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Children and snacks

In my household, it is sometimes excruciatingly hard to get my 10-year-old girl to eat anything healthy.  The fridge is constantly filled fridge with fruit and veggies, but after-dinner cookies often go missing more often than the fruits and veggies eaten.

It's a pretty worldwide thing, so how to deal with it? 

My first instinct was to hide things, but as many people know from their own childhood, them kids is sneaky.  I then figured I would just let her get full on snacks and she would most likely not want any more.  We all know how that went. 

Then it hit me. 

I had no choice but to prepare snacks as well as meals, cut out my own bad snacking habits, and leave no other options.

I am a big fan of juice.  Any kind will do so why not just buy a lot of fruits and veggies and juice them? There are more than a few problems with that.  By constantly giving kids juice instead of the fruit, you can actually go way over the amounts of vitamins that a child needs in a day.  Also, by not giving the child actual fruit a lot of the natural "extras" that fruits and veggies provide will be lost.  I think it's also a great way to spend time with the child and get that extra 10 minutes of bonding time you would easily lose by just handing them a glass and sending them on their way. 

Charles Staurat Platkin notes in an article on KCBY 11 in Bend, Ore: "The simple act of cutting fruits and vegetables can cause loss of some nutrients, such as vitamin C, but fiber content is retained, says Shira Isenberg, RD MPH, a New Jersey-based nutritionist. Additionally, fiber will not deteriorate when exposed to air.
 
"The problem is not the cutting, blending or pureeing, it’s the commercial processing that typically reduces the fiber and nutrient content of fruits and vegetables (e.g., when they’re turned into juice). The reason: “It’s mainly due to the removal of the skin of the produce (a great source of insoluble fiber) and, to a small extent, cooking the fruit or vegetable, even with skin still on,” says Jaclyn Maurer Abbot, Ph.D., RD, a specialist in sports dietetics in Georgia."

My list of fruits:

  • Apples, oranges, lots of grapes, a strawberry or two, and if you can find the asian pears (they taste like watermelon), and of course, watermelon.
  • And for the veggies:
  • Cucumbers, snap peas, carrots celery (I like mine with cheez wiz and bacon bits) and the ever so popular Beets.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

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