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Moms Talk: How Do You Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy?

Help your children make healthy decisions regarding food.

Let's talk healthy meal ideas and how you can put a nutritious spin on a traditionally unhealthy meal. Some foods just need a small adjustment in order to be much more nutrient dense. You can choose a different source of meat, add more veggies, or go wild and try something completely new.

Perhaps a good way to involve children in making healthy food choices is to tell them the benefits of eating certain foods (and limiting others).

Protein builds muscle and carbohydrates give you energy. Therefore, if you want to be a fast runner and have strong muscles, you need both foods. Vegetables give you vitamins that help you grow taller. It’s that simple.

Are your kids allowed to ask for an alternate meal if they don't like what's on the "menu?" Or must they eat what is served or go hungry?

How do you get your children to eat vegetables, cut sugar and limit unhealthy snacking between meals? Share your recipes and tricks here.

Suzanne Flynn May 12, 2011 at 03:21 PM
We have never made a special meal for our kids. They eat was is served. Now, I will make sides that I know they like, but for the most part they eat great! Steak, veggies, chicken, pork chops, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. I always try to serve veggies or fruit with every meal. They can have sugary cereal for breakfast, but they have to have fruit or yogurt with it. Yogurt is a big staple in our house. Snacks, with meals etc. It's our go to item! My four year old isn't a big veggie eater - but my 8 year old wasn't at that age and now he LOVES veggies! I also let them help me cook - that seems to help them eat better! And some nights, I let them pick the menu - or we'll have a fun menu night - like all appetizer foods! They know it's okay to eat "unhealthy" in moderation. And sometimes for convenience. But not all the time. And as I always remind myself - it's how well they're eating over a 7 day (WEEK) period. Day to day doesn't matter - the doctors even tell you that. So I don't stress on the day to day eating. I pick my battles and that's not one I choose to fight over.
Andy Schamisso May 13, 2011 at 03:51 PM
They can also drink Inko's White Tea. We have an especially low-calorie, all-natural drink approved by the NYC Dept. of ED for sale into schools. (NYC now as the strictest health guidelines in he Country.) Andy

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