Sunday, August 8, 2010

Prep Fruit To Kick Off Your Child's Healthy Week

As a working mother of two boys (2 & 4), I am constantly working to come up with ways to serve healthy and quick meals for my family. The reality is that we all want our children to be healthy, but where do we start? Have you ever found yourself saying "I'm too busy to learn." "Eating healthy is expensive." "They never like anything I make." "I don't have time." If you can answer yes to any of these questions you can rest knowing that you're like every other mother in the world.

First, pat yourself on the back for wanting to make a difference. Let's face it. The odds were against us. We grew up in the microwave age. I still remember the look on our faces when my Mom mastered our first "meal" in the microwave (meat, potato, vegetable and dessert...she was a genius). Quick and easy was cool!

Fast forward a decade or two and quick and easy paved the way for rising obesity trends and unhealthy habits. That cool feeling is being replaced by guilt and calories. What happened to us and how can we reverse the trends for our children? We can't add more hours to our day and we can't afford a live-in chef, so the reality is that we're on our own. Just as my mother mastered the microwave, I believe we too can master the art of healthy eating for our children. It's time to start our journey. Let the healthy eating tips begin.

Tip 1: As a busy mother, I have found that food prep is key to maintaining your superwoman status during the week. I generally spend 30 minutes on Sunday washing, cutting and storing all of my fruits for the week. That makes it easy for me to whip out the fruit with meals or snacks. I usually keep 3-4 kinds of fruit in the refrigerator ready to eat during the week. I'm a big fan of the Rubbermaid Produce Savers. They're great for grapes, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.


Shapes are also a hit with kids. Stars, letters and animal cut outs will give your child fun options during the week.

I know this is a simple concept but we have to start with the basics. Seeing your child eat fruits every day is extremely rewarding...and boosts our confidence as a parent. If you aren't prepping fruits already, give it a shot and let me know how you like it. I'll share more healthy tips for success next week.

2 comments:

  1. My problem isn't getting my son to eat fruit, it's veggies. He LOVES fruit. I've started giving him fruit/veggie juice (like V8 fusion) to get some more veggies in him.

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  2. It seems so basic, yet it is a great idea! Thanks!

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