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Miss P: “Mommy can I have a banana?”  Me: “No honey it’s almost dinner time and I want you to eat your dinner.  Miss P: “I promise I’ll eat my dinner but I just want a banana now.” Me: “Okay a half of banana now and dinner in a half hour.  What do you want for dinner?” Miss P: “Nothing I’m not hungry.”

Miss P: “Mommy my tummy hurts.” Me: “Does your tummy hurt because you had treats today?” Miss P: “No my tummy hurts because I ate healthy food today.” Me: “Healthy food doesn’t usually hurt your tummy you know that.” Miss P: “It doesn’t usually but today it did.  I think I need a treat to make my tummy feel better.”

Me: “Do you want raspberries with your breakfast babe?” Miss P: “Yes! I want raspberries!” Me: “Ok, raspberries coming RIGHT up!” Miss P: “But I don’t like the seeds in raspberries, so can I have blueberries?” Me: “Sure. Blueberries. Comin RIGHT UP.” Miss P: “No Mommy I don’t want blueberries can I have an apple?” Me: “Ok. An apple. Coming. Right. Up.” Miss P: “Mommy.  Apples hurt my teeth.  Can I have crackers please?”

Me: “I’m so happy you ate salad last night you are such a big girl now.” Miss P: “Yes I did because 4 year old’s eat salad right?” Me: “Yes they sure do.” Miss P: “Can I have salad in my lunch today?” Me: “Sure!” (home from school) “How was your salad, Love?” Miss P: “I didn’t eat it because it had white stuff on it.” Me: “Hmm. White stuff? Show me……Oh you mean the middle part where the leaf comes out of?” Miss P: “Yes. That stuff.  My other salad didn’t have white stuff on it. I don’t like this salad.”

Does any of this sound familiar to you? I stress the importance of healthy eating every day. We grow healthy vegetables in a garden.  We talk about having balance in our meals.  We even read books about it.  Sometimes I feel like I beat the topic to death and wonder if I put too much emphasis on it.  Sometimes I give in and feel defeated.  But I’m ALWAYS looking for creative ways to get her interested and engaged in healthy food options.

When PediaSure Sidekicks reached out about helping to introduce a new product that offers kids a quick, easy, and delicious way to get nutrients I thought my house was bugged.  How did they know?  Apparently it’s a common issue.  93 percent (93 PERCENT!) of kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 60% don’t eat enough fruit.  The SideKicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix is supposed to help fill the gap.  I’m waiting to receive the product and can’t wait to get creative with the mix – apparently you can even put it in a Peanut Butter Sandwich!? Stay tuned for more tips and tricks…

-MIM-
Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Shot 2

This is a sponsored post.  The opinions and ideas are the author’s own.

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