Sarah Matheny would often tote a can of soup and a carton of yogurt for lunch during her busy day as an attorney. “I wasn’t eating terribly, but I did rely on a lot of processed foods,” Sarah admits. When she decided to become a stay-at-home mom after having her first daughter, Sarah opted to revamp her diet as well—turning vegetarian and focusing on preparing whole foods-based meals. “I am a role model for my daughters and they pick up my behavior. I wanted to clean up my act,” she says.
Her meatless quest turned into a blog, Peas and Thank You, and the popularity of her recipes and stories on the blog offered her the opportunity to write a book. Peas and Thank You: Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love was released yesterday, sharing “healthier twists on foods we all enjoy.”
Since Sarah is a pro at creating produce-filled recipes her (adorable!) daughters devour, we asked for three tips for getting kids to eat their veggies:
- Don’t play hide and seek. “I want my kids to know that they’re eating vegetables so they realize at a young age that they’re delicious! Rather than disguising them, I incorporate them into meals they love the taste of, like enchiladas, pizza or pasta.”
- Make it visible. “We always have fresh produce in our crisper drawers, and tell our daughters that they can always grab something from there for a snack.”
- Let them help. “Bring your kids along to the grocery store and let them pick out a new vegetable that everyone in the family has to try that week. Then have the kids join you in the kitchen for meal preparation! They’ll have a sense of control.”
Click below for Sarah’s recipes for a simple morning smoothie and a mouthwatering dessert reminiscent of a brown bag lunch staple!