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Win $100 telling me how you raise kids to eat right!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 05, 2013

kids nutrition habitsIf you’re a parent in the trenches, trying to influence your kids to learn and practice good nutrition habits, it’s not easy!

I need your ideas. I’ve written the first draft of my book How to Eat Right In the Real World. But I know you have ways you’ve influenced and taught your family to eat right. What works for you? I want to share my readers’ best ideas, just like I’m sharing the best of our “How to eat right on a budget” and “Where to get an awesome meal while traveling” contests.

ideasThree winners will get $100 in your choice of free GSG stuff, plus shipping’s on me. Send me a numbered list of your ideas! Quick and easy recipes, things you’ve taught that “stuck,” ways you’ve made nutrition interesting or fun, ways you’ve involved your children in the family’s health goals.

What do YOU know that will help other parents? If you’re not a parent but still have ideas, please do share!

Tell us your name and hometown. Any entry could be published in my book, so entering is giving me permission to share your thoughts. Winners will be those with the most thoughtful, useful, and original ideas. Send to support123@greensmoothiegirl.com. Thank you!


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5 thoughts on “Win $100 telling me how you raise kids to eat right!”

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  1. Debbra Kelson says:

    1. When my children were very young, I learned that whatever Mom had Must Be Good (chocolate, books, movies), so I would make myself healthy foods to snack on between meals. The kids would want them. Badly. I would let them have bites of my Good Stuff until, eventually, I was making it for meals. They felt very special to be able to share Mom’s Good Stuff. (I’ll never forget the day I brought home asparagus. My kids lined up behind me, as I steamed it, plates and forks in hand, waiting for their little bit. Because, of course, if Mom wanted it, it Must Be Good!)

    2. I cut veggies small for casseroles and soups so the veggie flavor was integrated into the dishes, instead of stand out on their own. Now, my kids love cooked veggies.

    3. The vegetable garden is never off-limits to the children. Pulling a carrot, rinsing it under the outside tap, and eating it with 3 feet of green still on it is a treat, a walk through an imaginary story, and a joke just waiting to happen.

    4. Healthy food choices have always been a part of family discussions, since my children were very young. We discuss people who make poor choices and those who make better choices, how those choices will affect their lives in the long run, how those affects will change the lives of their loved ones (ability to work a specific job, crankiness at home, length of life, ability to play with their children, etc.) Because it isn’t just in a classroom setting, my children don’t consider themselves preached at, and they don’t consider health something separate from the rest of their lives. “Wise” choices are something we choose (or don’t choose) many times every day.

  2. Emily Davidson says:

    With Halloween about a month away, I’m wondering what you typically do for the holidays (trick or treating, Christmas stockings, etc). I’d like my daughter to be able to enjoy the holiday, but not at the risk of totally gorging on refined sugars and processed junk. What do you do as an alternative? Thanks so much!

    1. Robyn says:

      Hi Emily, search on the site/blog, it takes just seconds and you’ll read my past posts on Halloween. 🙂

  3. jagruti watson says:

    We plant a vegetable garden together every spring. I let the kids kids pick out different varieties. They love seeing the plants grow and develop. Its very rewarding for them when they are finally able to pick and eat the veggies, because its something that they grew. We pick unusual varieties like watermelon radish (radishes that look like watermelons when sliced or purple beans and carrots!

  4. Cass says:

    I really wish Robyn’s Halloween plan worked for me but it hasn’t so far. However, I am making progress with my daughter. She gets lots of candy rewards at school (in 8th grade?!) and now she saves them up and turns them in to me. In return for every 8 or 10 pieces she gets an organic dark chocolate bar. I’m happy and she’s happy! Now she needs to sell her brothers on the plan!

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