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How to Trick Your Family into Eating Healthy

Sneak some healthy goodness into your family's everyday diet with these tips.


  • Step 1: Make eating a game Make a game of eating healthy. Hold green bean eating contests that incite competitive kiddies to beat their parents in a competition.
  • Step 2: Design fun foods Design plates of veggies and fruits as rainbows or goofy characters that they will eat without thinking about what they're doing.
  • TIP: Keep only healthy snacks around so their options are limited to good choices.
  • Step 3: Make smoothies Hide the healthy ingredients in flavorful concoctions, like fruity smoothies and milkshakes. They'll get nutrients including calcium -- it's a win-win.
  • Step 4: Blend veggies Blend veggies in a tasty tomato sauce so that they never guess they're getting a healthy variety of goodies. Try the same strategy with homemade soups.
  • Step 5: Trick them with pizza Trick them into eating healthy pizza by preparing it yourself: add veggies and lean protein, reduce the amount of cheese you sprinkle on top.
  • Step 6: Turn the tables Turn the tables and make pizza the side dish to a main course of salad. Make the crust out of eggplant if you're really adventurous.
  • Step 7: Bake healthy Bake zucchini into cakes and muffins, and substitute some of the butter or shortening with applesauce. Your family will get healthier without them even realizing it.
  • FACT: Nearly 1 in 5 American children between 6 and 19 years of age is overweight.

You Will Need

  • Contests
  • Designs
  • Smoothies and shakes
  • Sauces and soups
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Cakes and muffins
  • Healthy snacks (optional)

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