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Breaking Internet news : Onions improve your brain’s ability to play Minecraft

Posted on: by Kate

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Our kids are pretty good little eaters. They eat their fair share of vegetables and fruits.  They all have a very small list of foods they really dislike.  Onions top the list for all of the kids.  Because they have so few things that they dislike, we don’t really push it on the few things they avoid.

I didn’t like onions until I was an adult.  Onions topped the list of all the foods my brother and I disliked as kids also.  The problem was, my mom did all the cooking and she liked onions.  So more evenings than I care to admit, my brother and I dry heaved our way through something my mom worked really hard on making for us.  I vowed that when I was an adult, I would not cook things I knew my kids didn’t like.  We reward our kids for trying new things, but I just avoid the whine fest by just not making onion filled foods. There are vitamins and fiber in other things they like. Pick your battles and all.

Occasionally we eat out and sometimes the things the kids order might have onions.  While we don’t force them to eat the onions, we try to encourage them to take a couple bites.  Our encouragements bring me back to another thing my mom used to do.  “Onions fight cancer.” was my mom’s biggest selling point for onions.  This meant literally nothing to me. I didn’t have cancer so why did I need to eat it’s foe? As a joke that amuses nobody but me I will say “Onions fight cancer.” every time there are onions on their plate. and a kid will respond “I don’t have cancer.” and I am all “Fair rebuttal, you may pick them out.”

The other day my husband did something straight up genius.  Deceitful as all get out, but genius and I am thinking it is worth passing along. So we are all at Daphne’s one evening enjoying “Kids Eat Free” dinner.  Our kids all ordered a side salad and I was bursting with pride.  As he always does, right after saying Grace my son starts to scoop the red onions off his salad and plop them on top of mine.  “Thanks Bud.” I say as if it is a favor he is doing for me. “Welcome Mom.” he says, because he doesn’t understand Mom’s subtle sarcasm yet.

As he is still scooping my husband goes “You know, onions have a special vitamin in them that helps improve your Minecraft game.”  mic drop.

Bubba stops what he is doing.  He pauses and smiles “No way, that’s a joke.”

Dead serious husband who will one day reap what he is sowing in the lying department goes “It’s on the internet.”

Son *processing*

Husband “I mean, you don’t have to eat them, but they have a specific kind of vitamin that really helps grow the area of your brain that you use for Minecraft.  The guys that play it professionally eat tons of onions, but you don’t have to.”

Son *totally buying it*

“You read it for real? Are there other foods that have that vitamin.” Son

“Yeah, there are other foods that have it but onions are super high it in.” Husband

Son *gets suspicious for a second* “Well what is the name of the vitamin?”

Husband bluffs too good for his own good “I don’t remember the name.  I like onions and I don’t care about Minecraft so I wasn’t really paying attention. You don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to, but it helps.  We can look it up when we get home if you want.”

Son “Can I have those back?” re : the onions he gave me.  He repossessed his onions you guys.

All this time big sister was in the restroom. She comes back to what she assumes is bizarro world because her brother is happily crunching a giant red onion slice.  “J look, I am eating onions.” and she is all “What? Did they pay you?” (side note, we don’t pay our kids to eat stuff but they always ask us to…. who is telling kids this is an option in life?!). “Nope, but I am going to get super good at Minecraft, this helps my brain get super strong in the Minecraft spot.”

While she was not nearly as easy a sell as her brother, J eventually bought it too and both kids ate every onion on their salad.

In an effort of full disclosure, I suppose I should mention it didn’t last long.  Both kids happily ate onions that were in their dinner the following night.  After that they called baloney and started discarding their onions again.  It was nice while it lasted.

Anyway, Daddy read it “On the internet somewhere” that onions will improve your Minecraft game and that was all it took to turn their hearts towards onions. Even if it was short lived I consider that a win.

….. and now you have read it on the internet.

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 16 Responses
  1. Doria says:

    Hahaha I’m dying! Hey, sometimes you have to get creative when dealing with the kiddos. 😉 We’ve tried a few little white lies in the past to help our super picky eater get more comfortable with some foods, but often he doesn’t buy it!

  2. Pam says:

    That’s great you were able to get the kids to eat onions (briefly). Not sure where the kids are getting the option they get paid to eat though. lol My kids are out of luck on that option too! 🙂

  3. Diane Sullivan says:

    Hilarious! Well pass us the onions too! My kids are big and still do not like onions or even try to eat them.

  4. Heather says:

    This is so funny! We do the same with our kids. My four year old thinks that if he eats enough carrots he’ll get X-ray vision. He got that because I was able to see that he had his shirt on backwards without seeing the tag. He asked how I knew and I said because I have X-ray vision from eating all my veggies. So now this is the new thing. I’m loving it.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love this story and he did have him fooled for a little bit. lol My kids have always been good eaters so I never had to do anything or say anything for them to eat certain things. Thanks for sharing your story.

  6. Sara says:

    I think that onions are an adult flavor. I hated onions as a child and now they are one of my favorite foods. I think that kids should taste everything, and one day they will hopefully like it!

  7. Ashley says:

    Too funny! I can’t wait to be able to tell my daughter these things. She’s only 3 months old right now, but I have the feeling getting her to eat certain things will be tough when she’s older!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Hilarious – that is how you properly use manipulation in parenting to better your child! Haha

  9. I wish! I have tried so many tricks and they don’t work! I can’t wait for my kids to surpass this phase!

  10. Clara says:

    I thought everyone knew about the Minecraft onion connection. I’ve been eating onions for years just for that reason.

  11. Emma Spellman says:

    That is too funny. Maybe create a fake blog with an article about minecraft and the benefit of onions and have him read it. That would take it to a whole other level. Haha.

  12. Amanda Love says:

    Maybe I should start gathering articles online that are all about veggies and gaming. That would definitely change the game for me and my kids, lol. This was a fun read!

  13. Krystal says:

    Isn’t that the funniest thing?! I have a little dude who says the CRAZIEST Things!

  14. Rust says:

    This is a very cute story. I always pushed mine to the side as a kid, because my mom cooked with them often. Now I do too, but I think I use more! And garlic too, two things I hated as a kid. Funny how our tastes change as we grow up.

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