Breakfast: tips on how to overcome common breakfast barriers

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Most parents know that breakfast is important, yet some children are leaving for school hungry. New research from Nutella reveals statistics on the breakfast attitudes and habits of Canadian families and opportunities for how to get more breakfast on Canadian tables:

Fact: More than a quarter of Canadian Moms (26.3%) agree that they are too rushed to prepare breakfast for their children weekday mornings before school.

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Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat their Veggies

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We don’t really need the government harping on about five a day to recognise that a healthy diet should include plenty of fruit and veg. Some kids may be ok about eating fruit but can be a real nuisance when you want them to eat their vegetables.

If you want your children to eat a healthy and balanced diet then in many cases, you need to get in touch with your creative streak. Below are just a few ways you might want to try to get your kids to eat their veggies.

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Sesame Street

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Picky Eaters – Part 3

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This is the 3rd time I have titled an article using the word “picky”. The facts are there to support it, though. Many of our children are picky eaters. (not at all like Grandpa Richard, who eats practically anything, except spicy stuff!)

I also wrote about using smoothies to get some fresh fruit and vegetables into your children. It is true that most children don’t like to eat vegetables especially. How can parents get them to eat the food that is so good for them? Here are some additional ideas:

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Kids Love Smoothies

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My granddaughter Jasmine told me the other day that she really likes the milkshakes that her mom makes. I was curious and decided to see what these milkshakes are all about. It turns out that what we are really talking about are fruit smoothies.

That brought up a really important question. Do you know how nutritious a fruit smoothie can be?

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Preschoolers who will not eat

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We have all seen them. Children who will not try new foods. We make sure that we have the same foods on our plates, and we make sure that we are seen to enjoy them, but our children just cannot be convinced.

What is a parent to do? Experts suggest continuing to try. It can take up to 10 attempts before a child tries a new food. Here are some ideas.

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Picky Eaters

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Is your child a picky eater? Forcing them to eat the foods you choose for them is not the best solution. You need to decide what foods are available at meal times. Your child decides which of these foods they eat. Your child may be going through a phase. Their desired choice for every meal may be a peanut butter sandwich. Don’t be concerned. If you provide a variety of foods, they will eventually come around.

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Kids not eating enough? Start a food log

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As long as I can remember I have have been eating whatever was put in front of me. My mom still thought I didn’t eat enough. So she started to buy special pies with high calorie counts. Perhaps you’re watching your child eat and wondering if they’re getting enough; enough food, enough nutrition. One way to doublecheck this is to start a food log to check their eating habits.

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Picky Eaters

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“Mommy. What is this?”, your son questions as he pushes the food around on his plate.

“Mom. This stuff is yucky!”, your daughter proclaims, yet you know she has not even tried it.

The battle over the food plates of the world continues, generation after generation, parents against picky eaters. Are you irritated when your son constantly picks things out of his plate like they were the most disgusting things he had ever seen on earth? Vegetables are usually the unfortunate targets. However, picky eaters are definitely not picky about the battles they fight.

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