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6/18/09 12:48 P

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There are some great ways to trick a three year old into eating veggies. Does he like pasta? What I would suggest is steaming and then pureeing carrots. Mix the carrot puree into the red sauce and he won't be able to see it and it actually adds the the flavor.

Let's see...another trick is cauliflower, steamed, and then pureed. They look and taste very similar to mashed potatos, so they make a great substitute if he likes mashed potatos.

I've got a great recipe for a smoothie-type drink that uses cucumbers but is actually kind of sweet too, so it tastes more like a fruit smoothie. I'll see if I can't find it and post it somewhere, even if its just on my page. My son loves it when I make it.

I've got a few more tricks up my sleeve, so if you want any more suggestions, feel free to ask. emoticon

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6/17/09 11:11 A

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Sparks has some nice articles about this subject. I was surprised to learn that my kids are doing okay on the portions front. Kids have to eat a lot less than us mothers think. But most important I think is just to make sure there are healthy choices in the house and that they get a good spread over the course of a week.

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6/16/09 11:37 P

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I have been told that kids at this age never eat just because "it's there". There has to be a reason for them to want to eat.

As for my three-year-old, he would also live on carbs and sugar if I allowed it. As it is, I just make sure to give him a balanced (probably heavier on the protein) meal whenever he eats. He only gets one serving of juice per day and one sweet treat (excluding fruit). My only wish is that he would eat vegetables. At this point, I would pay money to anyone who could get him to eat a vegetable. Suggestions?

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6/16/09 7:56 P

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I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old. They are both as thin as they can be but I still worry about teaching good eating habits. We talk about what each food does for our bodies and what foods are "junk". Junk is fine once in a while but the nutritious foods are critical if they want to grow. We also talk about what exercise does for our bodies and how important that is.

I want to build life long healthy habits and not focus so much on the weight. I am careful to never say I am exercising to lose weight - I am exercising to be strong and be able to have energy to play with them.

To get them to eat a wider variety of healthy foods:
1.They go to the farmer's market with me and get to pick their own foods.
2.They help me cook the food.
3.I make sure they observe me eating healthy foods and will overexaggerate how much I'm enjoying something they did not want. (Apricots last night.)

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6/16/09 10:30 A

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I'm glad I found this discussion. My 3 year old refuses to eat anything good. His exception to the rule is chicken/turkey/fish NO BEEF (I don't know why even though I don't mind) spinach, bread and oatmeal. That;s it. So I'm going to see how I can incorporate some other stuff in there. The only fruits he eats are bananas and pineapples. Oh and he like PB and almonds well any nut will do for him. BUT if I allowed him to, he would snack all day.

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6/15/09 2:36 P

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hi, everyone! a wonderful monday to all!! Rachel, my 2 little ones--age 2 1/2 and nearly 4, eat all day when they are home! my oldest does not like meat-and the youngest is not too happy with veggies! i serve small, balanced meals 3 times a day, and usually 3 snacks--we have fruit, veggies, cheese--anything you can dip!!!! they love ranch dressing(lite) and yogurt to dip into---it even makes veggies good!!! good luck with your little one--ask mimi to help you keep her healthy!!!

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Thanks, ladies. It's not like I'd deny my daughter food if she's hungry, I'm just wondering if she's really eating because she's hungry or just because "it's there". I have been taking the kids out for a walk in the stroller in the evenings, but maybe I'll start letting her walk to work up an appetite and eat healthy food.

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6/15/09 12:41 P

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My 3 1/2 year old was a "bigger" kid too at 3 but in the last couple months he has really thinned out so I am wondering if she is just in a "baby fat" stage. My kiddo is a serious fruit lover and on occasion peanut butter sandwiches. BUT would live on junk food if I would let him. So...since summer has rolled around I let him snack throughout the day (within reason) and boost up his exercise..parks, hikes etc. It seems now he is making the effort to eat our healthy dinners because he is hungry from the days activities.

I agree to talk to Mimi, and bringing healthier snacks to munch on. Good Luck.

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6/15/09 10:48 A

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My 4 year-old son eats ALL DAY LONG! His staples are dry cereal (unfortunately, the only one he wants is Lucky Charms) and apples! You can always find him with food and he still eats his meals decently. I try to make sure he gets "cut off" as we get closer to meal time.

I can tell you that I do day care and I am in the state funded/operated food program and I am required to serve these kids food, basically, every 2-3 hours! They are required to have a snack between each meal and it must consist of two different food groups, whether that's milk and granola or apple slices and cheese cubes.

I would try to speak to Mimi about serving healthier foods (maybe you could even send it with her) and explain to her that you are trying to set a good example and encourage healthy eating. I wouldn't stress about it too much and, most likely, the doctor is going to tell you the same thing. That's what they told me about my son, who is 14 years-old and has obvious pudge around his middle!! I wasn't happy about them being so blase about it in front of him, but...

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My daughter will be 3 in two weeks. Lately I have been so afraid that she is heading down a path that will cause her to struggle with her weight, and I don't want her to be the "fat kid". Not because I would love her any less, but because I don't want her to deal with the hearatche and the teasing, etc. I am trying to be better at home about giving her healthy, unprocessed foods, but with a three year old it's hard. She can be picky (although she's getting better.) She refuses to drink water plain, so I give her the V8 Fusion Light and mix it with water, or I give her soy milk. However, my mom watches the kids, and when they are at "Mimi's" all bets are off. She gives my daughter Kid Cuisine for lunch, which is fine once in a while, but not all the time. She gives her easy mac and all that other stuff. Cookies, candy, ice cream, chips, etc.

My daughter has her three year well visit next week so I'm going to talk to the dr about my concerns. She's not overweight now, but she's definitely bigger/more solid than other kids her age. I'm just wondering, do you have structured meal and snack times for your little ones? What types of food do you feed them that are healthy that they like?

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