Interactive Meals + Breakfast Crêpes

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Kids (and adults) eat a lot of junk food. But, let’s be honest – it’s hard not to, the junk food industry has made it their business to make their food attractive. So how do I get my family to eat more healthy? This is a BIG question for most of us, but I believe we’ll have a lot more success if we ask it a bit differently: How do I get my family to LOVE eating real food?

The trick is to make healthy foods as fun and impactful as the boxed stuff.  How do we do it? Create moments centered around fresh, whole foods. Remember, the goal is not just to get them to eat it – but also to build a life-long, healthy relationship with real food. Think about how happy a kid gets when you give them a lolly. Do you want to know how to make them that happy to get a plate of fruit? Here’s one of my favorite ways to do just that – Interactive Meals!

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This interactive crêpe breakfast is perfect for lazy Sunday mornings. It takes no time to prepare, and all morning to eat!

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We use this basic recipe to make our crêpes. It’s simple, yummy – it’s a winner. Now, the fun part are the fillings. Think in colours, textures and flavours to excite your kids! In my house it’s all about lemon and sugar or berries and maple syrup. Our youngest adds a little of everything.  And here’s the important part: even if they only go for the sweet syrupy stuff, it doesn’t matter at all, because it’s about the experience you are creating for them. Viewed through their eyes: they wake up to a table full of beautiful fresh foods, like a colourful wonderland. They get to choose their own toppings, build it as high as they want. They get to squish berries and get their little fingers all purple and red. They play and eat – and here’s the best part – they’ll connect that image of fresh, whole foods –  with memories of fun and happy moments. That’s a big win for the Real Food team!! 

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Here are some ideas for your crêpe buffet: 

  • lemon
  • fresh fruit cut in small pieces
  • dried fruit
  • yogurt
  • crème fraîche
  • nuts – slivered or ground
  • peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • maple syrup
  • sugar crystals
  • home-made “chocolate” sauce

Happy eating!

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