You know where this post is going…. 🙁
Amy and I met at an elementary school to do some nutriion ed this morning.
I made another Superfoods board! (The rest of the border is coming!)
Then we did the morning news!! A lesson on BEANS!!!! We even sang a song about beans at the end 🙂
Next up was a kindergarten lesson on healthy snacks. We talked about lots of options like fruits, veggies and hummus, yogurt and…… Trail mix!!
We had the kids assemble their own trail mix baggies with Cheerios, pretzels, raisins and choco chips for good measure (just a pinch!)
Lunch today ROCKED! I heart beans and cabbage 🙂
Pintos, steamed green cabbage, salad, a grapefruit wedge and applesauce.
HowEVER, the salad had red onions chopped small and I took a big ole bite and chomped into those oily onions and am still tasting it and I didn’t even swallow it. Poor me, right?
I didn’t finish my salad but I did eat Tammy’s cabbage serving too!!! That’s a lot of fiber and sulfur in one meal!
My husband literally pukes if he tastes or smells an onion. Needless to say hidden onions are a big deal for us! lol!
Jenn @ Livewellfit says
Those sneaky onions!!! I’ve learned that I can only handle onions cooked or in very specific dishes if they are raw!
I love that you are doing so many lessons with the kids! When I was teaching there was NO involvement from the nutrition staff nor lessons on eating healthy. I started to create my own but there is nothing like a guest speaker or visit to the lunch room for a field trip! You are doing awesome things Kath!
Jessica @ The Process of Healing says
Yummy meal but sorry about the onions!!
I also love that you are working with kids. And the trail mix is SO cool because I actually used to be in the early education program at my college (switched to business, LOVE kids but not good at teaching) and my friend and I created this whole unit of lessons on nutrition and one of the things we had the kids do was make trail mix and they LOVED it.
Do you like working with kids? Is that something you could see yourself doing? I love kindergarten and 1st grade age group.
I do really like working with kids, but I’m not sure I’d want to do it full time. But maybe as a consultant going into the schools for nutr. edu.
Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) says
Sorry about the onions 🙁 I love those toast glasses! It’s great that you guys are teaching kids about how eat healthy, I think it’s really important now a days!
Yep, I love it too that you are working with kids. Bet they do too!
Jessica @ How Sweet says
Ahhhh sorry about the onions. 🙁 My granpa HATES onions so much that we cannot make anything with them if he is around.
Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle says
Cute glasses 😉 It would awesome to have such great meals at work everyday (minus the onion of course)!!
I LOVE BEANS! I fully support their promotion and dispelling of any slanderous speak that they create embarrassing situations!
Sorry to hear about those sneaky onions!
So what’s the deal with you and onions?! I’m a new reader to your blog (loving it!) and I’ve seen you comment several times about onions. Did you have a bad experience with them earlier in life, or just never really liked them? All onions or just certain types? I love them, but I know they are a very strong and unpleasant taste to some people!
I LOVE that you guys are teaching young kids how to eat healthy!
My husband LOVES onion! He eats it raw, all by itself! Makes me gag!
I have learned to like regular onions, but I can’t STAND red onions so I feel your pain.
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope says
How fun! You are so great with these kids Kath!
Yikes! Sorry there was hidden onion in your salad! Hopefully the taste goes away soon!
You’re too cute with your beans haha. And I love that the kids got to make trail mix and learn about all of the awesome healthy snacks!
Estela @ Weekly bite says
Bummer about the onions! At least the rest of the food was good!
sounds like a really fun morning getting to hang out with the kids like that!
I have a cousin that’s allergic to onions. whenever she’s around, it’s so hard to remember to take out all onions. they’re in so many things you wouldn’t think about!
i wish you could realize how delicious onions really are! they offer so much nutritional benefit as well as amazing taste when combined with garlic and basically any other food.
Shannon (The Daily Balance) says
looks like you are having a blast with those kiddos! so nice that you are making such a positive difference in their lives 😉
onions LOVE you!!
Cynthia (It All Changes) says
Those pesky onions.
I love that you are teaching the kids to eat healthy. That will be a great addition to my women’s ministries lesson I’m doing next week on health.
Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) says
Was the song, “Beans, beans, they’re good for the heart…”?
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
Girl you crack me up with the onions! Are they really that bad! Haha 🙂
If you don’t mind my asking, do you have any suggestions for the effects of eating beans and cabbage? Especially since you ate both in one meal, I would anticipate some form of a “digestive reaction” to occur later on in the day, if you know what I mean. Also, since your diet consists of alot of foods that can cause intestional sensitivity, what are your suggestions to combat this?
I do have effects and just live with them. They were worth it!
I love red onions… but they make my breath smell and taste soooo badly.. I try to avoid them during the day when I have to talk to people other than my husband. He’s so lucky 🙂
Aww, that’s too bad about the onions…especially unexpected onions! haha What was the beans song? I immediately thought of “beans, beans the musical fruit…” hahaha – I think I might still be 7 years old. I imagine your song was a bit classier.
Lauren @ Eater not a runner says
I love the make your own trailmix, what a great idea for kids!
I don’t mind onions but they have to be well cooked otherwise that taste in my mouth grosses me out for 24 hours!
Katie @ Health for the Whole Self says
Because of the work you’re currently doing in schools, I thought you might find this article interesting. It’s about legislation that is about to be introduced that, if passed, will ban candy and sugar-filled beverages in schools, and require schools to offer more nutritious options.
Heather (Heather's Dish) says
bummer for you, but i love onions! i hope the flavor goes away soon for ya, i know how annoying it is to still be tasting something you hate long after 🙁
Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me says
Red onions are a little too strong for me. I LOVE onions but raw red onion is just a taste that doesn’t leave the mouth for awhile!
Are you allergic to onions or something?
I love them in salads and to flavor soups and other dishes, and I know some people prefer not to have them, but it sounds like you can’t even take a little bite!
was the song ‘beans beans good for your heart”???
haha I was wondering the same thing! Beans, beans, the musical fruit…
Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com says
Haha bad luck with the onions, that sucks!! Is my computer screen really blurry (highly likely, it’s a bad computer) or is the D missing on ‘superfoods’?! I love the trail mix idea and teaching the kids – making them do it themselves is the best way to learn 🙂
Have a great rest of the day!
The “D” is yellow!
Christie @ Honoring Health says
Cute picture with the kids hands 😀
lynn (The Actors Diet) says
i just met someone else who hates onions! except i think she’s allergic. are you allergic or you just hate the taste?
Funky Lady says
Love the pic with the trail mix grab bags…mostly because I love little chubby hands!
I quiet often eat beans/cabbage/greens and do not notice an issue so I wonder if it is something you can build a tolerance for. For the Superbowl, I made cabbage/taters, baked beans and other “southern fare” and my friend brought greens. I received a lot of comments about how I was adversely impacting everyone’s digestion! I really need to pay attention to how I feed my friends apparently! I wonder if some people are just more sensitive? It’s a mystery to me.
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg says
lol…you are so funny about onions 🙂
Love that pic of you with the glasses– hot stuff 🙂
Ally (Exercise and Pies) says
onions are amazing… they were an acquired taste for me but if i remember correctly you just straight up dont like em right?
Nutritious Foodie says
I love making my own trail mix as well 🙂
That’s so great that you’re teaching kids how healthy beans are! A lot of people aren’t aware of how healthy they are. Plus, they are delicious! I’m still trying to convince my boyfriend to try some bean dishes. He has bean prejudice :-P.
My husband HATES onions as well! I come from a family of onion lovers and I have always thought he was so weird for not liking them. It’s good to see that he’s not the only one!
hehe those galsses are sooo funny
you’ve got me craving trail mix…mmmmmmm
I find the onion hatred so fascinating, in terms of people’s taste buds and how different they are. I find onions sweet and yummy and yet I know a bunch of people who can’t eat something that they are in.
On the other hand, most of the oatmeal and smoothie things you eat are entirely unappetizing to me. However, we do share a love of hotsauce, kale and squash.
I guess that’s something you’ll face as an RD, working with people’s preferences and tastes while trying to make sure they get nutritious food!
Allison K says
what a fun day! I miss working at an elementary school!
Ahh I don’t know if this is the same with you, but whenever I even TASTE raw onions I end up nauseous with this bad taste in my mouth and on my hands for the rest of the day. Even if I eat a salad that touched them I am in a terrible mood the rest of the day. I don’t know if it’s an allergy or WHAT! I LOVE cooked onions, but raw onions (especially red ones) leave me with an unpleasant and unsettling feeling for the rest of the day.
Curses the damn onions! What I hate more is when I complain about onions being in something, the onion lover says “you can’t even taste them!” To which I reply “they why are they in there!”
That’s why I have to make my own salsa – the onion factor!
Yeah, well, cabbage trumps salad anyday anyway 😛
I also dislike onions and I HATE being surprised by an onion..
Lisa @bakebikeblog says
oh no re the onion!!!!! The lunch looked yummy though 🙂
awww 🙁 but onions are awesome! I used to hate them but now I think they’re super delish.
bummer about the onions.
I think you should consider this. And it comes from someone who has a long list of foods she doesn’t like but is trying to knock them off 😀 Cook down onions in oil til they’re sweet. Sooo different than raw onions. Makes such a great base for curries 🙂
Simply Life says
oh what a great idea of making their own trail mix! so fun and creative!
Jasmine @ Eat Move Write says
Ugh I hate onions too. Sounds like you had alot of fun!
I read this post while eating a salad with red onions on it! I love them though.
You are so lucky that you get to work with kids like that! What a great feeling you must get knowing you are teaching good habits in such a fun way. I wish someone had come to my elementary school with trail mix goodies. Hell, i wish someone would come to my house with that!
Any hope for you and *caramelized* onions? 🙂
I’m just teasing, but they really are healthy and — I think — yummy in small, cooked doses.
love the glasses! and your hatred of onions – it never gets old 🙂
Penny (Blonde Bibliophile) says
Beans and steamed cabbage sounds so good!
Sarah (OC2Seattle) says
Such a great idea to get kids interested in nutrition by letting them make their own trail mix (YUM)!
Heather (Skinny Ambition) says
The kids making there own snacks is so cute not to mention so cool!
Yum, cabbage. Sorry about that sneaky onion though!
I’ve been cooking with onions a lot lately. It’d be better if I didn’t like them though, my boyfriend has been complaining that I always smell like onions. At least you never have to worry about that!
Run Sarah says
What a fun game for the kids! I actually love onions but find the after-taste a bit much sometimes as well!
Kath, I’m just wonderingn why you are avoiding bananas. You mentioned that regarding your oatmeal. Is it a nutritional reason, a taste reason, a caloric reason….Please do explain. 🙂
Who said I’m avoiding bananas!?! I had one yesterday. And the day before.
Sorry, no offense intended. 🙂 You said something at breakfast about no banana and not missing the sweetness, so I just was wondering. Sorry to upset you. 🙁
Onions have many nutritional values. Are you just afraid of stinky breath? or do you not like the taste? You eat plenty of strong foods such as sardines, feta/goat cheese, garlic, wine, bananas (yeah they stink to me)…
Peel away the skin of this vegetable to find whole layers of health benefits. Worshiped by the Egyptians as far back as 3500 B.C., the onion symbolized eternity because of its concentric-circle construction.
Onions are rich in powerful sulfuric compounds, responsible for their pungent odor — and for irritating our eyes. Studies also suggest that onions may lower high blood pressure, reduce heart attack risk, and even help protect against cancer (probably thanks to the presence of phytochemicals and the flavonoid quercetin).
One large raw onion has only 63 calories, is made up of more than a cup of water, and provides up to 20% of your RDA of vitamin C. Do you tear up when slicing one? Try chilling the onion in the fridge and then delay cutting into the root end of the onion until the rest has been sliced or chopped.
RE. onions: I just really, really hate their strong taste and have a very keen sense of smell + taste and will taste them for HOURS if I even breathe in some of the oils. I’ve always hated them. I dont’ like garlic breath either, but I don’t mind the taste of garlic as much so I will eat it cooked.
Samantha (onion lover!) says
So that’s why there were no onions in your chicken rice soup yesterday…I was wondering. Onion is THE most important soup ingredient…. IMHO. I wonder if you would like them if they were cooked and pureed with a bunch of other yummy things.
I would love to hear the list of super foods that you put on the bulletin board…? Did you even put the chia seeds on it?
Just the superfoods offered in the cafeteria – lots of fruits, veggies, spinach, turkey, oats, etc.
Dude, I’m right there with you- and I think it’s funny that so many people are actually *surprised* when anyone says they don’t like onions- they’re VOLATILE!! 😛 Seriously, they make some people sick- I used to be able to handle, like, fake onion powder in soup mix when I was little, but holy crap- if I even bite into something with onion and spit it out, the taste is in my mouth till the next day, at least. In November when I was visiting my boyfriend in Vegas, we went to a restaurant and there was shallot and/or onion in the dressing on my salad- I was sick for an entire 24 hours after and couldn’t eat. I found something called Stomach Rescue by the company Peaceful Mountain (I think?) it’s actually just colloidal silver, ionic water and peppermint, but it’s AMAZING..the same hidden onion thing happened when I was on vacation in December, and it cured my stomach issues within an hour. I can’t eat garlic, as it has the same effect- gas, bloating, foggy headache, stomach pain…sometimes worse. If someone eats garlic and talks to me, I basically run screaming in the other direction- I think it’s the most disgusting smell everrrrr 😉
Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind says
I think it’s awesome that kids are getting this kind of nutritional education. I don’t remember learning things like this at school when I was a kid (maybe I just wasn’t paying attention??? ;)).
Are these programs something specific to your area, or are they fairly widespread? I’m very interested!
Every school system is different and does their own thing.
I have a question about onions. I recently started hanging out/dating someone who hates onions and can sense them from miles away.
I love to cook but I also have like onions so I do not mind and don’t mind mixes that have onions in them. How did you subsitute with onions and what are some good dishes without onions?
I never substitute onions – I just omit them. And my food always tastes great!! Use garlic or celery if you want.
Nicole (dishin') says
Sounds like fun 🙂 I want to be a kid again!