Juicy Juice!

August 18th, 2010

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Juicy Juice.

juicin' at the park

We don’t drink a lot of juice at our house because—can you believe this?—we actually like water! I know! Shocking!!! And our water doesn’t even taste that great. It’s got lime in it and sometimes tastes like chlorine but I’ve just gotten in the habit of drinking it over the years to save money and calories. I figure why drink extra calories when water tastes pretty great too?

However, IF I were going to buy juice, which I do from time to time because I like to have it on hand for parties and visiting friends, I would definitely buy Juicy Juice. You know why? First, because their packaging is prettier than other brands, AND second, because it’s made from fruit and isn’t pumped full of sugar. Why drink sugar if you don’t have to?!! Natural fruit juices are plenty sweet so adding sugar is just a sneaky ploy to get kids addicted!

The Evil Smurf likes Juicy Juice Juicy

Now that we’ve established that Juicy Juice makes a better-for-you product, let’s see what the kids have to say about it. Because really, at the end of the day, that’s what’s going to make or break a juice, right?

The Evil Smurf (my daughter) likes it fine. She’s taken to sucking down two boxes in one sitting. Which is quite a lot of juice in this new taller-size box, so I might have to monitor that. My niece, on the other hand, wasn’t too fond of the Punch flavor. I’m thinking it was partly because we didn’t realize you have to shake it before drinking and partly because maybe she doesn’t like passion fruit. A friend’s daughter (who is not pictured) also liked it. She says it’s “fruitified.” I think that means it’s yummy.

product shot

Next up is the star of the show! Juicy Juice Sparkling Apple Juice! I know they say this is for kids ages 6-11 but I think they should change that to kids ages 6-62. This stuff is yummy! I don’t even like soda and I liked this little can of appley goodness. And the packaging?!! It’s awesome. Of course, I’m a graphic designer and packaging is really important to me but still. You have to admit these would look really cool tossed in a bucket of ice.

green tab

Okay, maybe I’m a nut when it comes to cool graphics on the side of cans, but they are cute, don’t you think? It even has an apple green tab! That’s attention to detail. I will totally support a company that spends the extra bucks to have a colored tab. Go ahead and call me a snob. I don’t care.

riff raff

Snobbery aside, this product was particularly popular with the preteen boy crowd that I happened to meet at the park while we were doing our official taste test. My poor 12-year-old niece, Rapunzel (not pictured) wanted to hide under the picnic table when I got the hair-brained idea of asking them to try it. Aunts can be so embarrassing. But I had to do my research right?

Of course, the fact that I was offering them something free to drink on a hot afternoon when they had nothing to do besides antagonize other kids at the park probably had something to do with their enthusiasm. But I do think they genuinely liked it! They also liked smashing the cans into two-inch pucks and then skittering them across the basketball court in some kind of monster-mash hockey game while popping wheelies on their BMX bikes.

But that’s just kids, right? Let them be boys and then secretly chuckle to yourself that they are drinking juice with real vitamins. Ha ha!

And that wraps up my official review. I hope it has been helpful for you! Think of me next time you pop open a can with a plain silver tab, will you?

Now for the fun part. This time we are giving away a $100 Visa gift card plus a Juicy Juice Prize Pack! If you’d like to play along, please leave a comment telling me what you do to help your kids (or your pets or whoever…) grow up healthy. Do you sneak it in their juice or dessert or do you serve up a good helping of “life’s tough, eat your veggies”?

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291 Responses to “Juicy Juice!”

  1. Susan Says:

    We make sure to play outside at least some of each day, no matter how cold or dreary, and we try to help them develop a healthy relationship with food by not pushing anything- not even forcing veggie-eating- and not prohibiting anything. So far, so good, but it’s a long row to hoe.

  2. jenny b Says:

    I make sure my kids drink tons of water everyday. They work so hard playing that they need to stay hydrated:)

  3. rachel e. Says:

    I have found that If I don’t purchase the junk food my husband and I can’t eat it!

  4. lindsey Says:

    I only have a dog…but he’s my baby! anddd I only feed him blue buffalo, it’s a brand of dog food that is all natural =) It’s how I keep him healthy!!

  5. Mami2jcn Says:

    I try to get my kids to eat their veggies by showing them I enjoy them. They seem more apt to try something if we set a good example.

  6. Sally Says:

    We have veggies in our house at all times, but junk only on rare occasions.

  7. parsingtime Says:

    spinach in smoothies!

  8. Kristen Says:

    I have 2 cats, no kids. I try to make sure they exercise plenty since I live in a single-level house. We play chase and fetch (!), and lots of catch the string. Silly kitties! (and ridiculous mom who encourages it).

  9. Jenn Sagotsky Says:

    I don’t have any kids yet, but in order to keep our hedgehog healthy, we try introducing him to new foods all the time — like cooked sweet potatoes and mangoes — and find that he’ll actually eat many of them if we try a few times!

  10. Tina Says:

    I make sure we have a type of veggie at almost every meal (I’m not so good about breakfast) and then have fruit or veggies sitting on the table in the afternoon, when the kids are wanting to snack. We also love making fruit smoothies and I throw fresh spinach in. The kids were actually sad when I ran out of it last week and they ONLY had fruit in them! :)

  11. Milissa Says:

    It’s actually my husband that I try to make a little healthier. He’s a big guy and doesn’t really like to excercise. I get him to take walks to the store with me by telling him “My car is low on gas, so I guess we will just have to walk there.” It usually works to get him up and moving around.

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  15. Becca Says:

    I’m pretty lucky in that I can get the kids both to eat a reasonable amount of fruits and veggies and even on the ones they aren’t fond of (brussel sproats for Adam and radishes for Carus) I can usually get them to eat one or two occasionally. However, given the option between fruits/veggies and something sugery like cookies I’m positive they’d pick the cookies.

    Getting them involved in sports has helped with low activity levels (video games and TV are just so fun) or kicking them outside for a bit.

    As a side note, i’m going to look for the sparkling juice drinks next time I go shopping. I am interested!

  16. Lady in a Smalltown Says:

    I try to leave sippy cups of water out for my 15 month old when we are playing. He asks for juice but totally accepts water cups. I also try to feed him his fruit or vegetable before the rest of his meal. He scarfs down cantaloupe like it is going out of style.

    So far we have mostly only given him straight apple juice and orange juice, but he has tried some Juicy Juice box drinks and LOVES them.

  17. Poppy Says:

    No sneaking here. I serve veggies with every meal which have to be eaten before they can leave the table. They know the routine by now, so, no more fighting. We have water drinking contests which helps get them (and me!) to drink plenty of water. When we do drink juice, it is waay watered down.

  18. Calee Says:

    One of my college roommates read some anthropology paper that talked about how parents in different cultures presented food. Apparently in Italy, when the mom places food on the table for the family, the father makes a point to say “look at this wonderful food your mother has prepared!” Every time Audrey is unsure about a new food, Jake says this and it seems o do the trick.

  19. Jenna Says:

    My son is only six months so right now he still likes his veggies… but I’m going to try my hardest to keep it that way by not over exposing him to processed foods, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup…

  20. cc Says:

    Benefiber. I put it in jello, our spaghetti sauce, stir fry, even my enchiladas. (You didn’t know I was sneaking extra fiber ion there did you.) Pretty much anything liquidy enough to stir.

  21. Brenda Says:

    My kids love love love fruit, so that’s usually dessert at our house. As for veggies, I put them on their plate and then try not to say much and a lot of the time they will eat at least some of them (as long as we aren’t pushing them).

    I love the idea of juice in a can… it’s a log less likely to squirt everywhere like the juice boxes do when you accidentally squeeze them.

  22. Gina Says:

    I do a lot because every little bit helps. We eat lots of fruit around here. Veggies are a bit trickier, but they are pretty good about roasted veggies and broccoli. And I sneak in the healthy stuff, too. A bit of spinach in a smoothie, you know, health things up a bit. I also do fruits and veggies for snack so if they’re hungry, they’ll eat it!

  23. the ambitious mrs Says:

    My “secret” is ranch dressing. My darling daughter can and will eat anything (healthy or not!) if it has enough ranch on it!

  24. sy Says:

    i would do what my mom did for me, she cooked healthy, packed my meals, and educated me of the health benefits of different food. she does it constantly, so it sticks with me.
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  25. sy Says:

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  26. jenifer Says:

    we pack a yummy, healthy dinner of veggies, fresh summer fruit, homemade yogurt, cheese and crackers and head to the beach for dinner on summer nights. the sand, water, heat and fresh seasonal whole food really make life awesome. also, we lead by example- junk food for parents = junk food for kids. we make our own bread, yogurt, cheese, tortillas, granola bars and fruit leathers. getting the kid involved really has helped him understand where our food comes from- which we get straight from Tanaka Farms! wootwoot! and how exciting it is to eat healthy!

  27. Amanda Says:

    My son has been living off corn dogs lately, which are not the best but, while I’m getting that ready for him I put his fruit or veggie in front of him. He eats most of that first since he’s hungry. We also try and set a good example. If I’m eating it he inevitably ends up getting some too. I have really cut back on my chip intake.

  28. Tracy S. Says:

    I don’t have kids, but I’m a teacher so when I have a lunch bunch with my 1st graders I reward them for making healthy choices. If they choose vegetables and fruit in the cafeteria they get a little prize from me. Can you believe the cafeteria lets the children choose what to take for lunch? Even the Pre-K 4 yr. olds can choose to not take the veggies and fruit — they’ll walk out with just a slice of pizza or some chicken nuggets.

  29. Debra Says:

    At least 2 veggies with every dinner. No junk. Fruit every day. Occasional homemade desserts.

    Tracy S – my school sells ice cream to 2nd graders !!! ??? Why ??? I have seen more than one child dump their entire lunch in the trash and eat the ice cream.

  30. LisaH Says:

    We play outside even when it’s stinkin’ hot at least fro a little while every day…take a multi-vitamin and try to eat healthy.
    Ice cream and popsicles are available for treats, but only after healthy stuff first (we live in Florida and it is HOT, I can’t deny them popsicles!).

  31. Carol Sandretto-Unsinger Says:

    We do a little bit of the ol’ stealth veggies and a daily vitamin. My girls all love their fruits, so that’s not a problem, but the veggies tend to be a bit of a struggle. Juicy juice is what I pack in my big girls’ lunches during the school year. At home they have a small glass from the bigger jug at lunchtime and my two year old gets the watered down version in her sippy cup just once a day. All things in moderation around here! :)

  32. Lorey Says:

    Didn’t know about the canned version of juicy juice! My older children will be digging that! My kids love fruit, so I keep a lot of that on hand to encourage good healthy choices. Soda is a weekend treat.

  33. tabitha Says:

    I dont buy cookies, chips, or pop. The only times we have chips is for salsa or to pack lunches occasionally. No sitting around eating that stuff in my house!

  34. Sharna Says:

    We go with everything in moderation. I don’t “ban” junk and I offer plenty of yummy healthy stuff too. Maybe I just got lucky but I like to think that our everything in moderation philosophy has done the trick. I don’t have to force, bribe, sneak or trick my kids into eating fruits and veggies because I just keep cut up veggies and plenty of fruit on hand and they eat it. My youngest may just be a weirdo though-she has passed up dessert for a bowl of cucumber slices more than once this summer and would be in heaven if I let her buy a new fruit or veggie (the more exotic stuff) every trip to the store. Recently she’s addicted to jicama. We have some kiddos that visit on a regular basis that are indeed from a “no pop, no candy-ever” house and they sneak it at my house. I can have a bowl of holiday candy set out for the whole season that we eat from occasionaly. The guest kids come over and an entire bowl is gone in a matter of hours. It seems because they can’t ever have it they gorge on it when it’s available. We’re not talking little guys here either-they are all tweens. I’m going to be on the look out for that sparkling apple drink! Looks fun and yummy… The can IS adorable.

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  36. JessicaS Says:

    my daughter has actually liked her veggies since she started eating. She likes broccoli the best.

  37. Dena Says:

    I do a little of each. I buy juicy juice boxes and also the bottles of v8 fusion juices that have veggies and fruits, but i make them eat their veggies and fruits too. I don’t push ones they don’t like, just make sure I have the ones they like on hand. Did you know corn isn’t a veggie anymore?? it’s a starch!

  38. denise Says:

    My kids love their fruits and veggies. I have no problems tryint to eat healthy. It probably also helps that I make everything from scratch because they have food allergies.

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  39. Amanda Says:

    We limit sweets and try to encourage healthy eating as much as possible. Works for two out of three kiddos at our house. :) We have juice on occasion as a substitute for chocolate milk or pop. We’ll have to look for the sparkling juice which could easily be called pop.

  40. Maria Says:

    Peanut prefers water, it seems. And we let her have chocolate milk pretty much whenever. Since she prefers water, we do pretty good. We try to come up with fun names for the healthy food. Broccoli trees are her favourite even if she only eats the leaves. The other day I decided to call cauliflower “Snow Trees” and put it with the broccoli trees. SCORE! She ate so many. I think it’s also helpful to have her watch me cook and get her to help. She was more willing to try the green beans after she’d snapped the ends off of them herself. And she’s just 2!

  41. shel Says:

    My mother always insisted every meal needed a vegetable or it wasn’t complete. When I married my husband, he was happy with just a meat and potato but I *have* to have a side veggie or I feel we’re really missing out, whether it be canned veggies, a salad or just some carrot sticks. I’m lucky, my daughter loves veggies and even makes herself a salad as a snack when she comes home from school. I make sure my veggie crisper has a variety of fruit and veggies for her to pick from.

  42. Karina Says:

    Make sure they drink plenty of water

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  44. Rebecca Graham Says:

    We have fresh fruits for snacks instead of sweets.

  45. Mary Says:

    The only juice my daughter drinks is Juicy Juice! She is 7.

  46. Linda B. Says:

    Luckily, my son LOVES fruit. He also loves junk food, so I try to not keep very much of it in the house.

  47. Pat Ramey Says:

    limit sweets, drink lots of water, eat healthy

  48. Jill Says:

    We serve fruit and veges at every family dinner. Our kids will usually eat those before anything else :) We also do a lot of family outdoor activities (walking around the neighborhood, soccer in the backyard)

  49. Jaque Says:

    I put cut vegies on skewers and serve it with a varitey of dips, peanut butter, ranch, italian. They love any food on a stick! It is their after school snack and they look forward to it daily. :-) Thank you.

  50. sandy Says:

    they have helped shopped- cut up and container it for easier grabbing for a snack- used to hid it by blending in to sauces or meat but they eat it now

  51. Cindy Says:

    Having an ample supply of cut up fruit and veggies always comes in handy as well as keeping a supply of fresh juice in the fridge.

  52. Viva Says:

    I’ve served fruits and veggies since they were little, so it’s a normal choice in our house. I mix up the choices so one doesn’t get “boring”, and they do need to try new things…brussels sprouts still aren’t a favorite but I keep trying ; )

  53. Steph Says:

    It’s a rule! Eat it or don’t eat anything else :)

  54. Steph Says:

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  55. Ali Says:

    I still stick to what my mom did when I was a kid: I chop up a huge bowl of salad and veggies on Sunday evenings. It’s easier to eat cucumber slices instead of chips if they are ready to go when I’m hungry. Also, one night a week is salad night and we usually only eat out once (maybe twice if friends/special occasion is involved) a week.

  56. Ellie W Says:

    I’ve been known to use the “you’re not leaving the table until you eat your veggies” bit. Unfortunately with my oldest he can sit there forever. I lucked out with the younger two, they would rather eat vegetables than anything.

  57. Ellie W Says:

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  58. Nadine L Says:

    Never had to do much, my daughter was always a veggie and fruit lover, no tricks, just a healthy eater. We walk every night to keep fit as well

  59. Nathan C Says:

    nice!

  60. Nathan C Says:

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  61. Deanna Says:

    I always try to encourage eating more vegetables, even if it means salad several times a week. I know we need to eat more and I’m always on the hunt for different vegetable recipes to try.

  62. Stephanie V. Says:

    make things like veggie lasagna, use veggie chips or sweet potato instead of regular potato chips, 100% juice apple juice with vitamin C, carrots with lunch
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  63. Gail Crawford Says:

    I pack a cup of del monte fruit in their lunch box.

  64. Sunshyn Vanderheiden Says:

    I now make sure our cats get wet catfood every day because I’ve learned from our vet as well as friend’s experience just how bad giving them only dry catfood can be for their health. We don’t exactly have to force them to eat it, though. LOL

  65. brenda helgeson Says:

    I make sure the eat meals from scratch, plenty of fruits and veggies

  66. Stephen Saunders Says:

    Eat fruit for snacks instead of sweets.

  67. Lisa Foster Says:

    I make sure when my grandson comes over that I have healthy snacks such as fruit, yogurt, cheese sticks etc.

  68. Lisa Foster Says:

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  69. Ann F Says:

    I try to set a good example by eating healthy and preparing healthy meals for my daughter.

  70. Timbo Says:

    I think the most important thing we do is to educate and teach by example about keeping things in moderation :) Never overdoing it, never underdoing it :)

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  72. Elizabeth N. Says:

    I try to purchase mostly healthy snacks and foods so we aren’t tempted to eat the sugary (and tasty) stuff instead. And yes, I do have to sneak veggies in sometimes!

  73. Lori Says:

    I try my best to prepare healthy meals. I keep fresh food and cheese for snacks and make sure the kids get lots of outside play time.

  74. Amy V Says:

    I have helped my son grow healthy by encouraging fun and active recreation so he gets that physical activity is part of a healthy life.

  75. Heather S Says:

    I make trail mix with nuts and raisins and they can have that rather then chips when they want to snack

  76. Nanci K Says:

    I try to have a vegetable at every dinner.

  77. Linda Fish Says:

    I always served a veggie with dinner and use whole grain products

  78. Jeff Says:

    Orange is my favorite juicy juice.

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  79. Kelly Says:

    I don’t have kids, but my best friend comes over for dinner a lot. I have started making (unsweetened) iced tea every day to have with dinner, because it keeps him from drinking pop with every meal! He tries to eat healthy, but then kind of ruins the whole meal with pop. But if there’s tea, he always chooses that. :o)

  80. Linda Lansford Says:

    I only keep healthy food in the house

  81. Ellen W Says:

    Limited time watching tv, fruits or veggies at mealtime, plain milk or water to drink.

  82. Kuky Says:

    We sneak and put it right out in Isabelle’s face to never be touched. La sigh. We usually drink water in this house too. Well wait. That’s not accurate at all. Me and Isabelle do. Alan lives on Coke and Nathan lives on mama’s milk. :)

  83. Sarah Hirsch Says:

    i make sure they at leas TRY new fruits and veggies even if they don’t like them, because i’ve read that if they are exposed to new tastes, they will grow to like them as they get used to them

  84. Andrea S. Says:

    Trying new foods was a must when I was a child. My parents always asked us to keep an open mind when it came to at least having a bite of something before we decided we didnt like it. It really works! I used to hear “I hate squash”. but now I hear “Oh, squash? Good!” Eating all the colors of the rainbow really helps to add all the vitamins and nutrients!

  85. EMMA L HORTON Says:

    I GIVE THEM FRUITS….BANANAS , APPLES AND GRAPES AND MAKE SURE THEY GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT

  86. sarah Says:

    I fed my kids fruits and veggies from a young age so neither are picky eaters. They are both very active in soccer as well.

  87. Denise S Says:

    I try to get them to eat healthy, take vitamins, get plenty of rest, and keep active.
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  88. Diane r. Says:

    During the week I have the job of feeding my grandkids. it’s been a job finding things they both like and that are healthy. Steamed precooked lentils are a bit hit, carrot sticks go down easily. my grandson loves frozen peas straight from the bag, granddaughter wants them thawed briefly in the microwave. I cook apples without sugar and dose them liberally with cinnamon give them that or a mix of bananas, blueberries, blackberries and a small piece of frozen mango. Sometimes example works, even when you don’t want them to. Lately my grandson has discovered that funny black rice (forbidden rice) I am so fond of is delicious. Last time he demanded and ate more of it than I did. It is considered the most nutritious of the rices, but it is also one of the most expensive. I was hoping to keep that one for myself. Oh, and vegetables in general? That’s still an uphill battle, but I’m working on it.

  89. Georgia Caudle Says:

    I make them try everything once and it’s up to them after that whether or not they eat it… for instance, veggies, soup, melon, and so on! gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  91. donna Says:

    sign me up

  92. Christine Says:

    fresh fruit for snacks

  93. Katherine M. Says:

    I’ve been trying to make our diet more healthy lately. The first few times I went to the grocery after this new plan started, my husband called my cell worried because I had been gone for hours. I was busy reading labels at the grocery store. Hours of it. In fact, I bet I spent over 20 minutes in the juice isle. I actually left with Juicy Juice. Additionally, I’ve added more fresh fruits and veggies to our diet. I try to cook more so that I can reduce the prepackaged meals. So, I searched around for some easy, quick and low fat recipes.

  94. elizabeth p Says:

    We take the kids to Upick farms, it gives them the chance to see where the food comes from. I find they reach for the fruits and veggies they picked faster than anything else.

  95. Tari L. Says:

    I keep a variety of healthy snacks within easy reach of the kids so they can grab them when they are hungry. Things like fresh fruit, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.

  96. Kam A Says:

    I emphasize the importance of healthy eating and exercise

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  97. Jenny Says:

    I taught my kids to drink water. It is the most important and healthiest thing ANYONE can do for themselves.

  98. katie t Says:

    My son doesn’t like veggies much, but he adores fruit. I give him fresh fruit with almost every meal. He’s also big on yogurt, so I try to get that in for a snack. Now if we can just find a way to get him to eat veggies….

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  99. allyson Says:

    i have been 1 one lucky moms whose kids actually love vegetables…..

  100. katie t Says:

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  101. Cathy Truman Says:

    We have fresh fruit and veggies for snacks.
    Apples and carrots sticks are some of the favorites.
    Watermelon and berries in the summer time is another one of the favorites.

  102. Adrienne Gordon Says:

    I blend the vegetables up into spaghetti sauce, mac n cheese, etc, they never notice.

  103. Suzanne K Says:

    I’ve always had lots of fruit on hand for snacks (not less healthy alternatives) and then lots of veggies for dinner

  104. B. Young Says:

    We don’t force the veggies so much as we don’t allow much junk, so the only choices are nutritious. We also each pick our own veggies so everyone knows he’ll have one he likes – better the same one every day than no veggies!

  105. mamalang Says:

    I limit junk type food to no more than one thing a day, and keep a lot of fruit and veggies ready to go.

  106. April Says:

    I always keep fruit available.

  107. Cynthia C Says:

    When my kids were small and they were busy watching tv or playing games, I would quietly place a bowl of fruit or cut up veggies near them. They would snack on healthy things without being nagged or prodded.

  108. Tarah Says:

    We’re expecting our first child but I love to buy fresh fruits & veggies and then chop/peel/dice it up so it’s easy to grab and snack on. Having a watermelon in the fridge is great but it won’t be eaten unless it’s easy access. So having it ready to go when you’re looking for a snack makes it a quick, easy and healthy choice!

  109. Suzanne Denys Says:

    I have a cabinet in my kitchen for space reasons that I fill only with healthy snacks on the bottom two shelves. They can help themselves then. it healthy organic cereals, nuts, dried fruits and pretzels. They go for the healthy stuff over junk thank goodenss!

  110. Deborah R Says:

    I severely limit processed foods…and I grate a carrot into many, many things lol.

  111. Tonya Says:

    I take my girls (twins, 8 yrs old) to the store and farmer’s market with me and let them pick out what fruits and veggies they want to eat and they get very excited about it! Then we go home and they help wash the produce and help with the cooking as well….getting them involved makes all the difference!

  112. Stephanie Hodges Says:

    Water intake is very important. I am a coffee drinker, my husband is a dr pepper drinker and well my daughter is sadly trying to become a combo of both (she is 1 and I dare not allow but a few sips once in a while!). So with those habits, water intake is a must to replinish what we need back. If not Head aches, fatique, weight gain, bloating and over all just sluggish occurs.

    clc_little_britches @ yahoo dot com

  113. Monique Rizzo Says:

    I get veggies into everything I can…shredded Carrots into meatloaf. Green peppers into scrambled eggs. Etc.. .also we go for a walk together as a family after dinner.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  114. s Says:

    I pack the kids water bottles every day so that is their main drink. I am not so good on the veggies, but most of our meals are “from scratch” so at least they aren’t getting extra chemicals and sodium. The kids are encouraged to ride bikes, scooters and play outside every day so they stay pretty healthy!

  115. Shelley Mitchell Says:

    We keeps lots of fruit in the house. The kids will actually eat the fruit as a snack before they go for any junk food. They are allowed 1 junk food item per day. Lots of times they don’t even eat the one because they love fruit!

  116. Amanda Says:

    Totally just serve up a heaping helping of veggies, and he loves fruit (and veggies) so I don’t have to sneak it in. I don’t really like the sneaking it in method, it really does not teach them to like the good stuff.

  117. joni Says:

    Granola bars work great with kids and also trail mixes.

  118. Angelina Says:

    I try to always serve a side of veggies with carbs and meat – and make sure my son eats it! I try, don’t always succeed, but gotta keep trying.

  119. Melinda Says:

    we do carrots and dip

  120. Joy Says:

    we include applesauce in lunch boxes, for little and big kids alike

  121. Blue Girl Says:

    we always use whole wheat breads and buns

  122. Linda Says:

    Never eat white bread, it’s a waste of calories. Instead we eat whole grain breads and buns

  123. Shopping Chic Says:

    Force your kids to try atleast 1 bite of everything, or they will never know if they like veggies. Re-do this every few months, to see if their tastes have changed

  124. nan lara Says:

    i definately sneak the fruit/veggie juices into my son, as well as substituting whole wheat flour when baking

    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  125. Henria O. Says:

    - Exercising with them in and outside the home
    - limiting candy consumption and not having soda in the home
    - eating square meals everyday that include fruits or veggies (My daughter loves most fruits and especially adores broccoli and green beans!)

    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  126. M.A. Says:

    No need to sneak: we garden and raise fresh fruit crops too.

  127. Bonny S. Says:

    Oh, got to have those fruits and vegetables every day!

  128. Susan C Says:

    I serve cut up veggies with ranch dip as a snack-everybody loves it!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  129. Jenni Carlisle Says:

    Eat your fruits and veggies! I get creative to make them more appealing to my little ones, but in reality they love fruits and veggies. I think introducing them to them when they were young helped a ton.

    Jenni Carlisle
    carlisleclanconversation@hotmail.com
    http://www.texascarlislefamily.blogspot.com

  130. Tabathia B Says:

    My kids took a 4-H class about healthy snacking and actually made healthy snacks that they loved like their own trail mix and ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisins) and we grow tomatoes in the backyard. So they love some veggies, but sometimes when it’s something they don’t like the taste I make them eat it while pointing out the healthy benefits because on my dad’s side we have a history of diabetes, etc. so they need to eat healthy
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  131. Tabathia B Says:

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  132. Cynthia R Says:

    Blend vegetables, like spinach and zucchini into the pasta. Don’t even notice it

  133. Cynthia R Says:

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  134. Cynthia R Says:

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  135. clistyb Says:

    This summer my kids have to earn the junk treats they eat. For example, if my 8 year old wants an Eskimo Pie treat, she has to ride her bike around the block ten times.
    If it’s late or the weather isn’t co-operating, then instead of a physical task, they have to eat one veggie and one fruit to earn the junk food. By the time those are eaten, they can barely eat half of the junk food.
    I kinda feel evil for doing that, but they’ve not questioned it yet.

  136. clistyb Says:

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  137. Simone Says:

    My son is only allowed juice 3 times a week and loves brocolli, so we eat that daily. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

  138. Carol G Says:

    I use a combination–always have fruit and veggies available for snacking, add various things to recipes, and generally try NOT to have sweets, chips, etc. in the house.

  139. JanPattersonRN Says:

    My sons are grown now, but when they were little, in the 70s, I made “Tomato Soup” from V-8 with fresh vegetables added; I made the brownies with 1/2 applesauce instead of sugar, and I ALWAYS had fresh fruit (often that we’d picked ourselves- we lived where there were a lot of being-abandoned orchards and roadside berry patches) on the table for snacks. I showed them how to clean and cook fresh vegetables from the fruit stand, and how to make their own bread. We had a ball, and my older son teaches these things to my grand-son now.
    anajana1[at]mac[dot]com

  140. JanPattersonRN Says:

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  141. Lorie Says:

    Life is tough, eat your veggies! ;D

  142. Rachel Says:

    Around here, veggies/fruits at meal time are the only non-negotiables: if fruit/veggie is on the plate, it must be eaten. I also sneak veggies into anything I can, from a can of V8 in soup, to petite diced tomatoes in tacos. Wherever I can get in a little extra, I get it in. Fruits/veggies always available for healthy snacks, too. :-)

  143. Amy L Says:

    I’ve always tried to keep my family healthy by educating myself about nutrition and wellness. I’m careful about buying and preparing food for my family.

  144. Kerry Says:

    I find ways to make the veggies a little more appealing to my kids, like putting cheese on them, or tucking them inside a casserole.

  145. Janine Says:

    I try my best to plan meals ahead of time. I find that I make healthier choices when I’m not blazing-hungry and willing to eat anything in site.

  146. Christina Says:

    I don’t buy the junk in the first place. It can stay at the grocery store.

  147. Stacy Says:

    I read labels and make sure to keep very limited sweet snacks in the house.

  148. Stacy Says:

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  149. Phyllis Says:

    I dislike vegetables intensely so I make it a point to drink vegetable juice daily; which oddly enough is absolutely delicious!

  150. Phyllis Says:

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  151. Jessie C. Says:

    Be creative in mixing veggies into meals, such as carrots into fruit smoothies and home made bread. Eventually kids starts to love the flavor and ask for more in my experience.

  152. Jessie C. Says:

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  154. Crystal Says:

    I like adding fresh herbs and spices to vegetable dishes. They add unique flavor and make the food a little different each time.

  155. Julie Says:

    My son is currently adverse to veggies, but he does have some other healthy favorites. I serve the healthy favorites often, and supplement or “sneak” in the other stuff when i can. It’s not worth the fight with a 4 year old, I figure he’ll decide he likes veggies eventually.

  156. Karen Gonyea Says:

    My son absolutely loves veggies – his fav is broccolli – I never let him eat too many sweets and so he’s used to pretty bland foods – and he’s 5 :) He also runs 1 mile with me 3 times a week :) He loves to run and it helps keep his energy levels in check :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

  157. Linda Stewart Says:

    Fortunately I don’t have any problem with getting the boys to eat healthy. Neither of them refuse anything I’ve offered and they both eat really well. Can I hope this continues or will there be a point when they realize what junk food is and will refuse the good stuff?

  158. Kelsey Kim Says:

    Eating helthy balanced meals, and lots of playing!

  159. Chelle Says:

    We drink 100% fruit juice, eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Oh–and lots of playing outdoors, too!

    leoandchelle at yahoo dot com

  160. Liz Says:

    I make sure my son gets plenty of rest each day and has play time to get out all his energy. The two compliment one another! Plus I make sure he gets his daily servings of fruits and veggies by mixing them in other stuff he likes so he cant tell hes eating them.

  161. ashley Says:

    i try to make all meals as healthy as possible.. meals made without added salt, with all nonfat products, lean meats and lots of veggies. even comfort food has finely chopped veggies added in to make it healthier

  162. Kelly Massman Says:

    Don’t have sugar in the house–it’s not good for you either!

  163. Becky Horn Says:

    I generally try to cook them into meals being my son doesnt like fruits or veggies.

    sweokgrl@gmail.com

  164. Susan C. Says:

    I try to keep not-so-healthy foods out of the house, so they aren’t a temptation.

  165. Annalisa Says:

    My daughter never drinks soda but she sure loves Juicy Juice. I can’t wait to try this on her.

  166. amie Says:

    We try to add veg or fruit to each meal. :)

  167. Betty N Says:

    My kids are grown but I try to provide healthy food for my grandkids (all 9 of them) when they are with me. One of the things my husband and I do is to eat a lot of fresh chicken fixed in a variety of ways including fresh ground chicken breasts made into burgers, sausage,meatloafs, etc I also keep healthy snacks and lots of fresh fruit for them..and us.

  168. Betty N Says:

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  169. Patricia Treskovich Says:

    sneak it in desserts

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  171. Heather Wallace Says:

    My kids love fruit so instead of sugary sweets as snacks I give them fruit when they get home from school.

  172. susitravl Says:

    We have dogs that we walk – great exercise. And we have lots of fruits and veggies for snacks and with our meals.

  173. barbara Says:

    With my antique/retro-loving daughter, getting her to eat healthy was as simple as the packaging. A healthy lunch packed in a vintage red plaid lunchbox, complete with original thermos made school lunchtime enjoyable. I paid pennies for the luchbox at a flea market.
    The same goes for home, my daughter ( VERY girly-girl) says she can pretty much eat anything if she can “eat beautifully”, with pretty china, crystal, silver, and cloth napkins. Once again, I scored the lovely utensils for next to nothing at flea markets, yard sales, etc.

  174. spifftiff88 Says:

    I make sure my daughter gets in milk and fruit everyday. She is really picky right now at age 2!

  175. Melissa Hodgen Says:

    Play tag and sneek spinach into smoothies.

  176. Deb Anderson Says:

    I’ve been adding wheat germ to just about everything I cook. No one has yet noticed they’re eating “healthy”. :)

  177. Deb Anderson Says:

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  178. amber Says:

    I *love* that you rounded up kids from the park to get an opinion, thats so fun. I like to add fruit, fruit juice, and veggie or veggie juice into a lot of recipes. I also like to add fruit to oatmeal and chopped veggies to spaghetti sauce!

  179. amber Says:

    I tweeted for an extra entry:http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/24402582740

  180. april yedinak Says:

    I am not a sneak the veggies type. I think that defeats the purpose of getting them to like them and eat them on their own. My daughter’s love fruit and veggies and salads. My son, not so much. He is 10. Everyone makes comments at dinner about the fact that I always, always put the veggies on his dinner plate (usually just a tablespoon worth, so as not to be overwhelming), even though he almost never touches them. I figure that he might eventually try some…well, one day this summer I was finally rewarded for 10 years effort. He actually tried italian style green beans and asked for 2nds and then 3rds. One veggie down, a gazillion to go!!

  181. Cassie Says:

    Sometimes, even for my husband, I need to “sneak” in veggies. SO, while making my sons babyfood, I froze it into icecube trays. Sometimes, I throw a few cubes of carrots, sweet potatoes, or other veggies into spagetti sauce, meatloaf, or soups. Gives a hidden extra serving of veggies :)

  182. Lynn Says:

    my 5yo is a VERY picky eater but I do try to make sure he eats healthy & stays away from too much sugar & empty calories
    he loves yogurt & his favorite flavor of juicy juice is strawberry kiwi

  183. Lynn Says:

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  184. stacy h Says:

    i’m totally a life is tough eat your veggies mom! just like my mom was! it does seem to make it easier though when i can exclaim, ‘we grew it in our garden!’ they think that is cool.

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

  185. Leah Says:

    We drink a lot of water…it fills them up and they don’t eat as much. We don’t buy a lot of snacks, if we are craving something sweet, we have to make it from scratch and then we ask ourselves, “do we want to work this hard to eat a sweet?” So we make it hard to eat unhealthy. The kids love veggies and fruit so we don’t have to hide it in foods…They won’t drink their veggies, but I do!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

  186. SUSAN REYNOLDS Says:

    I was raised on home-grown garden vegetables and fruits that we five girls worked rigourously! 10 gallons of unpasturized farm fresh milk a week, our own homemade butter from the raw milk…When I had my own children I followed my mother’s lead. Made my own babyfood and my two children grew up LOVING healthy foods and snacks. I still use a champion juicer for my veggies and fruits and a vitamix for making both fruit and vegetable smoothies, soups and grinding my own almond and peanut butter.
    Wheatgrass machine for our daily doses of wheatgrass ~ living healthy is a way of life my daughter plans on using for her children…this will be the fourth Italian generation of healthy family meals and snacks!

  187. sandra Says:

    i try to sneack in fruits and vegetables by buying the juices that now contain both

  188. Robin Says:

    I have juicy juice boxes on hand when I pick my girls up from daycare each day. They are always thirsty and it’s MUCH healthier than stopping at a convenience store for ‘bug juice’! ;-)

  189. Alison Says:

    I pack my childrens lunch as often as possible as their school lunches are not the greatest healthy balanced meals. I try to make sure they get in a good amount of whole grains, fruit and veggies, and dairy while eating food they like.

  190. Kathi N. Says:

    The clean-plate-club that I grew up with is banned.

    I can remember sitting for hours because I could not be excused until my plate was clean. Finally, my younger sister could not wait for me to play one minute more, so sneaked in to eat my remaining fish stick.

    The clean-plate-club benefits only the dish washer.

  191. Terrie J Says:

    I teach my kids about certain nutrients in foods and how their bodies use them to function properly.

  192. Lisa A Says:

    I try to have my kids drink lots of water and eat their fruits & vegetables. Thanks for the giveaway!

  193. Steven W Says:

    A variety of fruits and veggies.

  194. Debra F Says:

    My philosophy is that the most important thing to teach my kids is balance. We have dessert, just not every night. We can have some chips with lunch, but only once or twice a week. I think I’ve also instilled in them the knowledge that things that are natural, and homemade are not only a thousand times healthier than packaged and fast food, but also taste so much better. But a McDonald’s double cheeseburger and large fries, well, sometimes you just gotta have it!

  195. Jill L Says:

    I give them a good helping of “life’s tough, eat your veggies”

  196. karen t Says:

    I sneak veggies into other foods he likes because than I know he’ll eat them!

  197. Carol F Says:

    I have stopped buying bad for you snack food like chips and replaced them with healthy snacks like dried fruit now they are forced to eat heathier.

  198. Susan Smith Says:

    We keep healthy foods in the house like fruits and vegetables to encourage them to snack healthy and serve a variety of vegetables at meals.

  199. Susan Smith Says:

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  200. Sarah L Says:

    We always had a garden when I was growing up so we ate fresh in the summer and our jars of homemade veggies in the winter. I now freeze rather than can, but fresh from the garden still means the same. Thanks for the contest.

  201. Sarah L Says:

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  202. Sarah L Says:

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  203. Jeremy Says:

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    Spend more time outside! Don’t eat after 6 pm in the winter or 7 pm the rest of the year.

  204. marci p Says:

    my kids are big veggies, fruit eaters and drink a lot of water. We don’t have junk food in the house.

  205. Jeremy Says:

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  206. Christine Says:

    If you have a lot of good-for-you foods available instead of junk food, kids not only will be used to eating the good stuff, they’ll have developed life-long favorites.

  207. Cassandra Says:

    We lead by example–when eating nutritious foods and participating in physical activities are naturally incorporated into our lifestyle and daily routines, then it is much easier for the kids to emulate the same healthy decisions.

  208. Cassandra Says:

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  209. abitnerdy Says:

    I stock the kitchen with healthy delicious snacks. I pre-wash and slice fruits and leave them in the fridge so everyone can easily grab it. My culture really believes that water based soup with lots of veggies is really good for the body so I always make sure to have soup available. Also for sweet treats Apple Crisps, Banana’s with peanut butter.

  210. abitnerdy Says:

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity!

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  211. mama mia Says:

    I encourage healthy eating. We have talked about the benefits and even consider how we are fitting into the daily needs of any individual. My kids have been far from perfect, and of our six, three have been extremely picky. But by offering healthy choices, and teaching b example, each has matured at some point to recognize the importance of eating nutritiously. Any habits that can be instilled over time and then into adulthood are encouraging to me.

  212. Robin M. Says:

    I try to offer things that they say they don’t like in different ways hoping they will change their minds.

  213. B Smith Says:

    We have really worked hard to teach them the importance of drinking lots of water!!!

  214. Jennifer M Says:

    I’m blessed, my daughter loves vegetables, especially cooked greens of any kind!

  215. anne Says:

    Sneaky. Smoothies and purees in other things. There have been a few times when she has willingly eaten a naked veggie and she is often happy to gnaw on a freshly peeled carrot, but for the most part the veggies are snuck in. Fruits she will eat with abandon!
    The baby is easy as he will eat whatever mush I shove in…

  216. Carlie Says:

    I like to keep fruit and salad fixings in the house always. my girl likes most fruits and veggies, but the boy wont touch them with a 2 foot pole!

  217. flyingbird Says:

    We try lots of new foods, our rule is you don’t have to finish it if you don’t like it, but you take as many bites as you are years old. And whole wheat in everything–bread, pasta, even our pie crusts.

  218. Kendra Says:

    We get outside as much as possible. We use juice that has a combo of veggies and fruits. Veggies with a healthy dip made with low fat yogurt.

  219. Amber Says:

    My fam has been eating spaghetti full of carrot and zuchini puree for years …and they still don’t know!!

  220. patrick m Says:

    We are lucky that the kids are not big on junk food and actually prefer to eat healthy.

  221. Patricia Says:

    We offer cheese and crackers, fruit and fruit juice. We drink loads of water too.

  222. Sarah Says:

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  223. Holly C. Says:

    I sneak in soya into stirfrys and replace ground meat with a soya look alike product (yves) for tacos and chili shhh! they don’t know :)

  224. Holly C. Says:

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  225. Debbie C Says:

    I try to incorporate whole grains and home grown vegetables into almost every meal.

  226. Debbie C Says:

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  227. Claire Says:

    We eat a lot of veggies and stay active by playing at the park.

  228. Pamela Says:

    We eat fresh fruit every day!

  229. dorothy l Says:

    I make sure they get some sort of exercise on a daily basis

  230. One Scrappy Gal Says:

    I push the water. I make them drink water ALL the time. Sometimes I squeeze a lemon or orange wedge in it so I won’t have to hear them complain about how sick they are of water.

    I have them all in activities so they can exercise: gymnastics, tumbling tots, karate, swimming, horseback riding. We also do a lot of running and chasing each other. I find that if I’m red faced, sweating, and on the edge of a full blown heartattack… I feel like we really got a great workout.

    I always serve foods with lots of different color veggies and fruits. If I cut it up into cubes or in the shape of a french fry…they will eat it happily.

    We don’t have candy but I let them have cookies I bake or muffins I make. I also make spinach brownies. Sometimes I add ground flax seed to the batter to give it an extra nutritional punch. My husband’s side of the family has a lot of problems with obesity and I am trying hard to teach my kids to make good choices so that they can be healthy.

  231. Lady DragonKeeper Says:

    Supervising my younger siblings playing outside is a great way for me to help my mom make sure they get active and moving (and it uses up their energy so they’re worn out in the evening, LOL).

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  232. Cujo Says:

    We try to keep our sons healthy by encouraging them to eat nutritious foods. This is difficult as neither like veggies…so I sneak them in whenever I can. Happily, they love to run around and play.

  233. mickeyfan Says:

    My son was diagnosed with diabetes at age 4, so we had healthy things around all the time. He is the least picky person I’ve ever seen and still eats well.

  234. Daniel M Says:

    yep life’s tough eat them fruits & veggies

  235. Ravzie Says:

    I like the fruit and veggie blend drinks a lot!!

  236. rebecca Says:

    Water is the primary drink, and fruits are pushed for snacks.

  237. Tammy Darling Says:

    We planted a garden this year and have started eating more vegetables!

  238. Diane Baum Says:

    i have stopped buying pop and other junk food. Thank goodness, it seems to have lost some of it’s appeal to my family!

  239. MamaKat Says:

    We talk a lot about making good food choices in our home. We belong to a CSA, cook most of our meals at home, and buy natural and organic products whenever possible. My kids are all great eaters, so I must be doing something right.

  240. Lori A. Says:

    I present healthy food choices at every meal…if they’re hungry, they’ll eat. :)
    We also talk about healthy foods and why they’re a good choice. I try not to keep too much junk in the house.
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  241. PauleyD Says:

    We don’t serve soda in our home. We either serve juice or water. We don’t sneak veggies and fruit into their diets, we serve them with meals and limit fast food.

  242. PauleyD Says:

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  244. Ria Says:

    I add veggies to everything- rice and veggies are a colorful side dish, carrot muffins, smoothies with carrot juice and cucumber juice too
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  245. Ria Says:

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  246. Kathlean Owens Says:

    We eat veggies wrapped in tortillas, in rice, by themselves, sometimes covered in cheese or herbs!
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  247. LeAndrew Taylor Says:

    As a child, my Mom was always saying “An Apple a day, keeps the Doctor away”!

    So my wife and I make sure our daughters have healthy meals with lots of veggies and fresh fruit!

    We also take vitamins, drink lots of water and make sure ‘exercise’ is included in our daily routine!

  248. Kimberley W Says:

    I let my teenage daughter decide what kinds of snacks she wants, but it has to be within reason. I don’t mind the occasional pop-tart, so long as the majority of the time, she has yogurt, fruit, a bagel or some other healthier alternative. She’s done really well with this routine over the years.

    Many thanks!!

  249. Emily N. Says:

    I guide my family toward healthier sweets like dark chocolate or fruit.

  250. julieh Says:

    To teach the kids to be healthy I try to live by example: getting out and exercising, minimal tv, eating fruits and veggies, and drinking a lot of water.

  251. Kathy Scott Says:

    My boys play soccer to stay healthy

  252. Wendy Says:

    i try not to have too many unhealthy choices in the house to start with, then we are sure to have healthy foods before diving into the cookies!

  253. Pauline M Says:

    My mom never pushed the fruits and veggies, however, there were big bowls of them in my fridge. They are cut up, and ready to munch on. It’s easy and I do this for my kids as well. They will always pull this out for their snacks.

  254. valancia Says:

    Giving nuts and health bars in substitution for chips, nackos or candy bars

  255. Jeanine B. Says:

    We’re an active family and love several sports, hiking and walking. My kids are great eaters, too, and will eat just about any vegetable or fruit there is. For “insurance” we also take mulit-vitamins every night.

  256. Erin Walsh Says:

    We have a no junk food, until all the good food is eaten policy.

  257. Valeen N Says:

    Mom made sure there were fresh veggies at every mealwhile I was growing up. I’ve tried to do the same for my kids! Sometimes it’s a struggle, but for the most part, they love their veggies!

  258. Tesa S. Says:

    I try to cook things that my picky eater will enjoy, which are few and far between,but he does love spinach and greens, and a few other veggies. I try adding at least 1 veggie that he likes to our meals. tesashel225 (@) aol (.com)

  259. Angela C Says:

    I try to do everything in moderation. Sweets and snacks are ok, just not all the time! THANKS!

  260. Paula Hafner Says:

    I add pureed vegetables to a lot of our foods. I also serve plenty of fresh veggies and fruit. We cut the sugar and fat in recipes, too.

  261. Kerrie Mayans Says:

    I try to instill in them that you have to eat healthy to be healthy and then I help them choose healthy eating choices.

  262. Laura Says:

    We try to instill healthy eating choices by experimenting with different fruits and veggies, and encouraging our kids to try new things. Amazingly, our daughter now loves lima beans!

  263. Lisa G. Says:

    I try encourage healthy eating by always keeping fresh fruits and veggies around and always eating as many healthy homemade meals as we can.
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  264. Lisa G. Says:

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  265. Jill Myrick Says:

    I always have lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole wheat breads on hand. A variety is served with every meal and they are always available for snacking.
    We also take long walks as a family and enjoy Geocahing as well. So there is always time for long talks as well.

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  266. Jodi Says:

    I always keep fruit and veggies around for the kids to eat and enjoy.

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  267. Craig Johnson Says:

    grapes and water baby!!!

  268. Karine Traverse Says:

    I am lucky because my daughters prefer fruits and veggies for snacks. So many times when there is cake or something sweet in the fridge they still choose to grab a tomato or strawberries so I always make sure I keep them stocked in the fridge.

  269. njh Says:

    We try to eat fresh (much easier in the summer), watch how much processed we consume and limit the amount of junk food we keep in the house. I have found if we don’t buy it and don’t have it the pantry, eating healthier is much easier.

  270. Jennai Says:

    It’s not too big of a problem for me because my kids love fruits and veggies. I don’t have to sneak them into anything! I started them out from the beginning eating lots of fruits and veggies and juice, and they’ve kept it up willingly!
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  271. Joy Bennett Says:

    offer them lots of healthy food choices every day

  272. Geoff K Says:

    I try to do a combination of “hiding” (using fruit or veggie purees in their favorite meals or drinks) and “sprucing up” by adding some new and fun ingredients or spices to their fruits and veggies to make them crave them even more (a current favorite are curry spiced apples, which are pretty fantastic). Thanks!

  273. Geoff K Says:

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  274. thepricklypinecone Says:

    We are sure that 80% of meals are made from scratch so we know what goes into them. We also avoid fast food!

  275. tallcapp Says:

    Serve a lot of fruit and vegetables. Sooner or later they learn to love some of them.

  276. Trisha Dowling Says:

    my kids actually love veggies, but what i do is, when i buy lemonade we cut it in 3rds. so its has 3times less the sugar!! they have no idea!! and no sugar on the table ever!

  277. Betty C Says:

    My children are adults now but we always had fresh fruit for snacks instead of cookies or candy. They were also limited in the amount of time they could spend in front of the TV. Sometimes I wished they were a bit less active – lol

  278. April Says:

    When the available snacks are as tasty as the sweet nothings then they begin to love the healthy ones.

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  280. eunice b Says:

    We don’t have children yet, but variety is the key…there are so many veggies and ways to prepare them…even if it’s not a favorite, it’s good to at least eat some when it’s served.

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  281. Patricia Treskovich Says:

    like to have fresh fruits and veggies for snacks

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  283. Jeanette H. Says:

    My kids like to eat fruits and veggies so it’s pretty easy to get them to eat healthy…=)

  284. Crystal F Says:

    We’ve taken to giving our girls 100 calorie snacks. They can have the small bags of popcorn, healthy harvest bars, fiber bars and we do buy a few of the sweet 100 calorie snacks for them to enjoy too. My girls are now getting water flavored with Crystal Light or the off brand of it. We really are working on getting healthy food into them. Thank you!

  285. m.m. Says:

    i make sure they eat balanced meals.

  286. Charity Says:

    I just offer fruits/veggies with every meal & they eat it…it’s never been an issue here (luckily!)

  287. 216amyc Says:

    We are lucky, my stepdaughter actually loves veggies. You never have to ask her twice to eat vegetables or fruit. But, we do have to remind her about portion control.

  288. carol y l Says:

    I try to make them eat our organic salad every day and they don’t want much but I say PLEASE!!!!!!! Green beans my son takes 3! I have tried forever. The future wife may succeed where I have not.

  289. Joanne Schultz Says:

    We have fruits and veggies always available to encourage kids to snack on them between meals.
    And we do insist that kids try foods, but if they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat the rest of it.

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  291. AB Smith Says:

    my kids drink nothing but water – their choice! but much better than all the kool-aid I drank growing up!