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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
12/8/13 5:42 P

I remember when I was growing up. If we were hungry before dinner we could have cut up veggies. If we were really hungry. Then we could have a TBSP of peanut butter.

We did get the junk food treats on occasion, but not often.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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12/8/13 3:57 P

Lots of good thoughts. I like the blog, good ideas.

I think it helps to include the kids in the planning, shopping , prepping and cooking of food. I think it makes them more adventurous diners.

DIGIT00 Posts: 8,467
12/8/13 8:42 A

When the kids were young, I was a SAHM. Now they are teenagers, I am back to work, so they have learned to continue on with what we had started. As soon as I came home from the store, carrots were cut into 2-3 inch strips, others were sliced round... good for salads. Celery were in strips. Raisins were put into snack cups. Strawberries were sliced into a container, I bought small bananas and apples for them eat, but separated the bananas for them. My kids are allergic to the chemicals that make food shelf steady, so we made granola, marshmallows (for hot cocoa.. also homemade... and for smores). In the fall, I would stock up on apples. We would dehydrate a lot, canned applesauce, juice others. After juicing, we would take the pulp and spread in out on a sheet and dehydrate it... Came out as one big fruit roll up that we tore into pieces. We would make jello and pudding... they went into snack cups into the fridge instead of one big bowl to scoop from... automatic portion control. I sold Tupperware for 3 years and I did my kitchen in the modular mates as well have a TON of snack cups. This kept cupboards and pantry organized for the family and kept portion control for the kids. Basically, anything I brought in from the garden, or the store, I made into portions ready to grab and go. Made easier when we knew we were going to be out for awhile too.

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12/8/13 7:24 A

I make my own granola bars, muffins, quick breads, cookies, whole wheat crackers, pancake mix and other desserts so I can control the amount of sugar and cut out preservatives. I use natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, banana, sweet potato or unsweetened applesauce. I find cinnamon makes a good replacement for sugar. I also make brownies and blondies with black beans and chickpeas. I make yogurt pops, banana pops and frozen yogurt for a replacement for frozen desserts. For easy oatmeal cookies, you can just mash a banana into some oats, unsweetened cocoa powder, add some blueberries and nuke it in the microwave for 2 mins. Popcorn is a better alternative to chips and crackers, you can add your own flavouring and goodies like nuts. Roll up sliced banana in a whole wheat tortilla with cream cheese and honey and then toast it in a pan or make your own whole wheat crepes with yogurt and fruit.

I love this blog, there are some great ideas for healthy and fun recipes for kids:

PS: I did find some healthy recipes for myself on this blog. ;)

You may also want to check out this one:

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/8/2013 (07:40)
TCANNO SparkPoints: (351,644)
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12/8/13 5:33 A

I think this is a case of just letting them have it but try cooking your own with the health option.

Most kid will want things because their friend have it and that is hard to complete with

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12/7/13 10:22 P

I don't make junk food off limits to my kids; I just try to limit it to something that is a treat. The rest of the time I try to cook good, wholesome food and serve lots of fruits and veggies. I don't always succeed. I just don't want to make food an obsession for my kids.

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12/7/13 6:32 P

I have been baking for my family (not something I did when they were young). I make everything gluten or dairy and low carbs. My family's absolute favorite treat are gluten-free butternut squash and chocolate chip muffins. I make them once a week and we all enjoy them. I also make zucchini and carrot fries, pizza with a cauliflower crust, and chocolate chip cookies that you wouldn't believe have no wheat or dairy in them. A little planning makes it easy for me to make these treats that my family will eat and I don't need to buy junk food because of it.

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12/7/13 6:13 P

An earlier post about passing on fast food had a poster who said that with her 4 kids it was hard some times to say no to "junk foods".

Thinking about all of the brilliant people on here and how I'm sure many of you have come up with healthy alternatives that seem like junk food to your kids, I'm inviting you to share your healthier kid friendly alternatives to potato chips, fast food, pre packaged snack foods and all of the other stuff that kids see advertised and want us to buy for them.

(Ulterior motive is I might find a new snack food for me! LOL)

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