Rebooting Your Family’s Taste Buds 04.01.11

Rebooting Your Family’s Taste Buds

Yesterday I spoke with Joe Cross at the Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City. Today, Joe launches his new documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” chronicling his bold adventure to save his life by eating fruits and vegetables. 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, he was at the end of his rope. He saved himself by only drinking vegetable and fruit juice for 60 days, and made a nutrition road trip film in the process. After 60 juice days he switched to a more balanced diet, which included lots of fruits and veggies. It worked! Joe lost the weight, made the award-winning movie and is off of his medications! Video clip of his interview below:

This Australian juice-drinking businessman turned filmmaker has some wise advice for parents:

1) The more you eat vegetables the more you enjoy them. Try to reset your taste buds.
2) Cook with your kids! Joe was not drawn to cooking as a kid and so his parents never encouraged it. He is still self-conscious when cooking for friends – but he still does it.
3) Don’t stress out if your kid doesn’t like vegetables. It doesn’t mean they will never change. Look at Joe!
4) Recalibrate your taste buds. He has lots of tips on his website to helping you love the taste of fresh veggies. Go to
5) Lead by example. Your kids are watching what you eat.
6) Smoothies and juices are a great way to get kids loving their vegetables.*

*My 3 year old daughter is a selective eater and for some reason doesn’t trust most green things. However, she loves kale blueberry smoothies. Her allergist, Dr. Firshein, advised that as long as she is eating green food, even in a fruit drink, she will develop taste buds to like greens as she grows. Watch this short clip (shot on my phone) of her making a kale smoothie:

Comments (3)

Mama Amanda

I use my blendtec to make our smoothies and I always use spinach. I’m not very familiar with kale but if your daughter likes it, maybe I will too. Thanks for the tip!

Sarah Schenck

This is totally true about kale. I used to tolerate kale, now I LOVE it, and even crave it raw sometimes.

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