Monday, April 11, 2011

Slow and steady wins the race

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"What are some of the simple things you do to keep your family healthy?"

I know that many times I am trying to think of something "big" and "grand" that will change the way we eat.... most times I don't come up with any viable solutions.... I think too BIG, which makes the idea not really practical for the way my family works.

What I've discovered lately is that it's much easier to find small things I can do on a daily basis to improve my family's health... You know, stick with the "slow and steady wins the race" mentality.

Now I will tell you I am no expert when it comes to healthy families. We have candy in our house, my kids ate take out pizza for dinner last night, and I will admit to a personal love of macaroni and cheese (especially the home made kind).  However I can tell you some of the things that we do that work for us. Maybe they will work for you too? Maybe not... but here are some.

-We try to lead by example. My husband and I exercise on a regular basis. Now neither of us is "super fit " but we do try to show a consistent effort to stay active.

-We also try to keep our kids involved in some type of extracurricular activity, my oldest daughter plays for her High Schools Field Hockey team and the little kids are always trying out new things.  We have yet to find something that will "stick" for my son, but we keep trying, and more importantly keep him active.

-We keep fresh food in the house.  I'll admit it's been hard this winter to keep fresh fruits and veggies around, but I'm buying what looks good at the supermarket. I always try to keep a basket of apples on the kitchen counter, and some baby carrots in the fridge.

-Kids will eat most anything if they can dip it! I found that a little bit of ranch dressing goes a long way towards getting a kid to eat some broccoli, carrots or celery!

-We try to use the rule of moderation.  I've never been a big believer of depriving yourself entirely of one type of food.  A few years ago we started "Sundaes on Sunday." Aptly named by my son, because he thought ANY dessert you have on Sunday is called a Sundae! The name stuck and it's become a fun tradition. We always try to have dessert on Sunday, then not so much the rest of the week. The kids (and me) look forward to our Sunday desserts and no one feels deprived.

I mentioned earlier on this blog that for the new year I was trying to eat protein at breakfast.  One of the ways that I've found to get protein in the morning is to make smoothies!  I especially like to do this for my teenage daughter since she is ALWAYS late in the morning, and she can drink it on her way to school.

Here's a recipe for one of favorites. It's a take off of the famous orange ones at the mall... (you know what I'm talking about)... but a healthier version. It also makes a great after school snack!

Ingredients

2 C. Tropicana Orange Juice
1 scoop vanilla  protein powder
dash of vanilla
2 scoops plain yogurt (get organic or something unsweetened if you can, yogurt sometimes has a lot of added sugar- you could also use vanilla yogurt, just eliminate the extra vanilla)
2 cups ice (fill up the blender with it)
If your kids are super picky and want something sweet, you can add in 1 T powdered sugar... it's up to you and how much you are watching your sugar intake.

Dump all the ingredients in a blender and mix well.

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175 comments:

Nicole said...

We walk to school. every day...
Replace white flour with whole wheat pastry flour, white pasta with whole wheat and serve two veggies for dinner...

Mariliz said...

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Anonymous said...

We try to lead by example too, and exercise on a regular basis. Oh, and my kids are addicted to gummy vitamins. ;)

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Joella said...

We try to be healthy by drinking water and juices instead of flavored drinks and pop!

Kathy said...

We have been eating more veggies and I got my girl's involved in gymnastics. I am trying to prepare to run a 5K in May.

bcrandall said...

We are trying to eat more vegetables and be more active. Hopefully it will warm up so we can go outside.

Casey said...

My husband and I are in our 3rd week of training for a half marathon!

A.J. Dub. said...

We just got everyone a bike (or bike trailer) and we are starting to ride a 2 mile trail as a family at least once a week.

Cris, Callie, and Cayten said...

My husband started prepping for a 5k (he sucks, hasn't ran for 7+ years and went and ran a mile in 7 min). I am 9 months preggo and wanted to do something so while he is running, my kids and I walk and ride bikes. The kids try and keep up with him and I just lag behind. . .

Marie said...

We started walking at least once or twice a day (1/2 mile each time); we are off white flour and use wheat flour whenever possible; and we are watching the amount of time we sleep (I could sleep around the clock which is not good for me).

Tiff Hunt said...

My husband and I are HUGE on always having some sort of veggie with lunch and dinner. Sometimes I incorporate a veggie in our desserts. I have a wonderful brownie recipe that has zucchini in it. We also use whole wheat pasta and bread. We walk every chance we get (especially when the weather is nice).

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incahgneetoh@yahoo.com said...

No more car rides: Walk back and forth to school

June said...

We joined a CSA and it has motivated us to include veggies in most meals.

karenfae said...

We both try to exercise at least 3 times a week if not 4 times and when I cook from scratch I always cut the salt called for in a recipe in half so that our sodium intake is less (also we use our salt shaker very little). It is just the two of us so it is easy to keep the junk food at a minimum.
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IndiANNa said...

On weekends, we park the car and ride our bikes everywhere.

jane said...

We've switched to whole grain breads and pasta. It's probably one of the easiest changes to make.

Southerner said...

I found out I am allergic to gluten so that was a big push to really watch what is in our food. I can't have any prepackaged stuff so am using a lot more basic meat and veggie dishes.We joined the Y but so far sad to say we just pay for it instead of use it.

Meghan said...

We drink tons and tons of water. At dinner I try to serve a fresh veggie (usually salad) and a cooked veggie. The kids get so excited when they hear they are eating healthy foods.

Mami2jcn said...

The kids have been having an earlier bed time and I think that's something simple that helps keep them healthy.

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KatieQ said...

We try to eat high fiber and whole grains as much as we can along with lots of fruits and vegetables.

Jennifer said...

my boyfriend and i are logging how much we walk/run each week, we have a goal to keep and if we dont reach it, it carries over to the next week, holding us accountable - the goal is in no way unattainable, just more than we'd normally do!

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n8'swife said...

Now that Spring is here, taking evening walks with our kids!

Kristen said...

We just planted our vegetable garden to produce yummy food for her to pick and eat everyday!

shelly said...

I try to keep [mostly] healthy food in the house, so that we're not tempted to snack on junk. By having fresh fruit, whole grain bread, cheese, and natural nut butters on-hand, we can all snack on healthy and TASTY food whenever we get the urge.

Linda said...

My girls are grown now and it is just me at the house, but 2011 has been my year to really try to get more healthy. I am trying to exercise 3x/week and eat MUCH more healthy---less fast food, more fruit, etc. I LOVE Tropicana 50 orange juice (half the calories and a lighter flavor which I love!!).

Caroline said...

These are some of the things we've done: vitamins for everyone every morning; NO boxed cereal for breakfast (we've not had boxed cereal 8 months); I look at every label and if sugar in any of its random forms shows up as one of the first three ingredients I won't buy it. That's kept us pretty healthy! We have one night a week where I'll do a treat of some sort. :)

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

My husband and I try to drink a lot of good filtered water throughout the day. I believe to flush and keep the body hydrated is most crucial and of course it is free (unless you get an expensive filter). I also try to make things from scratch, even if it is pizza or cookies or other desserts. I feel even if we have to eat somewhat unhealthy, I might as well make it myself and in that way I'm more in control of what's in my food.

Kate said...

We eat breakfast together every day. My husband works nights, so we only get the mornings together - a healthy breakfast is the perfect way to start our days. :)

Clover said...

no exceptions there is always a veggie with dinner!

Cecilia said...

When the children were younger we would eat dinner together every night and I would bake or grill our meat. We also use Skim milk and try to eat fresh fruit.

Jill said...

We spend more time outside than inside, weather permitting. Lots of sports and games together. We have started making lots of smoothies! I let the kids pick the fruits and we try out new combos all the time.

Crafty Mama said...

We try to eat lots of fruits and veggies. And, we're planning a vegetable garden for this summer. Fresh veggies, here we come!

Monica said...

Keep veggies and fruit clean and chopped in the fridge. It makes them as easy to grab as a cookie!

manybooks said...

Always 2 or 3 kinds of fresh fruit on hand, and I eat it as a snack - a great example for others to eat it as a snack.

Mama Lusco said...

We cut out desserts and exercise together! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

Rachel said...

I like to stock up on the healthy foods as well as choose meals that are relatively easy to make. It seems like we cut corners and eat the unhealthy food when we don't want to cook - if we choose healthy meals that are easy its a win win!

Jami said...

We stopped buying snack foods and only snack on fruits and veggies.

Debra said...

We have Grilling Sunday. I marinate chicken breast in a few different ones and it is available for meals throughout the week.

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Tabathia said...

I bake more often and reduced the amount of pork we eat
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Celeste Louise said...

We make lots of smoothies made with fruit and yogurt instead of sugar. Thanks for the chance!

Chris said...

We limit desserts to just Sunday. Here's hoping we keep to it!

kristinorth said...

We try to keep fresh veggies cut and ready to munch in the fridge! Thanks for a chance to win!

Nik Anderson said...

Our most basic way to stay healthy is we wash our hands before eating anything. Even when out at a restaurant, we make sure everyone takes turns washing their hands before the food comes to the table.

marisa said...

Snacks are now fruit, frozen yogurt or veggies and low fat dip.

lacey said...

Couple things I started this year-
I carry my camelback with ice water around everywhere (water tastes better from a camelback to me- it's so odd!) My kids always sipped off mine and so they each were gifted one. They drink water more often now and not nearly as much juice.
Also, I keep a bag of the pre-sliced apples in the fridge (winco has the best price!) and they grab and snack easily.

cmjhawaii said...

I try to put at least one serving of fruit in my children's lunches. We also stopped buying soda to drink at home.

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Natalie said...

My son loves orange juice, but won't drink any but Tropicana lol! What a great giveaway! We avoid high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and try to only use palm sugar and honey. Plus, we are trying to add lots of salads in!

Carmen said...

Healthy should be about having fun! We keep it simple in this house, we enjoy loads of fresh fruits and vegies, drink plenty of water and milk. Simple fun snacks, like apples and a dash of peanut butter for energy! spend time outdoors in the sun! and are grateful to be blessed with good health :-)

Dogwood Creations said...

I only buy whole wheat bread and pasta. We also drink a lot of water during the day.

Dorian said...

I love to bake, and cook...my family loves 'goodies'. So I make my goodies healthier by using whole wheat flour and honey.

Treasuresofjoy said...

Seriously we try to eat at home as much as possible. Eating out is high is sodium, cholesterol, and...eww did they was their hands before handling my food?

Diana said...

Always having fruits and veggies available and ready to eat, startng dinner with a salad.

Darcy said...

We take vitamins every morning...and we try to go on a bike ride/walk every night instead of watching tv. I have three kids ages 6, 5, and 3 and they don't even realize that they are exercising, it is just fun for them!

Angela said...

We have been eating more whole grains. I always try to keep healthy snacks in the fridge ready to eat. I find if I put out a healthy snack when kids come home from school it usually disappears first.

Jessica K. said...

We have stopped drinking pop and stick to water, milk, and juice.

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Wonder Woman said...

We eat dinner every night together as a family and there are always fruits and vegis for everyone to choose from. This not only makes our bodies healthier, but it has made our family stronger!

Sheila said...

I require a fruit or vegetable any time they get the own lunch (and occasionally dinner). My kids are 14 and almost 11, so I don't normally fix their lunches for them at home (although I fix the lunches for school), and they will skip the fruit/veggie unless they are reminded.

Mariam said...

We rarely eat fast food, maybe once a month and while we travel. I don't buy soda, or frozen meals. I make almost everything from scratch.

~Heather said...

Cooking up chard and kale in soups, as chips, as sides to eat more of the good stuff!

Shelly said...

I have stopped buying soda for home and replaced it with water bottles in the fridge. Kids just grab what is available so making healthier choices available take out the guess work.

So-Sew Me said...

Having the kids help out in the kitchen so they are more willing to try new foods. It is a slow process but gradually working.

Katy said...

We've tried to replace white grains with whole grains.
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Rebecca said...

We have at least one green smoothie per day, and we also eat a lot of brown rice, chicken, and veggies.

Rebekah said...

We try to have as many fresh fruits and veggies around the house as possible, and keep all the junk out!

I'm Just Saying said...

Lots and lots of steamed veggies and frewsh fruit on hand always... Also we are trying to do some walking a couple of times a week :))

David said...

We are trying to eat more fruits and veggies and not eat out as often as before.

Kelly Tillotson said...

i sneak lots of veggie purees in foods for my 3 and almost 2 year olds. They are not good about eating many fruits and vegetables...it can be frustrating!
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Anabel said...

We're vegetarians, so we skip out on a lot of meat-related health issues!

Tess said...

We eat fresh, whole foods.

Anonymous said...

Switched to whole wheat pasta, brown rice and more veggies. And I am working on taking our extremely hyper puppy out walking 3 times a week... But i think she walks me! =)

Stephanie said...

We use lots of fresh foods and try to use whole grains.

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Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

My family try to eat more homemade than eating out. The kids loves veggies and fruits, I made cookies and chips for their snacks, and sourdough bread for dinner. Thank God, all my 3 kids have a perfect attendance at school. They loves sports too, and we walk them to school everyday.

sheena said...

we switched EVERYTHING out of our house and replaced it with melaleuca all natural and toxic free products.

we were never vitamin takers. but now we can't live without our melaleuca vitality vitamins. even our little 3 year old reminds us daily to take our vitamins. she LOVES hers too!

and we also participate in bountiful baskets. (check bountifulbaskets.org to see if they're in your area).

we get a basket full of fruits and veggies for $16! you can't get a load of veggies & fruits like that in any store around here.

and as much as the weather allows us... we're running, biking, walking, hiking and anything to get us moving.

it feels good to be toxin free & healthy!

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Trish said...

Here our snow has just started melting and the kids have noticed all the pop cans in the ditches. We have started going for walks and collecting the cans. They are now taking long walks with no complaints and finding a little extra spending cash for an up coming trip we are taking.

Sarah said...

We plant a garden every year and the kids help to tend it and pull weeds. They get the exercise and fresh air along with all the great veggies to eat.

*JULIA* said...

I love to add spinach or kale to our fruit and yogurt smoothies and also add bananas to our whole wheat pancakes.

Raechel said...

We like to make smoothies too - we usually use yogurt, orange juice, frozen berries and either fresh kale or spinach for hidden boost!

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Jane said...

We added a beverage fridge in the basement and stocked it with water. Our kids and the neighborhood kids all enjoy getting water as needed.

cricket said...

I'm wondering why your juices taste chemically. To me and my friends we get a chemical. On you lemonade as well.
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JC said...

We love smoothies, so I put all veggies and fruit in and serve daily as drinks.

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Tara said...

We still like to buy chips, so I try to buy the baked kind or Sun Chips so at least we aren't eating as much fat :)

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kloder said...

We try to get daily exercise of some form!

shelia said...

Playing OUTSIDE!

Cecily said...

We have chosen to eliminate sodas from our diets, eat whole grains instead of enriched wheat flour porducts, and when we make deserts it's always fun to find replacements for the fats and sugars in the recipes that still taste super yummy:) We love to stay active at the gym as well as spending quality time out in the fresh air and sunshine:)

Anonymous said...

We go swimming at a local gym twice a week - the kids love it, and I do too!

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Lisa said...

My husband got me a wheat grinder and that is all we use. I make everything that calls for flour with hard red wheat, cookies, cakes, noodles, you name it. My children have never even noticed. I think grinding it yourself makes a big difference in the taste.

Alisha said...

We've found that keeping fresh cut fruit and veggies ready along with easy to reach water glasses helps alot for on the go, playing outside kiddos. We also do our very best to discuss what a healthy lifestyle and healthy foods are so that they learn as they go.

Veronica said...

We've been eating way more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tani said...

We only use natural cleaners in our home, my children play outside in the fresh air a lot. TV is limited.
We try to make most meals from scratch with no preservatives in them. We go to the farmers markets weekly for fresh produce. We keep no junk food in the house but the children get a treat at the weekends.

Rachel said...

I serve two fruits/vegetables at every meal. We also take a walk as a family most days. They are small things, but do help keep our family healthier.

We also banned fries when we go out to keep except on rare occasions.

Zach and Erika said...

We sit down together for dinner EVERY NIGHT! After dinner, we go for a walk. If it's cold, we bundle up, but we always go!!

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Karen said...

We keep fresh fruit on hand at all time for the kids to eat on the run. We talk about eating "health" foods rather than sweets!

VickiT said...

The one thing I always do is to use frozen vegetables if fresh isn't an option rather than canned veggies. The canned veggies have so much added to them like salt and other stuff we really don't need to have.

My husband and I both love 7 layer salad so one or two times a month I'll make that and we'll have it for supper and/or lunches. Yes, some things in that aren't the best for us but, they are still much better than a big dinner with meats and fats that are much more than the 7 layer salad is.

*Lili Ballerini* said...

I've been adding carrots inside my son's Strawberry Smoothies. He can't even tell. Sneaky me.

Lee said...

I always have cut up fresh veggies ready in a little fridge container and the hummus sitting on top of it for snacks.

Sarita said...

granola, something I didn't know I'd like.

GloJoeSews said...

We have fresh fruits and cooked veggies in glass jars--don't use plastic cuz of the chance of leaking chemicals. Make smooties with yogurt and protein powder like you said BUT make 7 servings on Sunday morning and open up capsules of powdered vits/minerals like Alpha Lipoic or CoQ10 and add to the servings, that way they're ready to go during the week. Also, buy snack size candy treats for the occasional urge that way you don't deprive but you don't overdo.

Allison said...

I try to serve a fruit with breakfast and a fruit and vegetable with lunch and dinner.

Kenna said...

I make all the punk's baby food...and it's all organic! AND I make 2 things from the fruit/veggie cateogry for dinner so we get closer to the elusive 5 servings a day!

Ashley Harris said...

We rarely ever drink soda, I try to serve at least one vegetable during dinner and I make the kids play outside rather than play video games!

Kate said...

Breakfast is our favorite meal, so we always try and make the time for a good breakfast, and we try to be active every day, whether it's skiing or biking or running around in the backyard with a soccer ball.

Amy said...

We try to get a good rounded breakfast in them every morning. It's the only meal we know the kids will absolutely eat. Also, we call everything chicken...salmon=chicken, tilapia=chicken. We said fish once and both girls said they didn't like fish annnnnd then ate their salmon.

Tina said...

We eat more veggies and drink a lot of water and OJ
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Casey said...

My hubs and I are on week 4 of 1/2 marathon training!!

I've also recently made a switch from Pop tarts in the morning to granola bars... to-go breakfasts are a must around here so granola bars are a great sub! 1/2 the cals!

Shiree said...

family walks by the river, good for the soul... and the cholesterol!

Yah Yah said...

In an effort to move toward a healthier lifestyle, I am taking my children to the park to play more. Less time in front of the computer and TV, more time moving.

Treasuresofjoy said...

We eat at home alot. I have more control of added fats and incorporating fruits and veggies in the meal. Also portions are smaller than at a restaurant. I will admit the dishes are the main reason I like to go out once in a while!

Jessica said...

I cook with ground turkey instead of ground beef its more lean with less fat...
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Jodie said...

The ways I try to keep my family healthy is to meal plan each week. The weekend is prep time and try to be sure we stick to it through out the week by having all the meals planned and ingredients needed.
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aly said...

Trying to eat more whole foods and less dinners out.

IndiANNa said...

We are eating at home a lot more often and biking everywhere on the weekends!

marisa said...

I have to control snacking with 5 kids. If they get too bored they head to the pantry, kinda like Mom! So each child has a jar with their name on it and pre-selected snacks from me and them. Usually a trail mix, raisins, a sugar treat, baggies of pretzels, etc.

They get 3 in there and that is it for each day. We can choose fruits or veggies with dip too.

Natalie said...

We are trying to add more veggies in. Making smoothies is one awesome and delicious way!! I make green smoothies for me and my son likes them with fruit. We are also doing lots of salads.

Danielle @ Savvy Chic Home said...

no soda, whole wheat bread, veggies for dinner and lunch

Deb said...

Not sure everyone is into "kefir," but my daughter makes us kefir smoothies every morning...which include oranges or orange juice, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, frozen cantaloupe, etc. They are delicious and are touted to help with sicknesses. I can tell you that I've hardly been sick (maybe once) in the almost two years we've been having kefir. It's a great healthy start to the morning but tastes like dessert!

Pammisue said...

i just devised a daily food pyramid tracker flip chart. my lil girl is learning to be more aware of what she needs to eat. its tough to get all hose fruits and veggies in but webare atleast more concious.

Terri said...

What works for us is to store healthy snacks at the front of the fridge in CLEAR containers. It's easy to see and without much effort you can just grab a healthy ready to eat snack. Please try this!!

Jill said...

We are taking walks together and having fun by adding more steps every time we walk. We are also cutting more salt from our foods, cooking. It seems to make us all feel better!

Busted Kate said...

Since I'm breastfeeding, I try to eat as healthy as possible! I have a protein shake for breakfast (and I think I'll be trying your smoothie!) and cut down on processed foods. And of course eat as many fruits and veggies as I can!

christy said...

we eat less processed foods

Granilyn said...

Spend more time in the Garden. Not just pulling weeds.

gingerly said...

I have raised my kids and they still use some of my "tricks" on their kids - i puree leftover veggies and put them in sauce for pasta - no one can tell they r in there - i put oj on my pork roast along w/bbq sauce while it slow cooks -

Kristy said...

I have them help make pizzas with lots of vegies

Clarke & Lewis said...

Veggie pizzas, veggie burgers, fresh fruit on hand, weekly trips to the farmers market
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myfolly said...

I always have 2 veggies with dinner & smaller portions of meat. Also, juice every morning and try and eat one piece of fruit per day. We also eat one yogurt per day.
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pixie13 said...

We don't buy soda for home, juice, tea, water if you're thirsty. We try to spend as much time as possible outside now that it's getting nice. Drink lots of fruit smoothies.
Love your recipe; I might have to try it. Think it might be god with a couple of bananas added?

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jakiesmom said...

my son refuses veggies so i grate carrots and put them in muffins and i buy fruit/veggie blend drinks to sneak them into him
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Anonymous said...

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Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

We try to keep lots of fresh fruits and veggies on hand for snacking in place of unhealthy and processed foods.

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Susan E. said...

I cook nearly all of our meals from scratch instead of using processed foods.

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Robin M. said...

I bought that cookbook - Deceptively Delicious, and have been secretly adding good stuff to lots of recipes.

Deb said...

I am very lucky. My kids love love love fruit. Never any problems getting them to eat fruit. They also like quite a few veggies, so I don't push it and force them to eat what they don't like. I do introduce and reintroduce new and seasonal veggies all the time and my oldest especially will try more and more.

Deb said...

tweeted
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Kerry said...

We like to take our dog for walks as a family.
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Kerry said...

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sodahoney said...

We stick to basics, plenty of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet.

sodahoney said...

Blogged http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2011/05/tropicana-puts-good-in-morning-read-how.html

JanPattersonRN said...

We're all eating more fruits and vegetables, and doing better at getting enough rest, leaving plenty of time to get places so we're not hurrying, and having fun. So far, so good!

sy said...

we put sweet fruits in plain yogurt and try to eat fruits for breakfast. getting vegetables in the diet is harder, we usually cook them with lots of seasoning to make them taste better. dip would work too.
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sy said...

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~dab said...

I make sure we eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and I keep plenty of healthy snack options on hand. I also limit sweets, sodas, fried foods and other junk food. Can't eat it if I don't bring it into the house!

Betty C said...

The simplest thing I ever did was to let my children pick out the fruit at the roadside stands. They asked questions about unfamiliar items and usually got to try a sample. Teaching them to be adventurous as children carried over now that they are adults and they love to try new foods.

Betty C said...

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Anne said...

I try to set a good example for the kids. I also keep very little junk food in the house, which helps.
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Anne said...

I blogged
http://lunaj14568.blogspot.com/2011/05/tropicana-giveaways.html

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susan1215 said...

We go outside and play games for excercise and I always keep fruit and vegetables in the house for healthy snacks

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Mari said...

I leave a veggie tray with dips out for my family to snack on rather than sugary processed foods.

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Mari said...

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BeautyToLove said...

I feed my children fruits and vegetables every day. I get them to eat their Vegetables by seasoning them with good tasting seasonings and herbs. They also drink Tropicana Orange Juice every morning.

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marybug2 said...

We always had juice and fruit in the house, never pop.

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Georgia said...

I was lucky, my kids loved fruits and veggies so we got along just fine.

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Georgia said...

Tweeted here too

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js22 said...

Sometimes it’s easier to serve foods in a different way if your family doesn’t like them the way they are normally prepared. Cooked spinach- yuk, cooked spinach in cream sauce – double yuk! But put spinach leaves in a salad and that’s ok!
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Donna said...

We have increased the amount of fruits and veggies in our diets.
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traciet said...

We go to the farmer market twice a week as a family and pick out veggies and fruit and sample new ones! tracietrump@yahoo.com

jillyrh said...

We try to be healthy by drinking water instead of soda and have switched from white bread to whole wheat.

jillyrh said...

Tweet

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MaddyMaze Studio said...

Moderation is absolutely the key. I lost 133 pounds two years ago and have gained back 11. I live by the moderation rule. Its so hard for my family sometimes, but all we can do is try and take each day as it comes.

Angie

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