Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Are you REALLY a Healthy Eating Role Model for your Kids?

As we wrap up National Nutrition Month, I pose one final question.  Are you really a healthy eating role model for your child?

In our house, my husband is an extremely picky eater.  He grew up with food allergies and a limited diet.  If it were up to him, the only vegetable served at dinner would be corn and potatoes (both of which are actually considered starches).

We knew that if we wanted to expose our children to more vegetables, it meant venturing outside of our comfort zone and trying new things.  While my husband doesn't love every vegetable we prepare, he certainly takes one for the team and gives it a shot.  In the last two years he has included over ten new vegetables to his diet.  It may just be a bite, but the kids take note of his efforts and quickly take their own bite too.  

So if you find yourself saying "eww" and "yuck to vegetables, purposely not cooking vegetables that you don't like, and expecting your kids to eat foods that you refuse to eat, then it's time for you to take a look at yourself.

As you prepare to embark on healthy eating (and you soon will), keep in mind that children follow your lead.  Sometimes that means taking one for the team.  Reserving our comments and even more, forcing yourself to take a bite of the food you detest. You won't have to do this forever, but it's an important step as you try to help your kids transition to healthier foods.

Ready to take your first step?  Here's an easy recipe for cooked carrots to experiment with.  Carrots are a great source of fiber, beta carotene and Vitamin A.   Enjoy!

1 bag carrots, 16oz bag 
1      tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
2      tbsp Honey, for glaze

  1. Either steam or cook carrots in boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until crisp-tender, remove and drain.  
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat for 1 minute.  
  3. Add the carrots and honey  Cook for 2 minutes or until glazed.  Remove and serve.


  1. Great Info Mandy,
    As parents and role models we wear many faces, eww & yuck are definitely ones we should avoid.
    Thanks for the tips and keep up the great work......

  2. Awesome Video. Food looks good, and easy to make!


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