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Kids Healthy Eating - 9 Tips

Updated on January 14, 2015

9 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

From the time I was a Kid Myself, my Gramma got me to eat some healthy foods. Raising my own children and now being a Grandma, I've learned more tips and tricks to help get your kids to eat healthier. My granddaughter will eat extremely healthy at our home and is proud of it and will even like to show off to her friends how healthy she eats. I will share with yo 9 Tips that have worked for me and I hope will help you to start your kids and other family members to a new and healthier life style.

One tip is to serve foods individually to babies so they will learn to acquire a taste but as you will see, you can also sneak healthy foods into your diet. My delicious Sneaky Spinach Strawberry Mango Smoothie Recipe is just another way to add more Spinach into our lives and to start our family eating healthier.

Today, I added raw carrots to my smoothie and the NutriBullet Blender amazingly ground them up effortlessly and totally smooth. I could not taste the spinach or the carrots. Personally, I like to have the kids involved in cooking and creating the healthy recipes. When they are part of creating it, they are more likely to try it with enthusiasm.

Healthy Vegetable and Fruit Smoothie Recipes below. You and your kids will love healthy fruit and veggie smoothie recipes. They will love helping you make them too. Frozen Fruit make it so easy to drink/eat smoothies all year long.

Have fun with trying your own variations on this recipes. I tried Broccoli in a smoothie once and didn't like it. The flavor of broccoli was just too strong.

Spinach Smoothie for Kids can taste really, really yummy because the fruit taste overpowers the spinach mild flavor. Add more and more very slowly. You can make a Sneaky Spinach Smoothie or let them add the spinach in very small amounts working your way up.

What veggies do you put into your Smoothies? See Healthy Smoothies Recipes Below too.

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See my Fun Challenge and Tasty Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Recipes for Kids and Adults

Even SUPER Fussy Eaters will often Try a Smoothie with Spinach

9 Easy Tips to Kids Eating Healthier

Sneaky Spinach Strawberry Mango Smoothie Recipe too.

Here is the Fun Challenge to get a REALLY fussy 4 year old (almost 5) update and fruit and veggie smoothie recipes for kids and you:

I had the pleasure of meeting my daughter's boyfriend (now soon to be husband) and his son a few weeks ago. Cute little 4 year boy, almost 5. He is possibly one of the fussiest eaters around. My daughter kept warning me how he won't even try healthy food. She has been trying to be a healthy influence on the two of them. I was told he will not eat food mixed together. My daughter said he will eat strawberries separately and drink pulp free orange juice, separately but will not eat them together. Well, I was challenged and I was determined.

As I was making the smoothie with the little guy, his dad kept shaking his head "No" that there was NO WAY he would drink this or even try the smoothie.

I not only was able to get him to try a strawberry smoothie but I was able to get him to put the spinach in and try it. The next day he asked me if we could make another smoothie. A couple of weeks passed by my daughter told me that the little boy asked her for a "Spinach Strawberry Smoothie" when they went to a smoothie restaurant. That was so exciting to me.

UPDATE on FUSSY CHILD

He just turned 6 years old. While on another visit, I took the spinach out to make a smoothie and he grabbed a few leaves of fresh spinach and shoved them in his mouth PROUDLY to show me how he is eating healthier now. He wants to become a STRONG athlete. My daughter has been slowly working on them to eat healthy. We did the Smoothie Spinach Challenge again. He put a little spinach in the smoothie. I had him taste a smoothie without spinach and a smoothie with spinach. He guessed wrong again. He could not tell which smoothie sample had the spinach in.

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SNEAKY SPINACH STRAWBERRY MANGO SMOOTHIE RECIPE - SMOOTHIES - The Great Way to Health, Energy, Lose Weight and to Stop Constipation by Little Linda Pinda

This Sneaky Spinach Strawberry Mango Smoothie Recipe could be the Start of a whole new Healthier life for you and your family. I can not detect the Spinach in this smoothie AT ALL. I have a really great tester tongue too for flavors. I am able to create really great recipes from restaurants because I am able to detect various ingredients and then recreate the recipe at home and my family loves it. My husband was the very first to taste this he he couldn't taste the spinach either. Wow. To get your children to start eating FRESH SPINACH and love it. Next they will be dipping the Spinach Leaves in my Honey Flax Seed Recipe too. Let them help you make the dressing too.

Why are Smoothies so very good for us. Health expert recommend that we eat 9 to 10 servings of Fruits and Vegetables per day. Remember when the Government used to recommend 4 to 5 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables per day. Do most people even eat that.

Smoothies are a Fantastic way to Easily get 2 to 3 servings or Fruit and now with my Newest Smoothie Recipes, you can even get some Deep Green Vegetables in your Smoothie without even tasting it. REALLY. It is soooooo Good.

Smoothies are one of my personal Top Favorite ways to Stop Constipation because they are FAST, EASY and Easy to Eat/Dring on the Run. When I eat Fruit, it seems to ward off Constipation better than even Vegetables, for me, but I do definitely recommend eating vegetables. You Veggies for your general health and to stop constipation. Vegetables are a great source for energy too.

I also like Smoothies because you can HIDE so many Healthy ingredients. I often used Green Powder with Chlorophyll which helps with Energy and Feeling better but they often make my Smoothies taste yucky. I am about to try a new product that I will tell you about after I tested it for you. It sounds really exciting. I will announce it soon.

Healthy Vegetable and Fruit Smoothie Recipes

9 Tips to Kids Eating Heatlhier. Lets Start out a Fun Way by Making a Smoothie. Leave out the Spinach at First or just add 1 Spinach Leaf.

1. Let them Choose the Ingredients (along with your consultation of course)

2. Make it together. Let them dump the ingredients into the Blender.

3. Have a Smoothie Party - Invite a couple of their Friends to make it with them. Have FUN!!!

4. Talk about Smoothies as a Treat, like going out for Ice Cream. (That is how I think about it. Sometimes if I have an Ice Cream craving I will make a Smoothie instead)

5. After they LOVE Smoothies, then start experimenting by SLOWLY adding in some hidden Healthy Ingredients. They will Slowly acquire a taste and not even realize you are adding those ingredients such as Flax seed, Spinach, Fiber, Protein or Green Powders.

6. When you first put in the Healthy ingredients, use small amounts without the children seeing. Let them taste. Get them pumped up about being PROUD to be eating healthy. Then make it fun to put a tiny bit of Spinach or fiber in the smoothies and work you way up. Have them brag to their friends on the healthy smoothies they make and eat.

7. Put toppings they like on veggies. I started eating Broccoli and Cauliflower with Cheese sauce. Eventually I loved it plain.

8. Most IMPORTANT - Make sure they are really Hungry when you are giving them something they will not necessary like.

9. Let them see you Drinking this Smoothie as a Special Treat for you. Maybe if they are lucky you will let them "TASTE"

SNEAKY SPINACH STRAWBERRY MANGO SMOOTHIE Leave out the Spinach and Fiber at First

Blend these Ingredients in a Blender or Magic Bullet Blender:

1 3/4 Cup Strawberries slighty thawed in Microwave for 50 Seconds

1 Spinach Leaf up to 1 Cup FRESH Spinach Leaves (start out really small to begin with, even one leaf to start excepting the spinach)

1/4 Piece of Ripe Banana

1/4 Cup Crushed Ice if Desired

1 tsp Lemon Juice from Concentrate or 1 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice and pulp

1/2 Scoop Juice Plus Complete Whole Foods Shake Mix.

SUPER Delicious and Healthy Juice Plus Complete

6 ounces Brazil Gourmet Mango Juice Brazil Gourmet Mango Nectar case of 6/10oz Bottles

- I like Brazil Gourmet 100% Juice- Powerful flavor helps cover-up flavor healthy additions.

Optional

1/2 tsp Fiber work up to 1 TBS eventually, less for children

1/2 tsp Flax Seed, work up to 2 TBS, less for children

Blend in the Blender or Magic Bullet until Smooth

Especially just to start, I highly recommend this Mango Juice because the Flavor is so powerful that it is really easy to hide the Spinach and Flax Seed in. It is 100% Juice too. Below is a link for the Handy 15 little 11.16 ounce to go Cartons. Easy to toss into lunch bag or take in the car. You can also buy it larger and smaller container sizes.

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Sneaky Spinach Strawberry Mango Smoothie
Sneaky Spinach Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Juice Plus Complete Smoothie Mix helps create GREAT Smoothies

Cook Time

Prep Time: 3 Minutes

Total Time: 3 - 5 Minutes

Serves: 1 - Adult or 2-3 Children

Ingredients

  • 1 Spinach Leaf up to 1 Cup Fresh Spinach Leaves (start out small & work up to more)
  • 1/4 of Ripe Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp Lemon Juice from Concentrate or 1 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 6 ounces Mango Juice (I like the Bazil Gourmet Mango Nectar for it's strong flavor)
  • 1 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Frozen Strawberrie - Slightly thawed if you are using a Magic Bullet.
  • Optional: 1/ 2 tsp Fiber (work up to 1 TBS eventually for adults) Do Not Add Fiber when using Juice Plus Complete Shake Mix
  • Optional: 1/ 2 tsp Flax Seed (work up to 1 TBS eventually for adults)
  • 1/2 to 1 Scoop Juice Plus Complete Shake Mix (NO need to add extra fiber when using this)

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a Blender or Magic Bullet until smooth. When using the Vitamix Blender there is no need to thaw the fruit or crush the ice because the Vitamix Blender is so powerful.
  2. Juice Plus Complete Shake Mix my FAVORITE Smoothie Mix. See the Ingredients
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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Vegetable. That is a must have ingredients :)

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      If I had one, I might have even been able to spell "spinach" right! LOL SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I would probably like one! I should try this ~ It's probably great, even with spincach! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'd be happy to sneak some spinach into a smoothie. What a great idea!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: I am so happy your granddaughter likes my smoothie recipe. Thank you so much for letting me know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My oldest granddaughter is picker eater, won't touch spinach.

      Guess what, ... she loves your smooth recipe. ~ Yey! :)

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I love smoothies and I would definitely try this!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Smart tips for getting children to eat healthy.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I think a big part of healthy eating is making sure the right alternatives are available. The junky snack food is more convenient, but if good stuff is there it will win-out many times.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I like fruit smoothies, they taste delicious and are healthy too. They're one of the best ways for children to get the nutrition they need.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Great tips for getting kids to eat healthier. I love fruit smoothies myself, never had one with veggies. wonderful lens.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      I enjoy homemade smoothies. They are tasty and nutritious. Excellent lens.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      I enjoy homemade smoothies. They are tasty and nutritious. Excellent lens.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Nice tips for healthy eating!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I like making them, well let me rephrase that. I like having them made for me on a regular basis. Good suggestions, especially #8, very smart.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      My kids love smoothies. I make them with fruit and yogurt; I haven't tried putting veggies into them yet.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I like your nine tips. Very informative lens.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Smoothies are relatively new option but way healthier than fruit juices. Thumbs up!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Smoothies are relatively new option but way healthier than fruit juices. Thumbs up!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Smoothies are a regular part of my life. I do pack them with tons of nutrition and it is so easy to make varieties. Definitely not just for kids but I thought this is an easy way to start getting kids to see veggies are good too. I have some nephews and nieces that won't eat vegetables. My kids had to eat at least a small amount and now they love veggies and healthy food.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Smoothies are a great way to pack tons of nutrition into the diet. Thank you for the recipes.

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I think smoothies are a great way to get everyone and not just kids on their way to eating and loving something healthy.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @Millionairemomma: Thank sounds really yummy and healthy. Coconut milk is so good for you.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I love smoothies. We drink spinach with coconut milk, grapes, banana and an orange mixed together.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @BestRatedStuff: I raised my kids to at eat a few bites of vegetables they didn't like. This way they acquired a taste for them and eat healthy now as adults and love the veggies they used to dislike. I am always so happy to hear from people whose kids do love vegetables.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This sounds so good! I am going to try to make some soon. Thank you for the great idea. What a good lens!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      They are food, but am sure glad my kids like their veggies whole.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Sounding good!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @Rangoon House: Wow, how nice of you. All of these nice comments are so encouraging. Thank you.

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      HenkWillemse 5 years ago

      Great smoothie recipes, I'll be sure to try some.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      You deserve the biggest blessings in the world for such a healthy child-friendly smoothie!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      How sneaky! Great ideas here. I tried one recently and loved it. I did have little spinach bits on my teeth though! I must have been to agreeable a child, because I ate everything put on my plate-spinach, broccoli, kale, asparagus.

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      Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

      Nice tips! :]

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much. Trying them out on kids is so much fun too. It really works.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are wonderful ideas! You've definitely nailed both the nutrition and the psychology aspects.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Slipping some green veggies or powder into it is perfect, even better if you can tell them what your adding, some may refuse just cause they know it's got green stuff in it. Eventually they need to know :). I need to try your recipe and get some green veggie powder. Love it.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in to sprinkle some angel dust on this lens here!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Just beginning to make my own smoothies - thanks for the great sounding recipes! :>)

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Graceonline, thank you for sharing the recipe module. I am just recently discovering more module but did not see the recipe module yet. I appreciate it.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      We have just been trying green smoothies in the last couple of months and loving them. So glad to find these recipes! Do you know about Squidoo's recipe module? You might enjoy giving it a try. It can really help your recipes stand out.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      That is great to get all 5 kids eating healthy.

      I have more smoothies recipes at:

      http://LittleLindaPinda.com and

      http://StopConstipation.Net

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      hippiechicjewelz 5 years ago

      My kids drink Kombucha Tea and Kefir Grain smoothies, the benefits of healthy eating are so important! I know if I can get all 5 of my kids to eat healthy anyone can! lol! This is a delightfully delicious lens full of nutritious information, I may have to come back for seconds and share with my friends!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy advice for healthy kids, they are growing and need to eat well!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I just made a simpler version with the possibly the world's fussiest little boy and his dad kept saying he will never try it because he won't eat combinations of any food. He not only tried it, he asked for it the next morning.

      Thank you for visiting my lense.

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Great ideas, it's amazing what goodness a smoothie can hide. They are such a good way to introduce kids to healthy eating. Nice lens.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing some healthy recipes!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Yummy recipe! This would go great along with my vegetable smoothies. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great..!

      thanks for sharing..

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Nice information!

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      Little Linda Pinda 6 years ago from Florida

      I will also add that it is really important to serve healthy foods individually so the children, or even us, will develop a taste for it. Mixing in the spinach is just an extra way to get nutrition. Thank you so much for the comments.

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      lychic 6 years ago

      mix the food together and blend is a good idea so they don't know what's inside! lol

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Awesome advice!