today's selection: brown rice with sauteed spinach and kale, baby carrots, WFM Health Starts Here pumpkin bread and grapes.

Our ten-year-old is a great eater and has really taken to our new plant-strong lifestyle, but I know I must be careful about him getting all the nutrients his growing, active body needs.  One of my concerns is calcium.  From what I've read, among the most calcium-rich sources are broccoli, bok choy, collard greens and kale.  Charlie does like broccoli and bok choy, but the latter two are another story... and even his step-dad's persuasive fondness for kale chips has not swayed him... until now... (maybe...)

Last night, I thought I would try something and see if he noticed.  I mixed some lacinato (dinosaur) kale in with the sauteed spinach I made for dinner.  I made it nice and garlicky, just how he likes it.  The first bite got no reaction, but then I got a "what kind of spinach is this?"  I fessed up that it was a "special" kind of kale and then told him that kale is really healthy for him and I am worried that he is getting enough good stuff to eat.  I played it up a little bit and he said he would try to like it.  I'm not sure if I pushed my luck sending the leftovers to school for lunch today... we'll see what comes home in the bento box...

3:50 pm Update:
I have sad news to report.  The section with the brown rice and spinach/kale came home completely untouched, even the rice!  As a young person I know says, it was an "epic fail."  Oh well.  Just made the little bugger a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on sprouted wheat bread for his snack.