Thursday, April 4, 2013

#MOMMYMIDDAY - I TRICK MY KIDS INTO EATING HEALTHY ...SOMETIMES

Whatever works! As a Mommy, getting my kids to eat healthy can be challenging at times. Eating good is hard. I'd love to be able to eat whatever I want whenever I want but alas, my "bawdy" ain't going for it and doing so will yield unwanted results. Children are much the same. Growing up, there wasn't much emphasis on healthy eating. My brothers and I pretty much snacked as much as we wanted and ate what we wanted. I can't even fathom the ounces of kool-aid I've consumed in my lifetime. A huge pitcher was ever present in the fridge and the more sugar the better. 
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Times have changed and kids health and nutrition are a priority. As a Mommy there are times when it's easy to reach for the least healthy snack. While I totally believe in allowing a kid to be a kid and allowing my own to indulge sometimes, I do try to balance their diet with healthy options. I've long since learned that it's all in the presentation! As much as I love visual appeal and love to get deliveries of items purchased in pretty packaging, my kids do also. These snack-size plastic bags purchased in-store at Target, are perfect! That infamous one dollar aisle that greets me upon entering Target always stops me dead in my tracks. It's like a literal "grab-and-go." The hot pink owl on the bag immediately stood out and thus I chucked one pack into my cart. Although I intended to use for Easter treats, I didn't and after putting my kids to bed last nite and cleaning up the kitchen, I had a thought to pre-prepare some snacks. I realized I still had these cute little bags. Earlier in the day, I grabbed a ton of fruit ...Strawberries, oranges, grapes, bananas. So I washed and divided the fruit into individual bags and placed them in the fridge on a shelf within reach. The other bonus is that when the kids ask me for a snack, allowing them to go directly to the fridge and grab what they want, establishes independence and my kids love that. They are at that age (7 and 8), where they don't want me to do everything anymore. They think they are "grown." Uh huh ...But little do they know, it works for me also because I don't have to stop what I'm doing whenever they come a-calling.

My kids are on spring break this week so however I can lessen the Mommy can you? Mommy will you? Mommy can I? Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!, I will do. I wish I'd grabbed a few more packs. I will now be on the lookout for like options. Do you know of any?

How do you trick your kids into eating healthy? How do you incorporate nutrition into your child's diet? Do you have any faves?
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On a side note, this post is a total testament to my consistent habit of going into Target with the intention of grabbing one thing yet coming out with ten thangs!  


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