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Healthy Eating

(From the Chris Prickett In&Out article archives)

I’ve spent much of the last 16 years trying to get my kids (and myself for that matter) to eat a little bit healthier. The conventional tricks found on well-meaning blogs and parenting sites are, frankly, useless when it comes to my kids. Maybe they’re too dumb or too smart but even if a brussel sprout is dressed up like Cookie Puss or Fudgy the Whale, it still tastes like a brussel sprout and my kid will spit it across the room faster than you can say “blecch”!

Here’s what’s worked for me:

Completely remove all junk from the house. If they are hungry enough, they will eventually eat something that’s good for them. Kale and lentils sounds pretty good when the only thing else in the cupboard is floor polish and wax paper.

  1. Write“do not touch”on the food you want them to eat. This works amazingly well at my house. A great variation of this is to write the name of one child on the food container. The other children will scarf it down in no time.
  2. “Hide”healthy food in a treat. This technique is similar to getting a dog to take a pill. Make a fruit smoothie and throw a carrot in when they aren’t looking. Use this technique in moderation, though. Ranch dressing soup, with a couple greenies tossed in, kind of defeats the purpose.
  3. Bribery-This works amazingly well with my brood. Prepare a healthy meal and promise a trip out for ice cream to members of the “clean plate club”. If their young enough, you can just drive around until they fall asleep, smear a little chocolate sauce on their clothing, and tell them they just forgot. If they still fall for this after the age of seven or so, you might want to consider putting money away for tutoring.
 
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