After raising two boys into young adults I realized we have grown up in a fast food society where processed foods rule. Thinking back I regret having done some fundamental errors. I always thought – OK – if the kids behave I will reward them with a treat. And the treat was the kid’s meal at Mc Donald’s (that’s when they were really small), since they had an indoor playground where they could play after their meal. What a terrible mistake. I instilled junk food as a way of an incentive for my kids. I can never forgive myself for that. I remember my kids knew all the burger joints by name before they were able to read. I know it’s my fault, I didn’t know any better than. However, I always eat by example. For instance my kids would say I eat trees for breakfast. That tree like food was home-baked whole grain bread with lots of nuts and seeds. They rather loved the mushy white bread, which I refused to buy. Today, I must say they eat the same way as I do putting fibers, fruit and vegetables first. It could have gone wrong, too.
A Change is in the Air
Being a chef has helped me choose the right foods to be part of a healthy cuisine. I was always an advocate of a healthy diet and try to help out with tips and hints among my friends and family members. For that reason I have decided to change my core concept from the very general Culinary Blog to a more whole foods approach with healthy eating habits. I’m planning to carry out this change within the next month or two.
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As of next Friday I’m introducing a new series of Healthy Friday posts, where I will uncover and analyze unhealthy foods, eating habits and suggest healthier alternatives. I will expose the very foods and ingredients that make us sick and emphasize the ones which keep us healthy. If you haven’t signed up to receive my posts my mail I hope you consider doing so. Subscribe to Kraemer’s Culinary Blog by Email
The Future of Our Health is Determined by the Choices We Make….
That is in particular true with the type of food we choose to eat. Well, some get away with eating junk food all day long and still don’t get sick. However the growing obesity rate in the world suggest otherwise. We have never had so many obese children. Our healthcare cost is through the roof. If we don’t change the way we eat we essentially program our bodies to fail, which is unsustainable for a nation.
I choose this vegetable wrap because it appeals to kids as it does to adults. Who doesn’t like a wrap? I don’t believe in meaty sandwiches all the time and this vegetable wrap is a refreshing change. Obviously, adding a piece of grilled chicken or steak would complement this wrap too.
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ tsp chipotle peppers, minced
- ¼ tsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp honey
- 4 large black bean wraps
- 8 leaves of lettuce, romaine or green leave
- 4 fire roasted red peppers, store bought
- 1 eggplant, thinly sliced & sautéed in olive oil
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 small can of black beans,
- 1 red onion
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Toast wraps over grill or in oven until hot.
- Spread chipotle mayo over the center of wrap
- Spread lettuce, sliced red peppers, eggplant, avocado, onions and beans in the center of wrap.
- Fold the left and right side of wrap towards the center.
- Now roll up the vegetable wrap from the bottom keeping everything centered and within the wrap.
- Cut in two pieces and enjoy.
Did or do you have any issues raising your kids with healthy foods?
Do you eat fast foods and how does it impact your eating habits.
Are you trying to eat healthy?