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4 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

I’m not mom-of-the-year.

Today my kids ate pancakes for lunch.

That being said, I think we’re doing something right. Before we ate said pancakes I asked the kids, “what’s your favorite food?”

Miss Rae: ” Carrots” ( actually sounded more like “ca whats”, but you get the idea…)

J Man: “Red beans”, aka kidney beans.

Those answers totally make up for the “pancakes for lunch” times, right?

In an epidemic (yes, epidemic ) of childhood obesity, here are my top “mom tips for raising healthy kids.”

1. The snack plate. I tried this out at the beginning of my blogging days here, and we’ve been going strong ever since. The concept is simple. Before I make dinner, a plate of healthy snacks (carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, cucumber slices) is strategically placed. As the kids race by, they grab something. Usually the plate is empty before dinner is on the table.

a) no grumbly tummies while they wait for dinner
b) by dinner time, they’ve already had multiple servings of veg. If they go straight for the pasta on their plate, it’s ok with me.

2. Make fruit and veggie shopping fun.

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At the grocery store, they pick out the produce. At the farmer’s market we taste test everything offered (and occasionally things not offered…)

3. Make exercise fun and a part of normal life.

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This is J Man at his first “fun run”. He did 1/2 a mile and was smiling the whole time. He was so proud of himself!

We tell the kids, “Mommy’s going for a jog,” or “Daddy’s exercising.” They know it’s a way of life.

4. Brainwash them:) I was complaining the other day about a children’s book that villainized Brussels sprouts. We try to buy books, CD’s, etc that promote healthy living.

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This is the latest favorite. It’s a CD about healthy food. They request the Snack Attack Boogie (I think it’s because they like saying “boogie”), but my favorite is The Salad Song:)

I’m not mom-of-the-year.

But as long as I’m putting flax seed in my pancakes, we’ll keep eating them for lunch…

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5 responses »

  1. Love it! Those are great tips! 🙂

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  2. That’s a great idea about putting raw, fresh vegetables out to snack on while dinner is cooking. That’s a good idea for adults too. Even if you fill up a little, who can complain about getting more raw vegetables into one’s diet?

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  3. This is awesome! I will absolutely do these things when I become a mom 🙂

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  4. Love the veggie tray tip. My 16 month old has a hard time chomping on raw veggies, but those molars are making their way in! We’ll start trying this.

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