Healthy eating for my 6 year old

Charlotte - posted on 03/17/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old used to love fruit and vegetables when she was a baby, now I can only get her to eat apples, pears, watermelon for fruit, and corn for vegetables. She is on a medicine for behavior and doctor said it will cause her to gain weight. I have noticed that she has put on some extra pounds. How can I get her to eat more of a selection of fruit and vegetables other than for dinner. I give her sugar-free koolaid in her lunch for school along with a sandwich, fruit cup, 90 calorie cookie pack and 100 calorie cracker pack. Is that wrong??? I no longer allow sweets in the house and she seems to be adjusting well to that, but I would feel better getting her to eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Or find some good healthy desserts.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2011

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My kids are great at eating fruits and veggies, but I'm still always trying to find different ways for them to eat more of those and less of the "junk" type food that their father always insists has to be in the house. One way, is on special occasion (like a snow day) I will make them pancakes. instead of the usual regular pancakes with maple syrup, I mix blueberries and/or bananas in the mix. Then for topping I put on some homemade strawberry jam. Jam does have a lot of sugar in it (this year I'm going to try to make a bunch of sugar free), but it does have a lot of actual strawberry pieces also. Before a couple months ago, I didn't let my kids get things out of the fridge/cupboards without asking, because if I did, they would fill up on junk and not eat the healthy meals I cook. A couple months ago, I started cutting up a bunch of veggies/ fruit like carrots, celery, green peppers, or grapes and puting them in the small snack size baggies. I put them in the crisper in the fridge and told my kids that any time they were hungry, they didn't have to ask anymore, but could get in the fridge and get a bag. They were so excited to be able to get something their self, that they are eating a ton of extra veggies now, and I could care less how often they get in there, because I know it is really healthy for them. One last thing is that I make a bunch of smoothies for desert after supper. All I put in the smoothies is some kind of frozen fruit (usually a mixed variety), a couple bananas, milk, and a tiny bit of sugar (like maybe 2 Tbs. for an entire blender full). I then blend it all together and pour it in cups. My kids go nuts for it!

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Shelby - posted on 03/17/2011

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My daughter will be six next week and also can be a picky eater. I have learned that by constantly offering veggies and fruits to her, she does end up liking them but it does take awhile. All you can do is continously offer them to her with each meal. Also, Pediasure works great. My son is 1 and had lost some weight due to influenza but I know that older kids drink it too! It gives them nutrients that they need in a yummy fun way! And I also do Flinstone Vitamins for my 3 and 6 year old and it helps a ton!! Hope this helps. You are doing the right thing:) Just takes time with little picky girls;) (I know I have 2)

Charlotte - posted on 03/17/2011

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Thanks Jennifer...will definitely keep that in mind. She was always complaining" i'm hungry mom...mom i'm hungry" but in the past week, she's maybe said it once or twice...which in turn makes me feel good because I know I'm doing something right.

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