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Nutrition, Food Revolution and Your Child

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Perhaps you have seen the trailer for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution showing how he is trying to transform the way America’s children eat. In the trailer we see kids unable to identify a tomato, potato and other various fruit and vegetables. It is sad to watch, but the story doesn’t end there. Jamie is challenging all of us as individuals and as a family to live healthier lives. It’s not always easy to get children to eat their fruit and veggies when they would rather have cookies or chips. A few things can help make nutritious food more palatable for our kids and even ourselves!

• Let your children be part of the fruit & vegetable “decision making.” Let them pick out the fruit and vegetables when shopping.
• Assign different nights where your child can pick which vegetable will be served with dinner. This sort of “ownership” can help them feel more in “control” of their meal.
• Serve fruit with a non-fat or sugar-free yogurt as a dip.
• Make a healthy trail mix with raisins, cereal and nuts.
• Put chopped fruit into jello.
• Make fun shapes out of fruit and vegetables so your children will look forward to eating it.
• Give healthy “sweet” alternatives to candy and ice-cream. We liked this easy and healthy smoothie recipe as
• Give healthy “sweet” alternatives to candy and ice-cream. We liked this easy and healthy smoothie recipe as an alternative to ice-cream for kids & adults

Banana Smoothie
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
• 1 small banana
• 1/4 teaspoon honey (optional)
Place all the ingredients in a blender . Blend on high speed until smooth.

Will you be joining the Food Revolution? How do you get your children to eat their fruit and vegetables? Share your tips with us!

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15 Responses to “Nutrition, Food Revolution and Your Child”

  1. Lawerence Massoud March 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    This post is beyond awesome. I am always wondering what to do and what not to do so I will follow some of these tips.

  2. Michelle March 11, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Hey Lawerence!
    Thanks so much. We are happy you liked the post. Great to have you here as part of our Kolcraft family.
    Michelle

  3. skin health March 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

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  4. Michelle March 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks so much. We are so glad you are here & are always open to suggestions of topics you want to hear about. :)
    Michelle

  5. Megan March 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I am entering the stoller giveaway from Life Happens During Naptime. I like the Contours Options 3 Wheeler Stroller. I wanted to comment on the subject of nutrition as well. This is a great post and children’s nutrition is something I am very passionate about. That banana smoothie recipe sounds delicious, I will have to give it a try!

  6. saskia Stallings March 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    I am so blessed to have children that love vegetables. My 3 year old steals my salads and green smoothies. I have 6 children, and they all love to eat healthy.

  7. Michelle March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Saskia,
    Sounds like your kids are off to a good start! Feel free to let us know your healthy tips. We love to hear from moms who have great recipes for kids!
    Michelle

  8. Michelle March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Megan,
    Great to have you here. Let us know if you like the smoothie recipe. :)
    Michelle

  9. Sinead March 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I’m a huge Jamie Oliver fan and cannot wait to see this series -the trailers are a little shocking. I made my kids, hubster and myself a smoothie today! We always freeze our banana’s when they start to brown, so we had banana’s, frz strawberries, OJ and greek yogurt, yummy! I would have added honey but we were out, funnily enought it was my husband who commented on the tartness (without the honey) and not the kids.

  10. Michelle March 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Sinead,
    We were all pretty shocked when we saw the trailers. Thankfully he is trying to make a difference. The smoothie you made sounds yummy. I’ll have to give it a try (I freeze our bananas too :) )
    Thanks!
    Michelle

  11. Jill March 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    I just watched this new show last night and even though we all know a lot of the food we serve our children is not the healthiest….this was a major reality check! Luckily I have a 6-year-old son that loves salad and a 4-year-old girl that loves smoothies!!!!

    • admin March 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

      Jill,
      Good for you for fostering healthy eating habits in your children. Feel free to share healthy recipes that you like with us!
      Michelle

  12. Heidi S March 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Gonna try the smoothie recipe, thanks!
    Heidi S
    http://www.postyourgiveaway.com

    • admin March 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks Heidi! Let us know what you think. :)
      Michelle

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