Unscrambling the Parenting Static

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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JessBio200 Unscrambling the Parenting StaticJessica 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!

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13 thoughts on “Unscrambling the Parenting Static

  1. Opps, I put my comment on FB so am copying it here as well. Thanks for a great article.
    Jessica, I agree with you. Why hide the truth about good food? After all, we should not teach our children to coverup what they are really doing so we need to set a good example.

  2. Option two for me as well. When my kids were little, that’s all they knew about meals… we had meat, carbs and vegetables. There were no surprises since the beginning. In fact now when there is a lack in vegetables, they will help themselves with fruits in the afternoon.

    1. That’s great, Claudia! I love when my kids feel like they can help themselves to fruit, too, instead of picking something less healthy in the house. They actually ask for it all the time in the afternoons. I bet you are a proud mom when you see them continuing on with healthy choices!

  3. Well, as your Mom, I think you are doing a great job…and you were raised on number 2…pretty much. I think kids need to learn to appreciate foods in their natural state, but I do think you have to start this early, before they get hooked on sugars, etc. Great article!

  4. Penny says:

    Great article Jessica. I personally teach my kids about whats good for you and whats not. They are now aware of how they feel physically when they eat certain food. thank you for sharing!

    1. I agree, Penny! Mine have had certain foods that have made their tummies hurt. I use those times to learn myself about what they can and can’t have and teach them why it’s SO important for them to listen to their bodies themselves. Teaching your kids how they physically feel can be tremendously helpful for them later in life! Way to go!!

  5. I used to try both ways, but it wasn’t my kids that revolted – it was their dad! I finally backed down and just made the S.A.D. diet again, but it really did make me sad… Maybe if I had better recipes …. I’m loving yours, Jessica!

    1. Susan, I’m SO glad you are enjoying my recipes!! And so sorry you had resistance at home. I have hit resistance, as well. However, since I cook most meals, I have had the freedom to fix whatever I wait. I just don’t bring up the gallons of sweet tea :)

  6. I think I would do both Jessica. To be honest there are days that I get tired of choosing for the right food; those are the days that I just want to eat something that I just enjoy. Do you have those days? I am a T-Tapper and Theresa Tapp teaches us to eat 80% God-made food and 20% man-made food. So, there are days that we can cheat. Getting back to the children, I assume that they like to have few cheating days as well. But then again, I can see that for children with special needs this could be disastrous, so you need keep a tight food schedule for them. I think you are doing an amazing job Jessica!

    1. Exactly, Olga! In my house, I have to be extra careful about what goes in their little mouths. However, I’m able to make some delicious snacks and things that they have no idea are as healthy as they are and it feels like splurging to them :) Candy and junk isn’t the only option for “cheating”… thankfully! :) I do save some special treats for special days, but I’m glad to say they are fairly healthy still. And yes, I’m glad to hear that’s how Theresa Tapp teaches. I would take it one step further that if you can get to 80% RAW foods, you would be doing even better. If that’s not possible, 51% raw gives your body a HUGE boost in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and enzymes in your food rather than all the digestive enzymes having to be pulled from your body only!

  7. I like this Jessica. I’m with you, I wouldn’t want to hide the good stuff and “trick” my kids into eating it. I’m about to get back in the gym right now in fact, and I need to get my own diet back on track. For me, the challenge is always making it easy and tasty enough so I’d actually enjoy eating it. I struggle with variety too. When I am eating right it’s the same old Chicken breast and veggies all the time. I think if I can do a better job of just having variety and still making it easy for me as a single guy…and actually good enough so it doesn’t feel like punishment…then I’d have this diet roller coaster licked.

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