8 Tips for eating healthy with picky kids and husband.

My win over obesity wasn’t overnight.  My husband didn’t just “magically” give up his “lifestyle choices” because I wanted to be healthier and weigh less.  The quest to improve my health happened gradually and includes many of the “sneaky” ways I incorporate better health into my family’s diet.

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  1. If they don’t like it, shred it! (These veggies cook down to opaque or nearly invisible in red sauces)  I include these veggies in refried beans, chili, veggie chili, soups, spaghetti sauce, and many other dishes.
    1. Carrots
    2. Zucchini
    3. Summer Squash
  2. If they don’t like it, mince it! (When they can’t see it, many times they don’t even realize it is in there) I include these in Cream of Anything casseroles & soups, chilies, omelets, tacos, and others.
    1. Onions
    2. Mushrooms
    3. Spinach
    4. Peppers
  3. Smoothee’s in Opaque Glass with a Lid and Colored Straw. (I can feed many healthy things to my 7 year old, disguised as a smoothee) When you mix banana, oj, pineapple, strawberry, and other sweet fruits you can get away with a lot!
    1. Ground up supplements (b complex to help her focus in school, Nutriferon to help build her immune system, others as needed)
    2. Spinach – never even realizes its in there
    3. Protein powder – I don’t need to sneak this one, but it is an added bonus.
    4. Also, can freeze these into smoothee pops!
  4. Color is FUN! and healthy!   (even when the color is blended into other meals)
    1. Fruit salad with a touch of homemade whipped cream is a favorite of my daughter.  Lots of colors = lots of nutrition! (I’m not talking skittles or starburst here)
  5. Its your only option. (Many times, I simply tell my husband and daughter, its your only option, this is what I made for dinner.) IT works.  OR… I tell my daughter, you have to try it and eat ## bites before you can have something else.
  6. Frozen fruit pops/ smoothee pops/ organic freezer pops await when you finish your meal. (This doesn’t work so much with my hubby, but it does with my daughter.)
  7. Try new recipes: I LOVE Spinach chocolate treats (brownies) We call them by different names though, so we don’t get the answer, “this doesn’t taste like ####”
  8. Finally, Garbanzo beans are a GREAT meat substitute in chili – hubby didn’t realize there wasn’t any “beef” in the chili until he’s eaten it 6 times for 6 different meals and I TOLD him. LOL (Wondering where else I can sneak these in.)

In many other countries, there are no issues with your children not “wanting” what is fixed for dinner, they eat what everyone else is eating.

Warning: Graphic conversation I actually have with my 7 year old.

I still have issues with my 7 yr old, but we implement numbers 5-6 and we discuss A LOT how #4 is important for nutrition and health.  She is expected to take responsibility for her own health.  (ie: having trouble pooping?  How many fruits and veggies did you eat yesterday? How much water did you drink yesterday?)

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