We hear it all the time – conflicts in what’s healthy, what’s good for us… today… what’s bad, oh wait, no, now it’s good. You know what I’m talking about. “Sugar is bad.” No, now that we have chemical sweeteners, that white, sticky, bleached stuff from a plant isn’t looking so bad. “Butter’s bad for you.” “Butter IS ok.” “Well, but you might want to get rid of it in your diet it you want to eat healthier.”
There are constant things we are bombarded with in the media, trying to tell us what’s good or bad for us and our families. It is so much information that it practically fills our heads with static while menu planning, grocery list making, and shopping. Frankly, I wonder how much the media even really knows about the truth of our foods.
Rarely do you find people in the media doing much research on foods themselves. If they did, it would be apparent that they would be able to weed through the static to come up with the one obvious channel we are supposed to be tuning into – the best foods to eat are the ones God created on this planet for us and eating them in their most natural form is the best for our bodies.
So, what do you do as a parent wanting to feed these good, wholesome food to your kids? How do you get them to like it when all they are used to are chicken nuggets, french fries, and mac & cheese?
There are two schools of thought when it comes to getting fresh fruits and veggies into your kids:
1) Hide the good foods in the meals they are used to having
One way to do this would be to, for instance, cook and puree cauliflower and hide them in your kids’ mashed potatoes. The concept is basically all about pureeing foods and hiding them in similar texture items that wouldn’t make your child suspect there is anything “healthy” hiding in it.
2) Freely, openly offer your children healthy options
In this case, you would put fresh fruits an veggies as side items, or even the main course, on their plates, explain it’s good for them, and expect them to eat it.
Which one of these would you do in your family to get good foods in your kids?
Personally, in my family, I prefer number 2. And here’s why… I would rather my kids know which foods are good for them and be able to recognize them when out at the store. I want them to know why they are good and that there are yummy ways of cooking them so they are enjoyable. Broccoli certainly doesn’t taste like french fries, and it may be green, but that doesn’t mean it’s “bad.” Actually, it’s the opposite. And I want my kids to know that. I want them to be able to choose wisely as adults and know how to cook and eat squash, spinch, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, etc. I would feel like I were doing my kids a disservice if I hid their veggies all the time. But that’s me, personally.
How do you feel about it? Have you fought through the static to find a good, healthy eating plan for your family?
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!