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Merry Christmas

Tip of the day:  Mix your salad greens and carrots in with something sweet.  I made my own version of waldorf salad.  I used shredded carrots, chopped apple super small, shredded cabbage, a squirt of mayo, and a drop of lemon juice.  I omitted the nuts and raisins, knowing my kids wouldn't consider trying it if they saw raisins.   I…

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More parties

Idea of the day:  If you are going to a holiday party, bring something healthy that is irresistible to your own kids.  For my kids, who won't normally eat the regular food at family parties, but always have dessert, I knew they would eat orange slices or 100% fruit juice.  Although it wasn't much, I knew my kids would at…

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Holiday parties

I've always believed if you don't make any food forbidden to your child, they won't go crazy when junk food is available to them. Stock your cupboards with healthy fare, and when there are parties and holiday's they can eat fun, yummy, sugary, fattening food.  That's what I love about parties too, it's part of our culture after all.  …

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Stronger immunity

Tis the season for lot's of junk food, which means compromised immune systems.  However, for every problem there is a solution.  Being winter, very cold and snowy, and now home for the holiday break, I need my kids to have the strongest immune system possible!  And after the junk food fest yesterday that they call the last day of school,…

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They will eat what’s available

In Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right Dr. Fuhrman claims kids will eat what is available.  If you stock your pantry with healthy food instead of processed food, they WILL EAT! Without coaxing, coercion tc.   A child who refuses to eat fruits and vegetables and only eats chocolate chip cookies and french fries, does it because cookies…

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Hiding Vegetables

Normally I am opposed to hiding vegetables.  I have always felt like kids should know and choose to eat vegetables so when they leave the nest, they will continue to eat them.  Well, I wanted to try some recipes from Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food or the Sneaky Chef because I can also put…

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Fiber

According to my idol, Dr. Oz from Oprah, Fiber is THE most important thing in our diet.  Children over five should be consuming 5grams of fiber, plus their age.  So my 9 year old would need 14 grams of fiber a day. So, they wanted pancakes for breakfast.  Sometimes I buy whole wheat pancake mix, sometimes I just buy what's…

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Sack lunches

It has always been a challenge for me to include vegetables in a sack lunch.  Of course there is the old standby of cut up carrots with a side of ranch, but I'm sure this gets old quick, and it's the first thing to be tossed in the garbage.   I think a key here to getting the carrots eaten is…

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Healthy muffin recipe

Many days, my kids literally survive on snacks.  Some days I don't have time to fix actual meals, or we don't have time to sit down for them, so my snacks need to pack a lot of nutrients in them.  However, constant snacking can get pricey.  An average pouch of fruit snacks (which carries no nutrients and does little to…

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I want more Carrots!

My passion and goal is to get the kids to want to eat healthy!  We won't be with them throughout their lives pushing the healthy stuff on them and rewarding them with a cookie if they take one bite of their green beans.  Once your kids start making their own choices, they should be choosing healthy food, because they know…

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