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How Do You Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy?

Join the discussion with our Moms Council moms.

When you're juggling taking one kid to basketball practice and the other to ballet, with only 10 minutes to spare, eating healthy may seem like an impossible feat. But even when you do have time to cook a nice healthy meal, the veggies always seem to take a backseat when it comes to what your kids want to eat for dinner.

For this week's Moms Talk Q&A, we want to know what tactics you have used to get your kids to eat healthy.

Join the discussion by commenting below.

Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions. 

Here is a little bit about Kinnelon-Butler Patch's Moms Council moms:

Gina Harriz-Kinnelon mother of nine-year-old triplets finding the balance between family and a career.

Meg Gray-Bloomingdale mom of two elementary school-aged girls and former PTA president.

Theresa Merino-Bloomingdale mother of one and PTA treasurer.

Kristine Bogush-Bloomingdale mother of a six-and-a-half-year-old daughter and four-and-a-half-year-old son.

Lori Brancaccio-Bloomingdale mom.

Cara Mirabella-Bloomingdale mom.

Diane February 16, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Shouldn't this say Mom's Council?
Gina Harriz February 16, 2011 at 06:45 PM
We try to minimize having the non-nutritional stuff in the house. We still have stuff like cookies and chips but we establish when its appropriate to have it. We make nutritian discussions a part of making decisions about what to eat. Body craving something sweet? Nothing sweeter than some strawberries or an apple. We also started them very young ... they teethed on frozen string beans and lima beans. My kids are 9 and they still eat veggies frozen. My greatest challenge is role modeling ... our kids will learn eating habits from us ... if I eat sensibly, they will as well.
Meg Gray February 16, 2011 at 07:12 PM
I'm not a cook of any merit or creativity, so my method is to cut up fresh veggies, a few cubes of cheese and fruit for a platter before they get home from school or have playdates. This way it is always just a given, pre-emptive, no Mommy/Mrs. Gray, "I'm hungry can I have a tootsie roll?" Take what I have out, a reasonable variety of healthy choices, or you aren't that hungry. The platter is on the table until dinner time and then I know even before we sit down they've already had a serving or two fruit and veggies. Now that my 9 year old is getting older, I find her naturally gravitating towards healthier choices and even stopping half way thru her 1/2 cup of icecream and saying she's full. Don't ask me how that happened! The six year old is still a work in progress! They both also know they are allowed only one sweet treat of their choice per day, a piece of candy from the last holiday or party, or a scoop of icecream, after they've finished a reasonable portion of their dinner and that's it. Unfortunately, I have trouble with following my own rules...I try wait till they are sound asleep to house the bag of Doritos...but every now and then I get caught!! Called back in the room for an emergency night light situation and asked, "Hey Mom, how come you smell like chips?" But I do my best, LOL!
Gina Harriz February 16, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Oh I can totally relate ... sneaking stuff behind my kids backs is my issue. If only I practiced what I preached I wouldn't be in a constant battle to loose some weight!! Great idea Meg, on keeping the healthy stuff out all the time for them to nosh on. I don't do that enough ...
Meg Gray February 16, 2011 at 11:31 PM
It does work for us. And it takes all of 2 mins and no talent to wash a handful of grapes, peel and cut up a few carrots, slice a banana, a cuc, a pepper. Wish we were more adventuous & creative but I'm resigned to that just not being me. Funny related story I forgot about till just now...and a lesson on taking parenting advice from others and running with it...read in a parenting mag once to go to the supermarket with your kid, head to the produce section and pick something neither of you have ever tried. It was fun, but we came home with a kumquat (spelling?) Anyway they are AWFUL!! Apparently they are for cooking with not eating, kind of like the world's tartest lemon with a touch of soap! We got a good laugh out of it, washed our tongues, but we've never done that one again!

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