“Time to try some new food,” Lanette Doran tells three young children who are surrounding a large bowl of vegetables on a kitchen counter.
She’s taught children for many years how to eat well through healthy cooking. Now, with about five years of CrossFit under her belt, she’s teaching these kids about taste testing with carrots, kale and asparagus, among other items.
“Did you know you have to taste things 10 or 100 times to get used to it?” Doran asks the children.
“I knew that,” blurts out one precocious girl.
Doran talks to the children about crispiness, crunchiness, sweet and sour. Helping to identify those characteristics without thinking about taste can help with trying new foods, she tells them.
“It will help you get used to flavors,” Doran explains.
Then it’s time for sprouts.
“This is a yummy sprout. Who can try a sprout for me?” she asks.
While stuffing his mouth with the vegetable, the little boy responds, “It tastes like a plant.”
Indeed it does, and many plants fit nicely into the dietary advice found in World Class Fitness in 100 Words: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”
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Additional reading: Quick and Crunchy by Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet, published Sept. 25, 2012.