I can’t quite remember where I first heard of The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes, but I instantly loved the idea of it. Since I was a child, I’ve always been a “picky eater”. As a kid it was my escape from having to eat foods that didn’t appeal to me. Then I became a vegetarian, but I was a picky vegetarian that didn’t eat meat and didn’t eat tomatoes, kale, mushrooms, and more. When I decided to eat meat again, part of the driving force behind that decision was so that I wasn’t so restricted with things that I could and couldn’t eat. Now I realize that when I decided to go gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo that my diet once again became restrictive, but these are restrictions that I choose because I feel good eating paleo, not because of being “picky”.
I started this challenge to encourage myself to try more foods and, most importantly, to LIKE more foods. Although, I’m much less picky now as an adult, there are still more vegetables that I would like to ENJOY eating. From personal experience, I’ve found that the more often that I am exposed to a vegetable, the more I like it. This has been my experience with Kale, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Tomatoes, and Cilantro.
Jennifer Tyler Lee wrote this challenge to encourage families to try new foods together. To make new foods less scary for kids, she makes a game out of it. Her children have also helped to develop the recipes for the book. I enjoy highlighting new foods each week and sharing some food facts.
I hope you’ll join me on my 52 New Foods Challenge.
Hugs and Health <3,