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Getting Essential Nutrients You Need, but May Be Lacking

It Worked for Me!



  • I put different veggies into the food processor, then add to the meatloaf mix. No one ever knows a thing!!


  • My 2-year-old son refuses to touch veggies, so I mix baby food veggies into smoothies, shred veggies into spaghetti sauce, and buy the veggie-fruit drinks (V8 Splash, Naked Monster Juice, etc). Sometimes he'll eat frozen veggies. He loves frozen peas.


  • I put the following ingredients into small bowls. My son loves putting them into a whole- wheat tortilla for dinner! Cooked ground turkey seasoned with taco/fajita seasoning, shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, sour cream, sometimes avocado, fresh salsa.


  • Some kids hate milk, but with Connor it was hard for him to consume enough milk. He would drink about a cup a day. We gave him his milk in a cup with a straw. He loved to watch it go through the straw and into his mouth. Worked out great.


  • My kids love yogurt, so I use it with everything. For an afternoon snack, I'll mix up some walnuts with plain vanilla yogurt, then let them dip cut-up apples. It's their favorite treat. To get them to eat veggies, I have to use a dip of some sort - and thankfully, they love salsa!


  • DD has never had a problem eating, but we like to do fun things. We stick broccoli in mashed potatoes for "trees," or make "faces" on pizza, cookies, and pancakes (using fruit or veggies). Celery with peanut butter builds a house.


  • I make crazy, fruity pancakes. I make regular whole-wheat pancake batter and then mix in applesauce and whatever fruit I have on hand, usually bananas and strawberries. My kids love these and so do I!


  • I spread peanut butter on a tortilla, then top with sliced strawberries and whole blueberries. I cut it into 4 pieces with a pizza cutter and my kids love it. Sometimes I make it with bananas and slivered almonds.


  • My kids love cottage cheese. From the beginning, I have diced up red, orange, or yellow bell peppers and mixed them in. They now love peppers.


  • I use graham crackers and strawberry yogurt to make sandwich crèmes. Wrap in plastic and freeze them for a nice cold treat. You can use low-fat grahams and/or low-fat yogurt, or just plain vanilla yogurt. I also use the chocolate grahams and cool whip (low-fat), to create a chocolaty version of these sandwich treats.
  • Ranch dip. My youngest LOVES to dip everything in ranch dip. I can usually get her to eat some healthy things this way. If she can dip it, she'll usually eat it.

Essential Nutrients: You've Got the Idea!

"These are all great ideas," Zelman tells WebMD. "You've got to make nutrition work for you. You've got to make healthy food creative, tasty, fun."

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