Star Fruit for Star Children

Star Fruit…

When our children work hard, play hard, exude kindness…we want to acknowledge this “Star” behavior.

Star Fruit

Especially foster children! There is this pervasive feeling of not belonging, so we work doubly hard to fill this child with love. This week we make a fun celebration and everyone enjoys the beautiful…

Star Fruit Salad.

At our local Farmer’s Market, there are two booths that have this beautiful fruit. We enjoyed this fruit while traveling in Costa Rica, but I didn’t realize that it also grows in Florida! How exciting! It is called the Carambola fruit or Star fruit. Utilizing local fruit is a way to maximize of the nutrients and cost-savings.

We try to eat; real, local, organic, non GMO and kosher; so food is not an easy commodity to procure. Realistically, we are following the 80/20 rule..our best effort. We try not to get too hung up emotionally and incorporate grace. Admittedly it is a hard balance because of what we have experienced. See here.

But how fun is it to make stars and serve it in a salad?!

What is “Star” behavior?

  • Doing all your jurisdictions (bonus for doing it without being reminded)
  • Making peace with siblings
  • Honoring parents and elders
  • Demonstrating kindness (bonus when the other is being unkind)
  • Exhibiting excellent effort for education
  • Showing compassion

There are days it seems that constructive feedback is abounding. But I love genuine encouragement and really want to give that to my children. Here’s a new way of encouragement…

Recipe:

First we start with the fruit: Star Fruit

Whole Star Fruit

Simply slice perpendicular to the ridge lines.

Break off or cut desired amount of local salad-type greens into a bowl. More beneficial greens here.

We place the Star Fruit on the top with organic berries and sprouts (sunflower sprouts are shown).

Star Fruit Salad

Everyone “oohs” and “aaaahs” when the salad is presented. I share with Daddy all the “Star” behavior of the day and enjoy seeing each child beam with pride. We then drizzle a bit of our peach vinaigrette dressing.

It’s delicious and truly “eye candy” that brings a sparkle to every eye at the table. I would like a serving bowl like one of these.

Please enjoy the fun and join us as we keep Fostering Nutrition!

Star Fruit Salad

 

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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using fun and real food. As a Mom to birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple, affordable ways to recover health and to have fun, while supporting your doctor... Connect with Mandy through Twitter and Facebook.
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