Healthy Eating for Kids

I mentioned in a previous post that my husband has finally jumped on the heath train. I am so excited because now I can focus on healthy meals for the whole family and get rid of the junk.

My kids have been doing great on their Eat More Fruits and Veggies Challenge. Almost everyone has been willing to try our new foods. We have had a few big losers, blueberries and nectarines, but everything else has been given a thumbs up or at least a thumbs sideways.

Since I have a Vita-Mix I have been experimenting over the past few days to see how much health I can get into their beloved smoothies. Today I created a spinach smoothie and it was a huge hit. They finished it and asked for seconds and thirds. The beet gives it this amazing red color. I will be making it tomorrow and trying to add in even more healthy goodness. The best thing was that they saw me throw all the food in the Vita-Mix and they still tried it. I have to admit, if I was 12 years old and saw my mom putting spinach in my smoothie, you couldn’t have paid me to drink it!

I have noticed a slight change in the kid’s behavior since we have started our healthy eating. I hope to see more positive results as we reduce our sugar and white flour and increase our fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Comments

  1. I love it! I too have noticed a big change in behavior since removing/reducing our diet of “simple sugars”! We do LOTS of raw (or slightly steamed) fruits and veggies! Since my boys have soy and oat allergies, it limits the cereals, processed foods, etc. that we can have! I do believe it’s cheaper to eat from the “edge of the grocery store” too…I rarely venture into the “middle/aisles” of the store. I’m glad to hear they love it! Now I need to get myself a VitaMix. I usually juice, turn it into ice cubes and then pop a few “veggie cubes” into their smoothies. The VitaMix would make things much faster!

  2. Thank you for sharing these. I hadn’t thought of putting healthy foods into shakes. Now you’ve given me some great ideas!! I’ll have to try them.

    Thanks again for sharing,
    Robyn

  3. Ohhh you guys are doing great ! I need to try do some soothies. But my problem is that one of my ds and I are allergic to several fruits. I need to try some out with what we can. But for whole grains. We have been doing that for years and found that less fills you up more with wholegrains and that means less from the pocket book !!! [0=

    Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
    In Him<
    -Mary

  4. We are big fans of smoothies here in our home, but I will admit some of the things you put in yours hadn’t occurred to me to try. Now I will! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and for inviting us over today! Have a great weekend!

    Blessings,
    ~Shani

  5. Those look really tasty. I am trying to sneak more fruits and veggies into my kids too.
    It’s great that your hubby has finally gotten on the health train!
    Pam

  6. This recipe sounds similar to something I made recently. I’ll have to give this one a try! I put my concoction in a taco shell and it was delish.

    And I WISH I had the Vitamix. Covet, covet, covet….

  7. Those both look great. My daughter loves beans so I am for sure going to try that. What is Vitamix? You know, I wish that healthy food was not so expensive!!

  8. yummy on both! Were your beets cooked, or raw when it went in the smoothie.

  9. That recipe sounds really good!

  10. Is the Cheap, Fast, Good Cookbook a book that you think every mom should have?

    I have several cookbooks, but if there is another one out there that is a must-have, I want to check into getting it. 🙂

  11. Elizabeth says:

    hi im curious your cartoon family display how dis you do that?

  12. I’m late to the comment train here – just stumbled onto your blog from OrgJunkie’s MPM, I have been struggling with a way to get my son to eat more fruits and veggies. He’s not very “texture tolerant”, but I think I might be able to get him to try some smoothies. Thanks so much for the great ideas (and pictures!!)

    Have a great day!

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