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Day 5: Enlist the forces

Tip of the day:  Let the kids be part of the process.  When they have time and interest invested, they are more likely to discover new foods and discover they actually like them. Kids can do a lot of things.  Let them choose the produce at the store, wash it, chop  it(unless they are a four year old who thinks everything can be cut with…

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Day 4: Dress it up

I'll admit, my kids have never eaten a piece of broccoli without ranch.  They have never eaten raspberries outside of a smoothie, and they haven't tried blueberries without the muffin.  But we're trying.  But even I think some things are tastier when they are dressed up. There are a million ways to dress up fruits and vegetables so they are appealing…

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Day 3: Carrot Juice anyone?

Please do NOT waste nine years of your childs life like I did without letting them try carrot juice! My kids loved it.  I had NO idea.  Now I really need to get one of those super duper juicer/blender very expensive things.  I found some carrot juice with apple and passion fruit added toit at the store.  The carrot juice was…

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Day 2: Eat The Rainbow

  Variety, Variety, Variety.  For years the "Produce for Better Health Foundation" at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/, formally known as 5aday,  has been teaching this.  I will quote directly from their literature:"Eating fruits and veggies in a variety of colors--red, dark green, yellow, blue, purple, white and orange--provides the broadest range of nutrients. And color is a great way to engage kids--from filling…

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Day 1: Where is your Fruit Basket

The first step to helping your kids eat more fruits and vegetables is to make it accesible to them.  Do you keep your fruit basket on the counter where they can't reach it.  If you don't want them getting snacks themselves, is it in their line of sight where they can see it and ask you for it. I keep…

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Healthy Cookies

OK, I just had to write another post dedicated to dessert.  It's not for the kids sake, but for my own.  I didn't get all the junk in my trunk from eating salad. It's hard to find a good recipe for two reasons. One, the recipe includes ingredients I don't normally buy such as "trans-fat free soy almost like butter but…

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Are You Hungry?

Tip of the day: Let kids regulate how much food they will eat. I get a lot of questions regarding how much children need to eat in a day.  The problem is there are so many answers to this question, and your child is the one that should be answering it.  Even the new food guide pyramid is more customized…

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Being Active = Fun

Tip of the day: Having fun while you and your kids are active. Remember when you didn't have to register and pay to play soccer. Your kids would leave first thing in the morning, and you wouldn't see them till they were called in for dinner.  Clearly times have changed, but there are still so many ways your kids can…

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H2O, AKA Water

Tip of the day; Provide easy access to Water for your kids. My husband and I have had the same fight about water for 11 years now.  That fight goes something like this, Me "I think we should get some bottled water to take to the cabin tomorow night." Him, "What? Do you think they don't have any sinks there?"…

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Fast and healthy snacks

I'm always searching the grocery store shelves for something new, healthy, and fast.  So when I saw these "Fruit Crisps" at Costco, I was more than a little excited.   They are 100% natural Freeze-Dried Fruit.  They truly are healthy.  Each pouch boasts one half cup of fruit and there is nothing added! Well, maybe they should have added a little…

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