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on January 8, 2013

Empowering your kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices takes a little bit of creative thought.

** WHAT ARE THEIR ” HOT” BUTTONS?

This means what are the things that peaks your kids’ interest right now:

Ideas are:

superheroes2Being a Superhero, Princess, Ninja Warrior, Best Athlete, Fastest runner, better studentdisneyprincess

Using the particular things they aspire to be will help you entice and ultimately empower them to choose healthier options for themselves.

These tips work best for ages 2-8.

These are the most malleable years and your window of opportunity to shape their taste buds and lay a healthy foundation.

Here is what you do:

Let’s use the example of green food like kale or spinach.

These are intimidating for kids and really turn them off.

(There are specific reasons for this: click HERE to find out WHY and get more tips when you JOIN the CHARGE)

When you are at the store, farmers market, garden and/or home, have them come check out the green stuff.

Ask them a question:

Do you know what I found out today?vegetable-stand

Superman has a giant garden and stocks up his fridge with tons of this stuff!

Usually the kids want to know “WHY?” (it’s their favorite word)  :)- use it to your advantage!

You will tell them that is where they get their super powers from.

It’s what makes them super strong.

Let them know that the superheros are very clever with how they include it in their diet to taste amazing!

Ask them, “Do you want to see one of the clever ways they include it?”

This is where you break our one of your mom empowered recipes, which you will slyly already have ready to show them.

nachokaleshipsWho doesn’t love delicious crispy chips? This Nacho Cheesy Kale RECIPE is a perfect thing to make with them and begin showing them the clever tricks of superheros.

Nacho Kale Chips

By Chef Raya Belna

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch curly kale, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 c cashews, soaked 8 hrs
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T  lemon juice
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ]optional 1 jalapeno

Directions:

  • Water to blend
  • Combine all ingredients, except kale, in vita mix.
  • Adding water as  needed, blend until smooth.
  • Adjust flavors if necessary.
  • Toss kale  with mixture until well coated.
  • Dehydrate on mesh screen at 110 degrees for 12-16 hours or until crispy.

Oven option:

Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet at 300 degrees for
20 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t burn.

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Ask them, “Also, have you ever seen a super hero sick?”

nobugsThat’s because they eat so much green food, it kills any bugs that come to attack and make them sick.”charlaprincess

You can work the same kind of angle for “princess wanna be’s”.

Share with them they eat so much green stuff because they want their hair to grow thick, shiny and strong.

They need a lot of energy for all their dancing and playing with others in the kingdom.

Use this line of thinking to continue inspiring your kids about the TRUTH of eating green ( or any other healthy food you struggle to get them to eat).

paper_kidsEach of the things are true and are what will help them be their human version of superhero, princess, and perform their personal best!!

For more inspiration and support on how you can empower your kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices, JOIN THE CHARGE HERE and the community of moms who are ” Changing the SHAPE of our future”

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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