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What are your children’s favorite health foods?

In this lifetime I just have pets, no kids.  So I can only speak about feeding kids from theory. One thing I know is that it’s important to start kids on a healthy diet when they’re first introduced to food from a bowl or a plate.  It gets harder and harder as they get older to change their diet from cheese burgers, fries, and soda pop to stir fries, salads, and water.  Their food patterns can get set – just like yours may have gotten set.  But, it’s never too late to introduce healthy foods into our family’s diets.

Let’s hear from the parents out there–whether your kids are still at home or on their own.  

  • What do you (did you) feed your kids? 
  • How do you (did you) get them to eat more healthfully? 
  • What are (were) their favorite health foods?

Give us all the gory details please and share your secrets (or challenges!) at the comment link below….because this is such a big important topic!

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  1. Although I don’t have kids either, I did see an Oprah show a while ago where she promoted a cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld (wife of Jerry) It’s called ‘Deceptively Delicious’ and I bought a copy for myself! She purees all sorts of vegetables and ‘hides’ them in other foods, ‘junk food’ becomes ‘health food’ I love that idea! Did you know that you can’t taste some of these purees at all? Cauliflower can be used in mashed potatoes or scrambled eggs and you wouldn’t know it was there. I love it!

  2. Sunshine says:

    Well my kids are in their 20’s now, but I still try to incorporate veggies whenever I can for them. I usually do it by adding to something so they don’t really know they are eating it, which seems to work well. I also try to have healthy snacks around the house and prepare meals so they don’t go out to eat. I want them to think eating out is supposed to be something that you do maybe once a month for a special reason. I believe if Americans prepared meals at home we would be a much healthy society. Well it would be a good start anyways and just think of all the money you would save!! Maybe take a nice family vacation with the savings!!!

  3. mommymarnie says:

    Favorite health foods are organic fruits and veggies and kefir.

    I make a lot of smoothies with homemade kefir and lots of fruits and veggies (great place to hide veggies)

    My kids are usually greeted with either a fruit/cheese platter or a veggie platter when they get home from school – great way to get healhty stuff in them and if they fill up on it I don’t feel bad.

    No matter how old they are they all like to eat out of a muffin tin or have a “tea party” with small appetizer size portions of healhty food – even my boys if I don’t make it frilly or girly.

  4. Hi Maggie, Marnie, and Sunshine! You all are doing a fabulous job of feeding your kids.

    I’ve never put veggies in a smoothie – would like to know more about that! I make my smooties with fruit.

    Eating snacks out of a muffin tin – kids would love that! I think that’s why Bento is so popular. Small, elegant or fun sized servings.

    I wish someone greeted me wtih a tray of food when I got home :)

    Thanksk for commenting! Cheryl

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