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Food and Family: Time for Something New?

Food and Family:
Time for Something New?

The breakfast club
Some like it hot!
Why are vegetables so boring?
Snacks mean junk food, right?

Most girls don't dress like their mothers, so why eat like Mom? Now that you're starting to explore the world outside your home, you may want to break free from some of your family's routines. Maybe food is part of your new frontier. That's cool. But it doesn't mean you have to avoid tomatoes because your mother loves them. Try your tomatoes sun-dried! Open yourself up to some new taste sensations, and maybe your family will follow you! back to top

The breakfast club
When was the last time your family ate breakfast together? When was the last time you ate breakfast at all? If you can't remember, you're not alone. One out of every five students age 15 to 18 regularly skips breakfast. But skipping meals leaves most girls feeling tired and cranky. And you may end up overeating later in the day. Whether you start your day with rice and chicken broth, a Pop-Tart, or a fruit smoothie depends a lot on your family's breakfast traditions. Even if it's just a sports bar on your way out the door, try to make breakfast your habit. back to top

Some like it hot!
Are you a fan of hot and spicy foods like red curry or chicken with mole sauce? Or are mashed potatoes and peas more your style? If you like to try foods from all around the world, your parents are probably adventurous eaters too. Maybe your family enjoys eating out or trying different cooking styles and spices. Of course, if falafel, avocado, and jicama sound like foreign words to you, it's probably safe to assume your family hasn't tried them. That's because your family's preferences and your heritage play a big part in the food choices you make. If you'd like to try something new, check out foreign fare. back to top

Why are vegetables so boring?n
Some girls think vegetables are dull and tasteless. They're actually one of the most colorful food groups out there. But, if you're used to eating canned peas, bitter frozen spinach, and broccoli boiled until it's mushy, you have a right to be picky. If your family skips the fresh vegetable aisle at the market, it's time to stop the boring vegetable cycle. Maybe your parents prepare vegetables the way their parents did. But times have changed, and microwave ovens make cooking fresh vegetables a snap. Prepare a familiar vegetable in a new way. It might be as simple as adding some herbs and spices or a little lemon juice and grated Parmesan. Or ask a friend which vegetables she likes, and then give them a try! Our recipes are a fun place to start. back to top

Snacks mean junk food, right?
Some girls open the kitchen cabinet and reach for cookies or a bag of chips after school. Others pop a frozen treat in the microwave for a quick snack. If this sounds like you, check out the fruit and vegetable bins in the fridge next time you have the munchies. Grapes, strawberries, bananas, and celery with a little natural peanut butter (the kind with 0 grams of trans fatty acids) are easy and satisfying snacks. And they don't have the fat and calories of prepared foods. Your entire family might turn into healthy snackers thanks to you! back to top

Last Modified Date: 12/5/2000
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