I think it is a similar story in many households, teenagers and their appalling food habits.From a young age both our kids have been exposed to varied cuisines so their taste buds are quite evolved and they are able to pick and notice the absence or presence of finer nuances and subtleties in food .
At home of course they have lots of greens and whole grains as I try to sneak in lot of good stuff in the popular foods like pastas, stir fries etc. Needless to say they love to eat out in restaurants, but my older son more so it is almost as if he is enamored with outside food.
He is home from the University and can not stop teasing me about the extra pounds that I need to lose. It was one of those non stop teasing sessions that I turned around and pointed to him about the layer of fat that he had accumulated on his abdomen in spite of his regular workouts. Voila that did it, it was one of those rare moments in a parent’s life when you have really gotten through to your teenage child.
From that point on it has been a mission for him to lose that unwanted layer of fat. I must say I admire him for his dedication towards accomplishing that goal and that has been nothing short of exemplary.
He is now eating only quinoa, brown rice, spelt pasta, black beans etc.no more junk food for him and NO CHEATING WOW!!! Wonders never cease. Needless to say the results are evident.
This is a very simple stir fry that I put together for him ( with the zucchini and kale from my garden) and he happily had it with brown rice and plain black beans.
1 yellow zucchini squash sliced
1 red pepper sliced
1 cup mix of tender leafy greens ( baby spinach, kale, chard etc)
2 cloves of garlic sliced
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil or ghee
slice of a lemon
salt to taste
In a cast iron pan or skillet heat the oil and add all the vegetables .Stir for few minutes and add cayenne pepper (to speed up the metabolism).
Add salt and lemon juice (aids in digestion) just before serving.