January 18th, 2013

Global Foods at the Family Table

OneHungry Mama Saag Chole Indian Spinach Chickpeas
Indian-style Spinach with Chickpeas

I was recently invited to host a second week of “Perspectives” posts on the site of famed “green” pediatrician—and one of my most trusted parenting experts—Dr. Alan Greene. Given my deepest respect for Dr. Greene, you can imagine how honored I was to be asked back. (Plus, I could wipe the sweat off my brow: It’s always good to know that you didn’t botch things up the first time around!) Instead of focusing on recipes this time, I contributed a series of content on parenting towards healthier and more adventurous family eating. My favorite piece is on a topic that we haven’t talked about in a while: bringing global foods to the family table.

Serving global cuisines at the family table is more than just having fun with food. Beyond the opportunity to expand your children’s palate, serving global foods is an opportunity for them to build an understanding of the larger world around them. An openness to global cuisines creates a range of experiences from a willingness to try new flavor combinations to a curiosity about other peoples and cultures.

If your child is not accustomed to eating ethnic foods, introducing them can be a challenge. After all, they often look, smell and taste completely unfamiliar. Hop on over to Dr. Greene’s site for my 7 tips for successfully introducing global foods.

The good news is that my tips work for introducing ANY new foods, from a Middle Eastern Mujaddara to a very simple and straightforward Lemony Pasta with Ricotta, Peas and (their least favorite vegetable) Asparagus.

If you want to work on getting kiddo to accept some new food, these tips will help you do it:

Bringing Global Foods to the Family Table.

While on Dr. Greene’s site, you can also check out my other posts:

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Dr. Greene is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. Upon completion of his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California he served as Chief Resident. He entered primary care pediatrics in January 1993.

Dr. Greene is the Past President of The Organic Center and on the Board of Directors of Healthy Child Healthy World. He is a founding partner of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. He also consults for the Environmental Working Group.

Among so many (many) other things, in 2010 Dr. Greene founded the WhiteOut Movement to change how babies in the United States are fed. His commitment to shining a spotlight on the profound relationship between what we eat and our children’s health is an inspiration to me and, more importantly, a great service in our world where many pediatricians receive minimal, at best, and outdated, at worst, education in nutrition

You can read more about Dr. Greene on his site. You can also access my interview with Dr. Greene about his book (which every parent should own!) Feeding Baby Green.

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