How often do you serve a food you really like, hoping that - this time - your kids will try it and like it? Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes, in our house, debate ensues: the kids want to know why I would serve something I "know" they won't like, I declare that I would never serve something I wouldn't eat myself, I'm sure they'd like it if they really gave it a chance....then they ask me when was the last time a tried a new food and liked - or even reversed an opinion on a previously unliked food when I tried it anew. While I've managed to downplay it, they have me on that last point.
"New foods" aren't just for the vegetable matter category. There are different meats (ostrich, anyone?), fruits, different preparations of foods, and food from other cultures. While I've never been a big fan of pickled items, I now think they have a place and I am much more accepting of them in and around my other food.
Trying new foods is more than just being an example to our kids in terms of eating a variety of foods - it's an example in being open to new experiences, and we get the total benefit. When we open ourselves up to something new and different - food-wise or other wise - we open up whole new worlds. You won't like everything you try, but at least you will have tried.
Trying new foods is a small, simple and easy way to start opening ourselves up to new and different experiences. In our rapidly changing world, I think being open is important. Now, anyone want to try some fennel risotto with me?
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