How to Raise a Foodie (or Ten Tips for Raising Foodies)

Back cover of “French Kids Eat Everything”  showing 10 French Food Rules

As mentioned in my previous post, this book changed my life forever in the kitchen: French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters. True, reading it taught me some tricks to help our kids be more adventurous eaters. But more than that, it helped me understand how my parents were able to get us as children to eat a wide variety of unusual foods back home – almost painlessly. And this understanding gave me the confidence to do the same for ours.

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Pinoys are foodies

Last week, my husband bought me some of my favorite food for lunch, yummy sushi – no California rolls, just the usual slices of raw fish and cooked eel on rice. Half of it disappeared into our kids’ tummies, with our 2-yr old especially loving the salmon. Needless to say, I was still hungry after that meal. But I was happy. It was the first time we had witnessed all of our kids not only eat sushi, but ask for seconds and thirds as well.

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Ugat Pinoy (Pinoy Roots)

Living a distance away from large Filipino communities, it’s a challenge sharing my Philippine heritage fully with our children. And though many have encouraged my efforts to do so, none have been able to provide achievable and easily accessible means to this end . It was only after our children came home from a Spanish camp without learning anything  (having already learned the same Spanish-derived words in Tagalog) that I realized I could and should provide something more useful and infinitely more meaningful at home – and essentially for free.

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