I had a frank talk with them this morning. “Look kids, you must eat vegetables for lunch. It will help you learn better in school. So you choose. I’ll make a little tiny side salad with dressing, or you can just eat your carrots. What do you choose.”
I don’t like salad
“Yes you do! You eat it every night
How about we make a fruit salad
We could make a green salad, with fruit on top
Or a fruit salad, with carrots on top
I can’t even taste the carrots! My fruit salad is so good, and it has vegetables, and it will make me smarter
So next came cereal boy…Me, “Would you like a small green salad in your lunch, or a bag of carrots?” He chose green salad. Then I asked if he wanted carrots on top with ranch, or fruit on top with a sweet dressing. He chose sweet. I put the dressing on the bottom of the bowl, so he could mix it up when he got to school.
The moral of the story:
The whole point of this blog is to empower them to make good choices. To get your kids to the point they will want to eat well whether you are looking over their shoulders or not. On their rode to independence, they can be a leader among their peers and encourage healthy eating. They can Make it the “cool thing” to have a salad in their lunch. But most importantly, engage them in the process and let them make decisions.