29 Days ’til 40: My Girls and Brussels Sprouts

23 Jan


We kids feared many things in those days – werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School – but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.                ~ Dave Barry

This post may not be heading where you think it is.  When we were in the market recently my girls had half the frozen food aisle in complete laughter when they screamed, “Mom, will you PLEEAASSEEE buy us brussels sprouts?”  Yes, you read that correctly.  My girls BEG for brussels sprouts (and I do not even cook them that well).  They also love artichoke, kale chips, and plain seaweed (sushi is another favorite).  I realize that part of the reason they are willing to eat many things is because we have a healthier perspective in our home.  There is not a lot of junk food in our home, though we do not ban it – so there is no feelings of deprivation.

We work hard to keep a food balance and I try to expose the girls to many different foods and flavors from all around the world, be it Ethiopian food, Italian Pesto, or Moroccan soup.  As I model adventurous eating, it gives them the courage to be adventurous too!  My oldest even tried octopus soup!

We have always praised our girls for their willingness to try new foods and we do not force foods down their throat – well, at least not often!

I think it is important to work with children and food choices as early as possible, as if they are finicky eaters this can create many problems into adulthood.  What many people are not aware of is the fact that both speech therapists and occupational therapists will work with children with aversions to certain foods/ food textures/ etc.  I have seen many young people make great strides with food when they have worked with their parents and supportive professionals.

Today, 29 days ’til 40, I am thankful that my girls ask for brussels sprouts – I hope it continues!



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28 responses to “29 Days ’til 40: My Girls and Brussels Sprouts

  1. Turmeric and Twine

    January 23, 2013 at 00:09

    Wow, I’m an adventurous easter, but still have some issues with brussel sprouts. Your girls are lucky to have such an adventurous palate.

  2. Toni

    January 23, 2013 at 00:41

    Through personal experience, I have found there is a very good reason for some food aversions. Taste buds are very sensitive, along with sense of smell. I detest the smell and taste of coffee. I wish I could drink it, and I have tried, only to feel nauseated. To me coffee smells like skunk. When my son was very young, we passed a coffee shop and he asked what smell like skunk. Voila! He inherited it from me. The other son loves coffee. I believe in, let them try it, if they don’t like it… Move on.

  3. Brent

    January 23, 2013 at 02:03

    artichokes…. yum. they are so hard to get here in Japan. You’ve got me craving now!

  4. lulu

    January 23, 2013 at 02:38

    I wish someone in my house would request brussels sprouts, but no matter how I fix them they are met with little enthusiasm except mine.

    • 400daystil40

      January 23, 2013 at 23:34

      It is nice that my girls will eat them with me!

  5. behindthemaskofabuse

    January 23, 2013 at 04:12

    i’m reading this as i eat a piece of chocolate cream pie…lol octopus soup??

  6. thelastsongiheard

    January 23, 2013 at 05:52

    Yes, absolutely… my wife and I are finding this ourselves as our son may be within the autistic spectrum… he’s a finicky eater and he has a speech disorder too…

    • 400daystil40

      January 23, 2013 at 23:34

      Your son is lucky to have parents willing to learn more about him in order to help him (sadly, not every parent behaves this way).

  7. Lela Bonchjela

    January 23, 2013 at 18:33

    You should come to Singapore and try all the different food of Southeast Asia! We’re a foodie nation, food centres and foodcourts everywhere!

  8. steffturner

    January 23, 2013 at 18:43

    My 15 year old son loves Brussels sprouts and practically all vegetable. It seems the weirder the better for him. My 13 year daughter, on the other hand, will not eat any. It breaks my heart! It’s her “thing”…I’m hoping she’ll grow out of it! She did try pesto this year (which is green) it’s a start right?

  9. revampologist

    January 23, 2013 at 22:18

    You reminded me of a brussels sprout salad I made once, so I posted the recipe for you, in case you were interested in making it. I love that kids are begging you for brussels sprouts! Way to go!

    • 400daystil40

      January 23, 2013 at 23:31

      YEA!!! Thank you so much! I look forward to trying this recipe!!! 🙂

  10. Anonymous

    January 24, 2013 at 09:23

    It’s a brave new world out there…

  11. Spider42

    January 24, 2013 at 09:24

    It’s a brave new world out there…

  12. Another Thousand Words

    January 24, 2013 at 21:41

    Well, 400, you’re certainly doing things ‘right’ if the girls demand Brussels Sprouts! And you are correct in teaching them when they are very young to at least try something…then try it again, at a later date, because their tastes ‘change’.

    I am reminded of my Mother’s Greek uncle, who would bring us a huge chunk of Feta cheese every so often. It would sit, wrapped, in the door of the fridge until Mother had to throw it out, because it was no longer fresh. I hated it, and the aroma, back then…but by the time I was just about out of my teens, I ‘rediscovered’ Feta…and became somewhat addicted to this wonderful cheese!

    • 400daystil40

      January 24, 2013 at 22:51

      Wow, what a cool Feta story! I have also found that I had foods I did not like and later loved (like broccoli and yams!) 🙂

      • Another Thousand Words

        January 25, 2013 at 02:46

        Oh, always LOVED both, especially yams, which I prefer over regular potatoes! It was good to read about the girls…they must BOTH be really something?!!?

  13. mskatykins

    January 24, 2013 at 23:55

    Good job, so important to introduce people to new thins, particularly in their diet. And it’s far better starting when they are young! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      January 26, 2013 at 01:07

      Yes, definitely!

      • simon7banks

        January 29, 2013 at 13:50

        Beware North Korean werewolves with brussels sprouts!


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