorbet)

Farm to Table: A Summertime Field Trip {Peach Sorbet recipe}

The following was written by Christen Babb of NurtureBaby and originally appeared on Simple Kids in June of 2010.

It’s official:  Summer is finally upon us! Just as those long, lazy, sun-drenched days bring out the best in many of us, Summertime also gleans some of natures’ most delectable delights. Nothing says Summer like a generous sliver of ice-cold watermelon,  a peach so luscious its juices run down your chin, or a heaping handful of plump, juicy blueberries.

These delicious provisions, and many others currently in season, can be enjoyed beyond the typical grocery store experience.  In fact, Summer lends the perfect time to take your kids on a field trip to a local farm.

I happen to live in Georgia, world renowned for its exquisite peaches. However, each region specializes in a particular variety of fruits and vegetables. A great resource to find farms in your area is Pick Your Own.org. You can search local farms for a particular fruits and vegetables, or even specify locations exercising strict organic farming. Even those living smack-dab-in-the-middle-of-suburbia will find farms no more than a day trip away.

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Pink smoothies for my Valentines

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Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I‘m one of those mushy folks who loves Valentine’s day and all of the silliness and sweetness that go along with it. Actually, I tend to enjoy silly and sweet all year long, but especially in the name of love.

During the month of February I like to decorate with hearts and pinks and reds and lots of X’s and O’s.  My Valentiney silliness spills over into the kitchen, too, where I cannot help but spoil my sweets with sweets.

Yesterday was a rainy day and kind of dreary.  We needed a little treat to add some sunshine to the day.  So, I made pink smoothies for my Valentines.  Lucy, my four year old, was my sidekick in the kitchen (as she usually is).

While a food photographer I am not, I thought I’d share what Lucy and I whipped up so you and your Valentines can enjoy a sweet treat, too.

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Valentine’s Day sweets and treats

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Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

February is right around the corner, bringing with it Valentine’s Day.  If you’re looking for a simple way to celebrate love with your little sweethearts, why not surprise them with some special Valentine’s Day food?

Heart Shaped

With a cookie cutter or a knife, cut their food into a heart shape and even normal every-day peanut butter and jelly becomes special.  There are plenty of foods that lend themselves to this simple, heart-shaped trick that would make a fun Valentine’s Day twist such as apples, cheese, or your favorite cookie recipe.

Don’t forget those X and O cookie cutters from your alphabet collection, too.  We could always use extra hugs and kisses!  Or, you could serve red and pink food, not from food dye, but food that is naturally found in these cupid-friendly hues, such as red peppers, beets, purple cauliflower, red grapes, and more.

From breakfast to dessert, here is a round of up heart-y treats! (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun)

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5 Healthier breakfast options

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

So last week I declared the end of our family’s frozen waffles for breakfast rut.  Among other things, in 2013 I gave myself a goal of making a healthier breakfast every day, leaving the boxed frozen waffles in the freezer and the cold cereal on the shelf.

Last weekend I asked for the help of Simple Kids readers, taking the conversation over to facebook where, every morning, I checked in with what we had for breakfast. No fancy challenge or anything like that, just simply checking in each morning and reporting on what our kids had for breakfast on the facebook page. It was great!  You guys really encouraged me.  Thank you!

This morning I’m back with a wrap-up of our week and five healthier breakfast ideas for kids.

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