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Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, March 12, 2012



I love to eat healthy so sometimes I forget that not everyone has my same zest for green vegetables. My kids being amongst that group.

A common comment I receive from people is, “your kids must be really healthy eaters”. I nod my head and chuckle to myself. Yeah right. My kids remind me on a daily basis that I am weird because I make them eat too many vegetables and “everyone” gets Doritos in their lunch at school. Someday I want to meet this very lucky “everyone”.

So I battle on with my kids about eating healthy (ketchup is not a vegetable serving in my book guys). I want them to understand why eating healthy is important. I teach them what a serving size is of fruit consists of and what a serving of chips looks like. I help make the connection between their mood, energy and diet. They know what they should be eating, but hey, they are kids, and given the choice between pizza and a turkey sandwich, well, its pizza hands down.

But I know what I am saying is sinking in. When given the choice of fast food they will choose Subway over a burger place a majority of the time. They are familiar with Kholrabi , jicama and chard. They may not like it but they can identify it. If I leave Cuties and pistachios on the counter they will munch on those without complaint. Yes, I feel pretty good about my efforts most days.

While it is important to educate and introduce healthy foods to kids, it is also important not to push too hard. I noticed the harder I push the more they push back so I occasionally resort to sneaky mom tactics to supplement my healthy eating efforts. Did you know:

  • Blueberries will mask the green color of spinach in a smoothie.

  • Cauliflower mixed in mac and cheese makes it creamier.

  • Applesauce in place of oil actually makes pancakes and waffles lighter and fluffier.

  • Any veggie is more appealing if you are willing to let the child pick the dip.

In this house, as long as they are putting the good stuff in their body on a regular basis then I try to be lenient on some of the goodies. A challenge for me but it is important for kids to have a balance.

Role model, and educate your kids so they can make healthy choices and take a deep breath and be okay every once and awhile when you find an old Snickers Bar wrapper tossed under the bed. Maybe someday it will be old broccoli crumbs. One can hope.


Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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