(I know it looks like they’re holding apples in the intro picture…those are actually bunches of spinach in disguise….. (((((*___*)))))
Anyhoo….I have like a million and one posts that I want to write for you guys; tips and tricks that I’ve learned about parenting and just life in general.
And this one…well, it’s pretty important.
Husband: “Let’s get them in their pajamas I think; it’s pajama time”
Story of my life: I’m about to impart the key to all you’ve ever wanted to know in life and…”it’s pajama time” (brb)
As I was saying (totally didn’t move from the spot, just employed one of my built-in, yet seldom used cloaking devices…
Now, as I was saying: if your kids are anything like mine, it can be challenging to get them to eat their vegetables.
Me: “Do you want a carrot?”
Child: “No please, never, uh uh, don’t ask ever again”
Me: “How about we take a bite?”
Child: “Get thee behind me Satan!”
And it’s not even like they were on a steady diet of cookies or cakes prior to this…heck, my eldest baby had her first taste of brownie at 4 years old and neither of them has ever even HAD candy!
(Well…last year they did have some Easter chocolate…)
But you get what I’m saying; I’m not raising my kids to be addicted to sugar.
But while my kids weren’t addicted to added sugar…they were addicted to GRAINS.
There were lots of reasons why my kids were being unintentionally raised on a grain-based diet….with the biggest reasons being:
I didn’t know any better and they had hella-alot of allergies (no dairy, no soy, no eggs, no nuts and more), so I felt I “have to feed them something…anything!” So they got a lot of pastas, “healthy” crackers, oatmeal, and all the rest).
Yep…I got my babies hooked on grains, instead of veggies.
My bad, babies.
But I will right this wrong, I won’t let you go into adulthood addicted to carby grains.
Especially since it causes (in my kids at least) constipation and dehydration…and now I’ve even come across research shows that having a grain based diet…isn’t ideal.
Click below to read more about what these doctors say.
But switching from a grain based diet, to a vegetable based diet…was difficult, to say the least.
But as I learned later, that it is SO IMPORTANT to make sure that your kids are eating vegetables and taking vitamins and supplements (under your healthcare practitioner’s guidance) to make sure your kids are getting at least the recommended about of essential vitamins and nutrients per day so they can grow healthy and strong.
You know, kids NEED to eat kale, broccoli, carrots, etc to make sure they get things like iron, vitamins D2 and K3, beta carotene, etc. Not the “should” eat it if they want to be a superhuman…they NEED it just to function.
If kids are mainly eating fast food, or prepackaged convenience meals…it can be really hard for them to function, grow, do well in school, etc.
And I personally started to suffer from this in my own healthy, because I did not know how to cook or crave nutritious meals. I was missing essential nutrients and my body just…started to shut down (I’m remedying my ways but the road is hard young Padawan, that’s why I’m fighting even harder for my girls to eat healthily).
But now, after a long hard road filled with carb-withdrawal tantrums… my kids happily munch on raw carrots, grapes, and steamed broccoli.
But GIRL…it’s been a journey. And some days they regress and only want crackers. But they know that doesn’t fly in our home and I have various methods that I employ to steer them away from crackers. (#1 we don’t have them in the house 😉
But one of the main things that’s really helped me get them to eat their kale, spinach, and carrots is this:
The amazing Nutribullet!!!! Has totally been a godsend.
When my youngest daughter was around 13 months old, we went out and bought this thing and it basically makes smoothies. It’s better than juicing I think because you get to keep and eat all the nutritious pulps and such, instead of throwing those out.
But basically you wash and chop fruits and veggies, throw them in, and BAM! You’ve got a smoothie.
Right now my favorite combination for our family is 2 cups of kale, a bit of lemon juice, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup spinach, and a tiny bit of honey and my kids are like….
Kids: “Ohh Mommy! Is that ice cream?”
Me: “Why… why yes it IS ice cream.”
(conspiratorial look shared with husband)
And they get this at least 3 times a week, but I want to power-up to them having it 1x per day.
If your kids are high on the sugar and not big on the healthy, give the first smoothie a generous scoop of all natural sorbet and then decrease the amount by a teaspoon each time until you don’t need that extra kick. But maybe try without first, with all the fruit it may be sweet enough. If it’s not just say “Oh! I forgot the last ingredient! Let me fit it right up!” Don’t let them see you put in sorbet, or they’ll expect it all the time.
This is the blender we use and it’s awesome, click below!
In order to get the best deal, just wait until there is a sale at your local JCPennys, Target, Kmart, etc and try to find a coupon! We recently bought a second nutribullet (long story) for $69!
Let me know if this works for you and if you’ve got any tips and tricks for downing veggies! I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeves so stay tuned!!!
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