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I know my kids should eat better but I'm too tired to make good food

Does anyone have this problem? It's so much easier to make a grilled cheese and I know they'll eat it. Help. I don't feel like doing anything else.

Thu. Feb 3, 2:13pm

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If I buy junk food, and it is in the house, I will eat it! so I try not to buy junk food anymore.

Start slowly. Your kids will revolt if you try to do a 180 degree turn on them.

Place a bowl of fruit on the table. right now I have a bowl with 4 Apples, 5 oranges, a bunch of bananas, 4 pears, 3 plums, couple of mandarins. I usually replenish this fruit bowl about 2 to 3 times a week. When my 5 year old is hungry, and I'm lazy (shhh!) I tell her she can have a piece of fruit on the table or a yogurt (soy yogurt) in the fridge. She is really excited to serve herself. She also likes Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit. plain. She loves fruit. She won't touch anything green though... except for lettuce. She won't eat tomatoes either. (sighs)

I think if they see us eating well, day in day out, it sinks in. and also, if the only options they have are healthy ones, they will eat the healthy ones. honest!

ease into the healthy foods. if that is all you have in the house, that is all they can eat. it really is that simple.

unless they are teenagers, I suppose...

oh, and my 5 year old eats dinner with us. we do not make a special dinner for her... we may put aside some of the meal before we add curries, chilies and spices, but she pretty much eats the same as us. We pretty much eat the same thing... except for spinach smoothies, she has her smoothies without the spinach, so I make hers first, then I do mine in the blender after and add the greens.

I'd love to hear what other parents do...

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 2:25 PM

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I do the same - keep a fruit bowl on the counter and full all the time - with stuff that's in season. It makes for a simple snack or addition to any meal.

I keep the fridge stocked with prewashed greens - romaine and spinach - and make them small salads several times a week.

I've been making stuffed baked potatoes -filled with broccoli - those are so easy. Add a fruit or salad - an easy meal.

I buy frozen fruit and make fruit smoothies (with spinach added) which they love.

I do all these things and more AND I make them grilled cheese and mac and cheese too, just not for every meal! And it's always served with a fresh fruit or vegetable. Family time and balance - it works for us.

You could boil a pot of whole wheat pasta and have enough for a few meals , add some sauce, serve with a salad or fruit - you have a meal that requires very little effort.

Perhaps rethink 'meals.' It doesn't have to be this big entree with several, cooked sides. Just eating together at home with things that come from your kitchen is a great thing to do for your family - even if it's the occasional grilled cheese (which is fabulous paired with a good soup!) I found that by rethinking meals, we're eating better, we're eating less, and it's a lot easier!

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 3:00 PM

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I hear you!

I totally agree. I had one solution that worked for years for me and that was nachos. Not plain nachos, but supreme nachos. Get everything ready one day, be that onions, peppers, black olives, spinach, meat or similar, cheeses, tomatoes, or anything thing else, then the kids can make nachos on one plate. This way you meal can actually be organic, or natural, with no sink of pots. And tomorrow night too. The fruits and yogurts is perfect too. If you think about the actual and true nutritional info on anything you make compared to anything packaged or picked up, you'll see you are way ahead.


Thursday, February 03, 2011, 6:00 PM

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mmm...a nacho night! Love it! I may have to do that this weekend!

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 6:39 PM

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2:25 here

3:00 - Brilliant with the small salads! I can hide baby spinach leaves in the salad! and I forgot about broccoli! my 5 year old likes to eat "trees."

How did you get your kids to eat the green smoothies? My 5 year old is really turned off by the color. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 7:19 PM

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