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Creative and fun ways to get your kids to eat healthy this summer (with recipes)

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Summer is here! As an uber super-mom days are filled with tight schedules of swim lessons, park visits, pool time, zoo trips, friends’ parties, camp visits and everything else in between. In all the glorious craziness of being a mom comes one crucial aspect that we sometimes tend to put on the back burner –healthy, delicious, and nutritious meals. But let’s get real here – who really has time to do everything?

As a Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market it’s my personal mission to create fun and innovative ways to overcome barriers to healthy eating. Eating the healthiest foods in the right proportions will produce a happy, energetic, and vibrant life. But you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen or necessarily have to give up all your favorite foods to be healthy. By following the 4 Pillars of Health Starts Here(R), anyone can master the art of sound nutrition. Here are some easy-to-incorporate ways to get a lot of nutrition in a fun, delicious, and most importantly, convenient package.

  • Green Smoothies! – This is by far one of the greatest healthy eating tools you can incorporate into your routine. The great thing about smoothies is that they’re portable.If you don’t have time to sit down and savor your breakfast, blend your breakfast and drink it in the car! When building my smoothie I always add 90% veggies and 10% fruits. A little sweetness goes a long way. ½ a frozen banana or 2 dates are a perfect addition to a tasty morning blend. Try our Get Your Greens Smoothie to get started!slushies
  • Get the kids involved – Studies show that involving kids in the cooking process is one of the best ways to get them interested in healthier foods. Have them pick out the berries they want in their smoothie or allow them to assemble a smiley face using fruit on their pancakes. Try making Grape Slushies with your kids for a refreshing afternoon treat!
  • Meal planning – Investing in a few handy containers and filling them with a few days of food can be an incredible time-saver. Pick one day out of the week and prep your family’s favorite foods and assemble in the containers as a ready-to-go lunch or snack. Check out some more of my favorite meal-planning tips!
  • Don’t Deprive! Add more in! – If you and your kids have a chicken and cheese burrito every day for lunch, keep eating it! But next time you eat, think about what you can add to that burrito that could enhance its nutritional value. Try adding bell pepper, spinach, cilantro, avocado, and some lime juice and all of a sudden you have a deliciously nutritious lunch without sacrificing your favorite food!

Try choosing one of these tips to incorporate into your family’s routine this week! Small steps produce BIG results; and with a little creativity, organization, and fun, healthy eating will soon be second nature to your family…all while keeping your super-mom status!

Guest blogger Julie Magnussen’s currently works as a Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market Cherry Creek. Julie thrives on challenging herself to create deliciously nutritious recipes focusing on plant-based ingredients that nourish the body and deliver clean energy. She holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Health Studies and is pursuing a Holistic Health Coaching certificate to empower individuals to find their own health through food.


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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson June 19, 2013

    Very timely! Just this week I realized how poorly my kids have been eating since summer let out–it’s easy to just grab and go.

  • comment avatar Lana June 19, 2013

    Ohhh, those grab slushies look good!

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