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nutrition tips for kids

I wanted to pass along great ideas from two GreenSmoothieGirl.com readers who wrote me, on how they’ve been successful at getting their kids to eat raw vegetables and fruits: Use a muffin/cupcake pan and put raw almond butter in one hole, raw hummus in one hole, and fresh guacamole in one hole.   Put cut-up […]

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a day in the life . . .

Q:   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I’m trying to figure out what to feed my family, now that we’re committed to eating right, so I’m wondering what your family eats every day.   Could you just give me like  a “day in the life . . .”? A: Sure.   It’s not that this is the ultimate […]

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School lunch nutrition

Today was Go to Junior High With Your Child day.   It’s hard to describe the level of enthusiasm Kincade expressed when I told him I was going to spend my birthday with him at his school, but I’ll try: eyes rolling, mouth hanging open, slumping.   “No! Seriously? Mom! You wouldn’t!” I have developed […]

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In Defense of Food

Journalist Michael Pollan researched nutrition for two years to write his new book, In Defense of Food. If you don’t have time to read it, he sums it all up in seven words (I *love* this): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He suggests you shop the periphery of grocery stores (fruits, vegetables, and […]

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Eliminate junk food

On this next suggestion for helping kids to eat right, I’m going to mince no words: eliminate junk food. Get rid of the worst choices from your fridge and pantry. Just quit buying them, cold turkey. Especially soft drinks, processed meat (like hot dogs, bacon, and sausage), potato chips, and sugar. Life isn’t over or […]

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Teaching child manners

When you’re making a meal, everyone in the family eating that meal is both a worldwide tradition and an opportunity to learn many good things, open mindedness being just one of them. Engage in teaching child manners as you emphasize good nutrition. In my family, growing up, we weren’t allowed to say that we “hate” […]

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Childhood health care advice

Some say, “Well, you must just not have picky kids like I do.” In fact, three of my four kids tried out “picky,” and the youngest two would be insufferably “picky” if I allowed it. Only one of my children has happily slurped up vegetables since infancy. But they are, at this point, all very […]

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Teach Children About Healthy

Nutrition is no different than any other topic, and we have to teach children about healthy.   Would you allow your 9-year old to opt out of her least favorite subjects in school—say, math and science?   Just quit, not participate at all from kindergarten to high school graduation?   Why would we knowingly allow […]

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