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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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Veggies in hamburgers, not to be confused with veggie burgers

Tip of the day:  Add zucchini or other vegetables to hamburger meat. I get a lot of questions about hiding vegetables in kid's food.  My opinion on this trend as stated in a previous post is that as long as you are also serving vegetables with the meal, it's OK to "increase the nutritional value" of a dish by adding…

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Simply Salad

Tip of the day:  Keep it simple I couldn't believe my ears!!  I had to ask "whaaaat?", several times.  The stars must've been aligned exactly right, I must have said my prayers, maybe it's good karma for writing a blog about healthy eating, but my cereal boy (9 years old) ate his salad, and ASKED FOR MORE!   I have been…

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Cereal for Breakfast

Tip of the day: Add flavored yogurt to a low-sugar cereal.  My kids favorite is strawberry yogurt over Cheerios.  This is a guaranteed success in my home.  My kids almost ask for it every morning.  Other favorites are any flavor over "Rice Krispies", and vanilla yogurt over "Honey Bunches of Oats".  If you want to take it a step healthier,…

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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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