children

How to get your children to eat more greens

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by: Willow Tohi
Tags: greens, children, diet

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Babies are so sweet. What's difficult about an infant is not the same as what's difficult about having a toddler or preschooler. You've traded in sleepless nights for power struggles. Your child is a little person, with thoughts, ideas, and feelings of his own. And they don't always coincide with yours.

One thing kids are often opinionated about, right from the start, is food. Who wouldn't be? Most parents have pictures and fond memories of that time they fed their baby something that made him shiver and grimace. And we have to respect that, to a point. So what's a parent to do when he decides he's not having vegetables?

10 tips and tricks for improving your child's diet

Beating your head against a brick wall only makes for a headache, so try a new strategy. You're older and wiser - get clever and creative.

First, review. This includes your commitment to your child's diet, your attitude toward your own diet, and how you parent your way through the power struggles.

Next, plan your approach. What's your rule/rules going to be? Consequences, rewards? Consistency is important. Decide now not to get suckered into being a short order cook - what's for dinner is what's for dinner. Can you be okay with letting your kid be hungry if he chooses not to eat?

Make a menu. Try to put something new in front of your child a couple times a week. If he doesn't like boiled spinach, try giving it to him raw next time. You'll need to experiment some by trying different foods different ways on different days. Reward a good attitude and for trying new things.

Set up for success. To succeed, stock the veggies and model the behavior you want to see in your child. Make them easily accessible - kids eat a lot more fruits and veggies if its cut up and sitting in front of them. You can act when you need to. Don't like tomatoes, but junior does? "Oh, yes! That looks delicious! Good job!"

Keep communication open with your child. He tries at least one bite of what you offer, and if he doesn't like it, then you don't force him to eat it. Choose your words carefully at this juncture, being sure not to label or categorize the food. "We'll try it a different way next time, maybe with cinnamon" versus "oh, I guess you don't like sweet potatoes either."

Do some PR. Help your child make the connection between how certain foods make him feel. Explain why something is good for him or not. He ate sugar on an empty stomach and got a tummy ache. It's not good to eat sweets if you haven't had good food first. He had raspberries and whole grain toast for breakfast before he aced that test, because its brain food.

Make it fun. Chop up something green and add sprinkles to what your child eats. Finely chopped spinach or kale mixed into eggs makes green eggs. Peanut butter in celery sticks with raisins on top makes "ants on a log." Let them pretend to be dinosaurs eating trees when they eat broccoli.

Make it a treat. Smoothies are a great way to mix up some fun and mix in some nutrient dense foods. Some kids like dips and sauces. This is where gardening, cooking, and meal time can equal family time, which will help make it a favorite of your kids. They love to help, and then they are invested, and more likely to try it.

Slip it in. You can add veggies to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce or lasagna, and all kinds of dishes and they'll never know. There are some great cookbooks and recipes (check out Jessica Seinfeld's cookbooks) that show you how to use pureed veggies in place of other ingredients, such as sugar. This is a bonus for your side because it gets the veggies in while keeping extra sugar, oil, butter, etc., out.

Limit bad food. This is important for obvious reasons, but worth mentioning is that kids are designed to favor sweet foods, but the sweet foods nature intended was fruit, not sugar. The more sugar they consume, the further out of balance they get. Sugar is addictive, and makes them want nothing that isn't sweet. If fried and processed foods are bad for you, think how much worse they are for someone still growing, with a smaller body. Fruits have enzymes and fiber and other nutrients that juices and sweets don't, so stick with real food.

Every family is different so try some of these tips and see if they work for you. Vegetables are a requirement for a healthy life so don't give up. Good luck!

Sources for this article include:

http://crazysexylife.com/2011/get-more-greens-in-your-kids-5-s

http://www.superkidsnutrition.com

Gonzales, Dr. Carlos. My Child Won't Eat! How to Prevent & Solve the Problem, p.9, 69, 98.Madrid, Spain: La Leche League International, 2005

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Greens at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.