TOP TIPS FOR PICKY EATERS

Looking for some simple ways to get your kids on board the healthy eating train? Check out my top 10 tips how to get your kids in the kitchen and excited about eating more fruits and veggies.

1. Pack your meals with a nutritional punch.

Adding in shredded carrots, zucchini, chopped bell peppers or spinach bumps up the veggie goodness without having to chomp on salads all day long.

2. Get your kids involved!

Take your kids grocery shopping or even better to your local farmers market. Have them pick out one veggie and let them help prep it. Chop, saute, shred, depending on the age of your little one. Most kids love helping mom and dad and gets them interacting with the food. Really include her in the process and she’ll gain a respect for the food and learning how to cook – which to me, is one of the most important life skills you can teach your kiddo.

3. Don’t make separate meals.

Feel like a short order cook? Catering to picky eaters is not only inconvenient (for the cook!) but also sends children the wrong message – that everything should go their way if they don’t like something. Instead, try keeping mealtime a breeze for everyone and only make one meal that includes at least one nutritious thing he or she likes but that everyone else will enjoy as well.

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RECIPES YOUR KIDS WILL DIG

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPS

2 cups strawberries
2 lemons, juiced and zested
honey to sweeten

Blend everything on high until pureed. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze 3-4 hours or overnight.

HAM & EGG CUPS

4 eggs
4 slices ham
couple tablespoons shredded cheese
oil to grease muffin tin

Press a piece of ham inside greased muffin tin and crack an egg on top. Sprinkle with cheese and repeat with the remaining ham and eggs. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

ANTS ON A LOG

Celery
Any nut butter you like
Toppings - chocolate chips, chia seeds,
dried cranberries, dried coconut

Spread nut butter on the celery and top with your favorite fixin’s. Enjoy!

GREEN SMOOTHIE

1 cup spinach
1 1/2 cups mixed berries
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup grapes
1 to 2 cups water
1 tablespoon hemp hearts

Blend first 5 ingredients well. Top with hemp hearts. Enjoy!

DIY TACO BAR

Fill your kiddo's lunch with last night's leftovers.
Beans, ground meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives. Serve with a tortilla and have them make their own taco's at lunchtime.

How to get kids to LOVE veggies!

Most kids will look at a green drink and their first reaction is “Eww!” But once you get past the green color, and actually TASTE it, most kids (and adults) are hooked! And I promise, you can’t even taste the spinach. Here’s an easy green smoothie recipe — Blend 1 cup spinach, 1 small orange, 1 cup strawberries, and about 1 cup water with a small chunk of banana, a splash of vanilla and sprinkle of cinnamon. Pour into a glass with a fun straw. Enjoy!

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