Get your Kids Excited about Eating Healthfully

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My girls love to eat healthy and this warms my heart. I have many clients who tell me that their kids are picky eaters or that they have no interest in trying new and healthy foods. Well, here are some tips they may just excite your kids about eating healthfully.

Play a game in the supermarket

Have each child pick out three snacks that they think are healthy to add to your cart. Getting them involved in the shopping process helps spark their interest in healthy eating. Empower them to make good food choices.

Get creative with cooking and let them help!

I make my girls whole grain pancakes that look like Mickey Mouse or a bowl of oatmeal with a smiley face made with raisins…little things like this get kids excited to eat healthy! There are great recipes out there that are kid-friendly and fun too—check out this website to give some a whirl.

Our government has some pretty awesome kids’ recipes too! Check them out!

Go for colorful

Kids are attracted to vibrant colors. I keep red, green, and yellow peppers on hand. My girls eat them like an apple. You can also cut them into strips and use ranch or hummus as a dip for them.

I keep frozen grapes and berries in the freezer. The perfect healthy snack or dessert. We also use them in smoothies.

Make up cool names for veggies

A 2009 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that kids are more likely to eat food with cool names. Introduce them to power peas, x-ray vision carrots, or dinosaur trees (broccoli).

Grow your food

Kids love playing in the dirt! Easy to grow veggies like beans and tomatoes will excite them! Tomatoes in particular grow well in containers too—no big yard needed!

Eat together

Research shows that families that eat dinner together typically have healthier diets that are higher in fruits, vegetables, and calcium and lower in saturated fat.

Try these ideas out with your kiddos! I find that it actually keeps me on top of my nutrition too!

 

 

Busting the myth that eating healthy is expensive

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A frequent concern that many of my clients express is the fear that eating healthy is expensive. In honor of National Nutrition Month, I am going to set the record straight and share with you five ways that you can cut your healthy eating budget down big-time!

  1. Plan what you are going to shop for. When you go out grocery shopping, how often do you impulse shop? You see something prepared and think, “Wow, this is an easy dinner option!” Let me tell you something, those prepared foods are often easy to make in less than 15 minutes and they tend to cost at least 50 percent more than the cost of the ingredients! This goes for prepared meals, as well as pre-chopped fruits and veggies.
  2. Double or triple portions so that you have leftovers for the next day! Often our food budget is crushed because we eat out when we have nothing on hand at home.
  3. Look at the unit price when purchasing food. Say you see a 16 oz. jar of salsa for $3.39 and a 12 oz. jar for $2.99, you might be apt to buy the $2.99 jar because it is cheaper. However, the unit price for the 16 oz. jar is about 21 cents per ounce, whereas the unit price for the 12 oz. jar is about 25 cents per jar so the larger jar is actually cheaper, especially if you tend to eat a lot of salsa.
  4. It’s totally okay to eat frozen fruit and veggies. Produce prices soar when the food is out of season, so choose frozen (which is just as nutritious and fresh) when your favorite fruit and veggies in the produce department are expensive.
  5. Experiment with recipes that call for low-cost foods. You can make the most of your food dollars by preparing recipes that call for the following low-cost healthy foods: eggs, lentils, beans, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, canned salmon, canned tuna, and brown rice.

See, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Feel free to comment below if you have additional tips for my readers!