I have two boys,one is 6 and the other is 8, how to get them to eat real food or heathy food.

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Gianni - posted on 06/22/2012

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I agree with the above posts. It's all about options and empowerment (by offering them the power to make their own food choices) with kids this age. Offer them choices amongst only healthy foods.

Shelly - posted on 06/20/2012

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Hi, I agree with Kimberly. But you also have to change your life style and state of mind. Eliminate all packaged food and snacks in noisy bags! Don't offer any juice. your kids can snack on fruits (anything you find in season) and vegetables like carrot, cucumbers, celery sticks. Just chop some and serve, don't ask. Try nuts too pistachio and almonds. Just don't give up and buy good quality produce. I never met a child that didn't like a crunchy romaine lettuce. I always encourage them to try or I make sure they are hungry. NO SNACKS BEFORE MEALS. Don't offer any other drink but water. If you like you can look at my blog www.QuickQuickYumYum.com for some healthful, delicious and particle recipes. Appropriate for all ages. Good luck. Let me know if you need more quick recipes.

Mummo - posted on 05/11/2012

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I think Kimberly had great advice. If the only options they have are healthy ones, they will learn to eat and love it. When I had my daughter, I felt so guilty and bad when she wouldn't want the things I made. But my husband was adamant that she should learn to eat what we like because we can't treat our kitchen like a restaurant. So I started by making something she was sure to like and would put a little on her plate. Then I made other things that I wanted to "teach" her to like and would add a little to her plate. The deal was that everything needed to be eaten before there were seconds or dessert. If she wasn't hungry enough to eat what was on her plate, there obviously wasn't room for dessert!

Again, we still have treats but they are just that: treats. They're not a substitute for a meal. Now, my kids are both great eaters (now also almost 6 and 8). And even when left to their own devices (i.e. birthday parties) they'll definitely eat all the treats but will still grab some fruit/veg if it's available. My daughter was even telling my son this morning how glad she was that I've made them eat healthy foods! I was so proud.

Also I love cooking with the kids. Even if it is something simple. They are much more receptive of trying things when they are involved. I ended up making a little pizza book inspired by them. If you're interested, you can check it out on my website.

Be strong and don't give up. It's worth the effort.

Mumo
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Kimberly - posted on 05/04/2012

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What do you mean by 'real food'? I found the best way to get kids to eat healthy is to have that be the option you give them. Get rid of the packages foods and junk and fill it instead with fresh fruits and healthy snacks such a saltana's rice crackers, cheese sticks, yogurts. If they want something to eat give them a choice between a apple or grapes. Make veggies or salad to go with there meat for dinner rather then fries. My daughter still gets treats but she knows that its only once in a while and she isnt allowed more then one a day. She goes to daycare and has special tiny teddies that she only gets on the two days she goes. Its hard to change habits but if you all start together and there is another option then they will soon come around to it cause they will get hungry too!!! If the want chicken nuggets make your own out of fresh chicken breast cut into pieces and coated in bread crumbs and baked in the oven Good luck with it

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