how do you make your child eat healthy food?

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Marla - posted on 08/30/2011

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My first step was to get rid of junk food. My next step was to put a bin in the fridge with healthy choices, yogurt, cheese, cut up fruit. I also have a bin in the pantry that includes healthy snack options. One thing I make sure of is I only stock enough for a few snacks, once they are out, they are out for the day. I then use a copy of the food pyramid and remind my kids as I fix their plates that we have to include all the food groups. Doing this helps them see why we need to have it. My 7yo even says, "Just because it's on your plate doesn't mean it counts."

Marie - posted on 08/11/2009

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I agrre with you Edythe!!! My 5 year old daughter LOOOOVES helping in the kitchen and she's so proud to serve her father something she cooked "herself"! Besides, it's very easy to dress the plates with funny shapes! It helped me a lot!!!

Edythe - posted on 08/11/2009

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i hide it.most recipes like spagetti make it easy.puree it or cut it up really fine and mix it in to sauces,breads etc...plus raw veggies and ranch dressing works wonders...oh and also try to let them help in the kitchen,they like to eat what they helped make...hope this helps..

Karen - posted on 08/11/2009

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It's hard, especially if you have to break old habits. Try having more healthier choices - cut up pieces of fruits, veggies and dip, OJ popsicles, fruit smoothies, jello with fruit, etc. The less junk food you eat or have in the house, the easier it is for you all. A growing child needs to have vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies. If you don't have a good supplement, then ask me how I get my kids their full amount each day in a nutritional and tasteful drink! It's easy and you are assured that your children will be healthy and less sick! Trust me, I've been doing it for 17 years!! Here's to your family's health!

Lisa - posted on 08/11/2009

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Easy. I don't give her a choice. If she doesn't want to eat the healthy food, then she's not hungry enough. Sounds mean, but it's better for her in the long run, and what's better, is that it works.

Toni - posted on 08/10/2009

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I found lots of colorful fruits and vegetables helps. Plus allowing my daughter to help prepare something makes her want all the more to eat it.

Whitney - posted on 08/09/2009

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If getting them to try it is the problem, I have a fun idea (actually, it was Family Fun's idea). We made paper caterpillars (one big circle for the head & smaller ones for the "food tried" additions). Every time they tried a new food, they got a new circle added to their caterpillar with the date & name of the food written on it. We hung them high on the wall to display for all to see the progress. It didn't take long for the caterpillars to grow and circle the room. It became a friendly competition with our boys & they started eating a larger variety of things. It was also a great conversation piece when friends came to visit. I hope this helps!

Jeanette - posted on 08/08/2009

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I agree your child will only eat what you give them, we have recently started to try to eat more healthy, went to whole wheat bread, my daughter never said a word when I made her pb&j sandwich. We also went to skim milk, she never noticed, if it's good and cold the never will notice, my daughter has always loved grapes, yogurt, light popcorn for snacks..... baby steps

Ashley - posted on 08/08/2009

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only let him eat healthy food,after all, a child can only eat what you give him

Jo - posted on 08/08/2009

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Start by leading by example eating helathy foods yourself. We rarely eat out, but instead prepare our meals at home from scratch. This way you know what's going in.

A great book to buy or (even better) to check out at the local library i: "The Art of Hiding Vegetables: Sneaky Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food " I work at a school-age daycare and I am amazed at the number of kids who complain when we cook roast, seafood, or even pasta! So many families cater to what the kids want to eat each night, custom cooking chicken nuggets and fries or hotdogs and mac and cheese like a short order diner! Broaden their little horizons.
Once during our Cinco De Mayo celebration at the daycare, I made homemade salsa in a blender with tomatoes, onion, garlic, bell peppers and even cilantro and jalapenos, if you can believe that! I made 2 full batches and did not have a drop left just 1/2 hr later. The kids cried for more! Now we have chips and salsa for snack at least once a month!

Jodi - posted on 08/07/2009

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That's all that I have in the pantry. Then they don't have any choice but to choose from healthy foods. The only time I allow my kids a treat is after they eat all their dinner, and that is hidden way up the top where they can't see it or get to it. My kids are 12 and 4 (and step-kids 17 and 10) and they know the drill now. When they eat their healthy foods, they get a treat at the end of the day.

Laura - posted on 08/07/2009

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Start them on fruits and veggies and healthy snacks early. Limit the junk food, fast foods, as more treats. My son LOVES veggies and fruit he doesn't care for bananas anymore, because he used to eat up to 3 a day when he was a baby.

Ciara - posted on 08/07/2009

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By not allowing him to eat junk food.. he has to eat something when he's hungry.. so i take the junk food away or offer it to him AFTER hes eaten his dinner/lunch etc as a reward.

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