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Getting your kids to eat healthy!

From: Susan M.
Sent on: Friday, August 15, 2008 12:18 PM
I can not stress enough, how kids follow our examples as parents. If you want your kids to eat healthy, you have to provide them with those options CONSISTENTLY. Your kids will be more receptive to these options if they are not given the option to choose from less healthy snacks. My kids and I spend time exploring healthy foods together, and creating fun preparations that fancy out tastes.

I am proud to say that my kids regularly eat whole foods, veggies, and fruits. They even make their own choices to choice these items. Because this healthy habit is an everyday habit for us, it not so much of a choice for them anymore. It was a weaning process, which meant reducing the option of unhealthy snacks.
This was made possible after we, as parents, changed our habits.

Here is an article that I came across, that I think will help those trying to get their kids to eat healthier. It is good to make this attempt, because it will reinforce your efforts at home. My kid's school lunch was always my biggest challenge!

Have a day filled with making healthy choices!

Susan Miller

Back To School

Here are four easy rules for ensuring healthy eating habits during the back-to-school
Rule #1 
It���s a fact that kids learn better wh en they start the day with food. So stock quick
breakfast ideas like yogurt and granola for a parfait, ready to eat hard-cooked eggs, milk
and a cereal with some whole grain. Of course, bananas and other fruit and grab-and-gos
(like cereal bars with fiber and protein), cheese sticks and peanut butter crackers double
for an after school snack. And don���t forget smoothies.
Rule #2
Lunch anyone? Start with the right equipment ��� something to transport food to school
and hold it safely until lunchtime. Include your child in this step since the ���cool factor��� is
a must. Adults are concerned about the food safety kind of cool; for kids, being cool is an
important matter of socialization and status. 
Look for upscale lunch requests, too. Although the tuna salad or peanut butter and jelly
crowd exists, items like hummus and raw veggies, yogurt and fruit (try mango or papaya
strips), wraps, or salads have gained popularity, and multicultural foods have widened
their choices and preferences. In case you are thinking ���not my kid,��� it may be a good
time to ask them!  Trading and trashing is a routine happening in school lunchrooms.
Rule #3 
Involve children in meal planning, shopping and preparation. The adult���s role is setting
guidelines, organizing a lunch-packing center, and stocking hea lthy ingredients. Some
preparation can be done the night before so that the morning drill goes smoothly.
Rule #4
Plan ahead for dinner on busy work and school nights. The crockpot and the grill come to
mind for families under a time crunch. Chili, or other crockpot favorites can feed the family for more than one meal. A freezer stocked with grill-
friendly foods  is dinner insurance. Part of the morning routine should be transferring frozen items from the
freezer to the refrigerator to thaw. Just add a salad and veggie and you have a meal.

Judy Dodd, MS, RD, LDN
Giant Eagle Corporate Nutritionist

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