The secret to raising healthy eaters: lying and cheating

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This brightly colored and appealing drink is fun and healthy.  Ask kids to help you make colored ice cubes.
 Then, pop cubes in a glass of still or sparkling water.  Serve with fruit or cheese for an after school snack.


It's all about presentation.  You know what I mean: a job interview requires a power suit, a first date requires a sexy yet conservative dress, and a young child's meal requires a few label switches or white lies.

Some might call my methods to encourage healthy eating deceitful.  Some might call me a cheater.  Of course both statements are true, but I like to think that any young mother with the lofty goal of raising children who relish a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats would employ the same tricks if they were in my shoes.  Perhaps you have.  I'm talking about switching labels on peanut butter, mixing yogurts and transferring them to "approved" tubs, telling my children that their lamb is indeed steak and their trout is the same white fish they ate with abandon last week, as well as vigorously explaining that yes, those brussel sprouts were their favorite food at age 2 and they will absolutely devour them tonight because they love them so much.

You know what I can say about these dirty tricks?  They work, and they don't go on forever.  Eventually, as your children develop a taste for healthy food, you can stop switching labels and start calling things by their real names.  Cajoling stops becoming necessary.  My children are now 4 and 6, and though not perfect, their diet is quite extensive.  Case in point: I no longer have to alert my in-laws about what they will and won't eat when we visit, because they enjoy the same foods the adults do.

So, dear friends, don't feel guilty about using deceit to encourage healthy eating.  Do what you have to and keep with it. You will be rewarded, and your kids will thank you for it in the long run.

What are your deceitful tricks to get your kids to eat healthy foods?  Please share so we can all learn from them.


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