How can you improve your kids’ nutrition?
And possibly get paid for trying?

by Jennifer Donovan

My kids have been in school for a month now, and already I’m falling into a rut with lunchtime. How about you?

Veggie-Critter-SnacksIf I don’t take advantage of lunchtime as an opportunity to get in some fruits and veggies, I’m even further behind the goals for the day, so I do try.

Check out these adorable ideas from Love Your Veggies. You can find the recipes for the Veggie Critter Snacks and Kangaroo Pouches pictured here, as well as several other creative ideas.

Kangaroo-PouchesI had the opportunity to talk with nutritionist Jodie Shield about kids’ nutrition. She was SO encouraging. The podcast is less than thirty minutes, so I hope that you’ll take the time to download it (right from here or subscribe at itunes), or take a quick listen right now.

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Listen in if you have wondered

  • Why don’t kids eat veggies?
  • How can we expand our kids’ palates?
  • What should we avoid in our efforts to get our kids to eat more veggies?
  • What are some tips and tricks for getting more veggies into our diets?

The website that she mentioned in our interview that has lots of great veggie ideas is Veggie Monthly. Check it out if you need to be inspired.

And didn’t I mention that you could get paid for trying to help kids have better nutrition?

Yep–The Hidden Valley Ranch Love Your Veggies Grant Program is open now. $10,000 in funds are available to grant winners who want to help improve fruit and veggie offerings in their local elementary school. Just check out the Grant Information page, and submit your application by November 6.

Want something quicker and easier? One twitter user will be awarded a $10,000 grant. Be sure to see how you can earn extra points as well. Describe your project in 140 characters or less in a twitter contest @HVRanch. This contest ends October 2, so check out the official rules, and let @HVRanch know why your local elementary school deserves a Love Your Veggies grant.

What are your best tips for getting kids to eat fruits and veggies? Please share!

Written by contributing editor Jennifer Donovan, who also manages 5 Minutes for Books and blogs at Snapshot



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Susie's Homemade September 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

Those are some GREAT ideas!!

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2 Marie September 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

Great topic. I used it as a jumping off post for my own blog about eating/feeding. You can check it out at http://allaccesspasstojack.blogspot.com/2009/09/all-about-eating.html. I’d love any tips you can share!

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4 Casual Friday Every Day September 25, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Very very good interview. And thank you for sharing this website. I’d never heard of it before, but have it bookmarked! Probably one of the most valuable websites online for parents… I’m so sick of big food business trying to shove unhealthy CRUD down our throats and telling us it’s healthy… this site REALLY is giving ONLY healthy advice! Thank you.

Nell

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5 Sytropin HGH Review September 30, 2009 at 4:09 am

Thanks for this information, this is really helpful for the parents.

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6 ERNEST February 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

Improving kids nutritional values in diet is very important as it helps the child to be rarely treated of simple diseases that make toxic levels of the body high.
For example a child who eats alot of vegetales and fruits rarely gats sick

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7 ERNEST February 10, 2010 at 2:29 am

Our kids nutrition can also be improved by giving them cusines( dits) from diffrent countries.
We can give the African cuisine, Asian, English on a weekly or monthly basis so that nutrients of varity can be achived

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