Healthy Travel Snacks for Toddlers: Airplanes

Healthy Travel Snacks for Toddlers

The boys and I on the planeTraveling with toddlers can be stressful under the best of conditions.  You don’t need to add worrying about food to your to-do list.  And yet, you cannot travel with your toddler(s) without some fuel for their energetic and growing bodies and minds!  Never fear, here are some ideas for healthy travel snacks for toddlers that you can easily grab and go!

My Story

Akiva at the Airport

Akiva is 3 years old now, which is 36 months, and he has already been on 48 flights. He’s been on road trips and traveled on cars, buses, boats, and bicycles.  He’s been in taxis, on ferries, and on vans and of course has traveled on foot and in a carrier.  He’s pretty well-traveled.

Akiva is also an eater.  He’s about average when it comes to food – he is neither a child without limits (I know some of those) nor is he a picky eater for whom one mouthful is a meal (I know some of those, too).  This makes him very good for experimenting on.  My child, my (healthy travel snack) guinea pig. 🙂

Kids Need Healthy Travel Snacks

Homemade healthy cookies are our favorite airplane travel snack

Homemade healthy cookies are our favorite airplane travel snack

As adults, most of us do not snack much during the day.  Our bodies simply do not require a constant stream of fuel to keep us going.  (Of course because I am writing about snacks, now I want one!)  But children have smaller stomachs and have a lot of energy, which uses up their fuel more quickly.  They need snacks to get them through the day.

Kids are also growing and learning constantly.  Every situation is an opportunity to learn.  Going through the airport scanner is an adventure.  Riding on a bus without needing to be in a car seat is like a holiday in Rome.  But all that learning means kids’ brains are burning through their calories, which means they are going to get hungry.

And you cannot rely on airlines or airports to be able to provide healthy food.  Yes, there may be a “vegan” or “vegetarian” option, but that doesn’t mean it’s a “healthy” option!  Even vegan or vegetarian meal options can come packed with sugar and salt, not to mention lots of unnecessary oil.  Airport restaurants are no better: Airport restaurants are designed for convenience and speed, not health.  There have been times when I have had to scour a dozen airport restaurants and shops just to be able to find some plain, uncut fresh fruit.  That said, in a pinch many airports today are now featuring juice bars.  Fresh juice can be good fuel but fruit juice also packs a whopping load of sugar.  (If you are getting fresh juice for your child, try if you can to get vegetable juice.)  Better are smoothie bars (smoothies contain whole fruit, which means the fiber in fruit, which slows and steadies fruit sugar absorption, is still being consumed).

Of course the temptation is out their to ply your kids with unhealthy travel snacks.  It is so easy to justify.  “They deserve something special for this special occasion,” or, “I need to give them something delicious to distract them/keep them quiet/make them stop screaming their heads off on the plane so the United stewardess doesn’t kick me off.”

But travel is exactly the time when your kids need healthy food the most.  They need balanced nutrition to help keep their hormones and emotions well-balanced.  They need the extra energy to be able to handle all the new experiences. They need extra fluids to help keep them hydrated on airplanes.  They need foods that will calm them and enable them to sleep whenever possible to alleviate the fatigue of travel and overstimulation. They do not need added processed sugars that will give them sugar highs and lows, and energy bursts and crashes they cannot control.  They do not need salty snacks or snacks high in sodium that will dehydrate them further.  And our of courtesy for the people who own and have to clean your conveyance, they do not need really messy snacks.  (Or courtesy for yourself – when I flew United and Akiva dropped some sandwich crumbs the stewardess made me pick them up.  Of course, United Airlines is evil incarnate and should never be flown, so this probably should not come as a surprise.)

(Also, a musical interlude because I can’t help myself) 

Healthy Travel Snacks for Toddlers When You Fly

There are lots of healthy and delicious snack options, even when you consider that flying has lots of requirements: You don’t want anything too heavy because you have to carry it, or too big because it will take up too much room you need for carrying other things (like diapers and iPad backup batteries).  You also don’t want anything too fragile that will be crushed into an inedible mush or will make a big mess.  And of course you can’t bring anything liquid above a certain size if you’re traveling in America.  With all those parameters in mind, consider these snack ideas:

  • Muffins – Muffins can be savory or sweet.  I often make savory muffins loaded up with fresh veggies like carrots or zucchini.  You can also add toppings/fillings to savory muffins – Vegemite, hummus, and tahini are our favorites.  Sweet muffins can be used as a yummy treat to distract kids without needing to give them a sugar rush.  I load mine up with fruit juice pulp – the extra fiber helps slow down sugar absorption and releases energy more smoothly, which is exactly what kids need!  You can also bulk up sweet muffins by spreading them with natural 100% peanut butter.  Muffins also hold their shape pretty well, even if they get a bit bumped around.
  • Oatmeal – If you need a good morning snack, oatmeal travels very well.  Snack sized servings should pass through security just fine (although I have never had a problem with food for my “baby”).  I make steel-cut oatmeal and load it up with chia and flax/linseeds, fresh and dried fruit, coconut oil, and make it creamy using rice milk.  Non-dairy oatmeal travels really well and with all the fruit in it, it tastes so great my kids never care if it’s hot or not.  (Some airlines will be happy to warm it for you though if you ask.)
  • Fresh Veggies & Dips – Fresh vegetables and dips are a great snack combination for kids.  Try cutting up celery, capsicum/bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, and carrots.  Kids can snack on these on their own or dipped in something like hummus, tahini, babaganoush, beetroot dip, or red pepper dip.  If you’re in America, though, you will have to bring just a small enough portion to be able to get through security.
  • Peanut Butter and… Anything! – Maybe it’s wrong of me, but I do bring peanut butter when I travel.  It’s a nutritious food with healthy fats and proteins that give kids good fuel.  It’s great as a dip or as a spread.  Of course you can make the traditional peanut butter sandwich or spread peanut butter on two crackers and slap them together.  But you can also spread peanut butter on all sorts of things.  Use peanut butter to fill celery logs (you can stick raisins in to give it some sweetness), or slice apples thinly and make peanut butter apple “sandwiches.”
  • Fresh Fruit – Fresh fruit is sweet, juicy, and nutritious.  Choose a travel-friendly fruit like apples or oranges as opposed to bananas, which squish easily.  You can also cut up fruits like apples, pears, and peaches and put them in a disposable or reusable plastic container.
  • Crackers – I make my own vegan gluten free crackers from vegetable pulp, but you can also buy some really healthy crackers as well.  Crackers give kids the chance to crunch on something and are easily eaten by them on their own, freeing you to tend to younger kids or just to relax a bit.  Veggie pulp crackers give kids extra fiber to help keep their digestive tracts running smoothly and conventional crackers made of grains and/or seeds give kids needed carbohydrates.
  • Cookies – I pack lots of healthy homemade cookies for a treat when we travel.  In our house, cookies are a special pre-naptime treat, so when the cookies come out my kids usually settle in for a rest right away.  I have a couple different kinds of cookies I make, one with oatmeal and fruit and the other with oats, whole wheat flour, fruit, and carrots.  Either way, I know my kids can have cookies guilt-free, with whole fruits and no added processed sugar.
  • Dried Fruit – Dried fruit is my secret weapon.  My kids think of dried fruit as candy, which a lot of it is.  Dates are sweeter than most candies you can buy and tamarind is more deliciously sour than sour candy. Drying fruit concentrates its sugar and flavors.  When my kids are crying out of control on the plane, dried fruit inevitably quiets them down.  It also keeps them chewing hard during takeoff and landing, when they need to chew to equalize the pressure in their ears.

Happy Travels!

I hope these snack ideas make it feel easier for you to travel by air with your toddler.  Healthy travel snacks don’t have to be hard to make or find, they don’t have to be complicated, and they can be toddler friendly.

Inspire Healthy Kids: Getting Toddlers & Children Involved – How to Get Kids to Try New Foods

Inspire Healthy Kids: Getting Toddlers & Children Involved – How to Get Kids to Try New Foods

Yesterday I spoke about how to talk to teenagers about the importance of a healthy diet. Today I’d like to share some ideas on how to get younger kids involved, too.  Here are some ideas on ways to inspire healthy kids from a very young age!

Feed Them Healthy Food

Toddlers and young children are very impressionable and generally really look up to their parents.  Ultimately, our kids will imitate many things we say and do, our mannerisms, our values, and even our diets.  We all do some things our parents did, even if we don’t realize it.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Also, remember that “comfort” food is the food we found comforting when we grew up.  If our childhood favorite was grilled brussels sprouts or kale chips, those are the things we will return to for good feelings later in life.  So just by feeding kids healthy food from the very beginning you are setting them up for a lifetime of returning to the foods you fed them as children.

Take Them Shopping

One great way to get your kids involved is to take them food shopping with you.  Show them the different fruits and vegetables.  Let them see different colors and feel different textures.  Smooth purple eggplant, fuzzy brown kiwi fruit, dimpled orange mandarin, bumpy green kale… There are so many types and textures of fruits and vegetables.

Next, help them decide on some items to buy.  Let them take control of the dinner menu by choosing fruits and vegetables to incorporate.  It’s fine if they choose the same old ones they already eat and enjoy.  If it’s fresh fruit and vegetables, it is still healthy!  This won’t 100% guarantee that they’ll eat it (kids can be so unpredictable) but as long as you have an adventurous spirit, too, at least you can eat it up, and they will see you doing so.  This will encourage kids to try and eat more in the future.

Encourage kids to select at least one new fruit or vegetable (but not more than one or two at a time, or it can be overwhelming… fun in the store might be overload at home).  If it’s new to you, then be adventurous and learn how to cook and prepare it.  Make it exciting and get your child involved, too.

Unfortunately, grocery stores can be quagmires, with lots of junk food and colorful packaging designed to appeal to kids.  So don’t take them to the supermarket.  Take them instead to the farmer’s market or a specialized fruit and vegetable stand.  This removes most of the junk food from the equation.

Get Them to Try New Foods

Many kids have aversions or fears of unknown foods.  It’s not good to force it on them, but at the same time, it is important that kids learn to try new foods.  It can be frustrating as a parent to have a child who will only eat the same two or three vegetables.  It also makes you concerned about how to make sure they’re getting the right amounts and combinations of vitamins and minerals.  Kids need a varied diet and a balanced diet.

There are some steps you can slowly take to expose your child to new foods:

  1. Show them the uncut, uncooked food. Let them touch it, play with it, etc.
  2. Show them the cut, uncooked food.  Let them touch it, play with it, etc.
  3. If it is an item (like eggplant) that cannot be eaten raw, show them the cooked food. Let them touch it, play with it, etc.
  4. Give them a piece of the item and encourage them to lick it.  Remind them it’s not going IN their mouth and they do not have to eat it.  Show them a demonstration.  Perhaps make it part of an activity that involves licking many other items they already like.  Once they lick it, talk to them about it.  Ask them how they would describe it.  Is it bumpy or smooth? Hard or soft?  Wet or dry? The more non-taste adjectives you can come up with, the better.  Repeat step 4 as many times as necessary until the child is comfortable with the new food.
  5. Give them a piece and encourage them to take it in their mouth.  Remind them they are comfortable with licking it and they do not have to chew or eat it.  If they are completely unwilling, go back to step 4.  Once they have it in their mouth, have them roll it around.  Ask them lots of questions about it, as you did with step 4.  Ask them if it feels different in their mouth than when they licked it.  If they seem okay with it, ask them about the taste.  Repeat step 5 until the child is comfortable with the new food.
  6. Give them a piece and encourage them to chew it.  Remind them that they are comfortable with licking it and holding it in their mouth, and make it clear they do not have to eat it.  Provide them with a receptacle in case they want to spit it out.  If they are unwilling to do so, repeat step 5.  Once they chew it, ask them questions about it.  What kind of texture was it? What noises did it make when they chewed it?  Was it soft or hard? Was it easy to chew?  Ask them to describe the flavor.  Did it taste different from when they licked it and held it in their mouth?
  7. Give them a piece and encourage them to eat it.  Go through steps 4, 5, and 6 in order and then simply ask them to swallow.  If they are unwilling, stop at step 6.  If they do swallow it, congratulations! Your child just ate the new food!  Once they swallow ask them questions about it.  Did they taste anything when they swallowed it, and if so, what? Did they taste anything after they swallowed it?  How did it feel as it went down their throat?  Would they be willing to do this again?

I recommend doing one step per day for a one-week plan to introduce one new food per week until they’re comfortable.  You may find it takes much longer, especially if your child has serious food issues or texture aversion.  The slow introduction process will also make it easier for you to rule out any potential allergies, if that’s a big concern for you.  Of course, if you ask your child to lick it and she wants to eat it, then she’s definitely more open to new experiences and might breeze through the steps all in one shot.

The great thing is that once they learn that tasting new foods is fun, they won’t be afraid of it anymore.  Last night I gave my boys a new fruit, an achacha.  It is delicious, with a flavor reminiscent of mangosteen.  Of course they loved it (how can you not love something that tastes like mangosteen?!).  But they both tried it and loved it.  I didn’t have to force them.  They both wanted it.  Persistence and patience pays off.

Get Them Gardening

Kids who grow things are more willing to eat them.  Investing their time and effort in caring for a plant, watching it slowly blossom and then bear fruit, and then finally being able to pick it makes kids feel more connected to their food.

Remember, you don’t need to be a farmer to do this, and you don’t even need a backyard.  My brother-in-law grows vegetables in pots in his small apartment.  His two young daughters love it!  Most plants do not require a lot of effort, so you only need to devote a few minutes per day in giving the plant a bit of water, ensuring it is getting enough sunlight, and teaching your child about it.  Of course, the more your toddler or young child is able to be involved, the better.  Let her do the watering, sprinkle plant food on it, move it into the sun, and talk to her a lot about how the plant is growing food for her to eat.

I recommend starting with vegetables she can eat raw, right off the plant.  Cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, capsicum/bell pepper, and even zucchini are good options.  That way when the first veggies are ready to be picked she can try some straight away.  Choose vegetables she can watch grow and get excited about.  So avoid things like onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots, or you’ll likely be answering the same questions about how big the vegetable is day after day.

Let Them Cook

Kids who get involved in cooking are more likely to eat what they’ve cooked.  As with the gardening option, they feel more connected to food they helped prepare.  Give toddlers and young children easy tasks like mixing things together or helping pour.  For example, if you want to make a dish of rice with vegetables, let her pour the cups of rice and water into the pot, bowl, or rice cooker.  When it is ready to be assembled, let her add the veggies/seeds/nuts/spices and stir them in (tomatoes are an amazing one, as are pine nuts, sesame seeds, and grated vegetables like zucchini or carrot… the possibilities with a dish like this are endless).

This technique can be applied for nearly any meal.  Of course it may slow down your cooking time as you supervise your little assistant.  But then again, it may not.  By getting your kids involved as you cook, you guarantee they won’t be interrupting you every five minutes, making a mess you later have to clean up, or clinging to your skirts whining.  It’s actually a great stimulating activity, so it could be a real win-win situation!

Conclusion

I hope these tips help you get your young children to be more involved.  The more involved kids are in their relationship with healthy food, and the more willing they are to try new healthy foods, the longer their relationship with healthy food will last.  This is how to set your kids up not just for a healthy childhood, but for a healthy life.

Packing a Healthy Lunch (for a trip to the zoo!)

Packing a Healthy Lunch (for a trip to the zoo!)

We’re going to the zoo today!  My parents are visiting, so there will be 3 generations going to see the animals.  I can’t wait!  Our kids love seeing the animals and at our local zoo they are really well cared for.

But what to pack for lunch? Of course the kids will have breakfast before they go, but then they need morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. (And probably another snack or two in there! My kids are good eaters.) We’re planning on doing a beach day later this week, too, so I’ll be packing a couple of meals for big outings this week. What to pack?

The most important thing is, of course, for it to be healthy! But I also want a few treats thrown in to make this zoo day with the grandparents even more fun (and also to have on hand in case I need to bribe them to behave or quiet them down – parenting tactics I’ll admit to using!).  So I need a good balance between healthy and tasty.

The first order of business is lunch. For my main course for the kids, I’ll turn to the trusty sandwich. Sandwiches are quite possibly the best on-the-go meal for kids (although banana-oat pancakes come in a close second!).  For my boys I’ve selected a whole grain black Russian bread.  I’ll admit it’s not homemade, but some day I will master the art of making it at home and I’ll tell you all about it!  I’ve decided on peanut butter sandwiches using 100% pure organic peanut butter.  I don’t want to use jam or jelly, as they are almost always full of sugar.  When I figure out a way to make one sugar-free, I’ll post that, too! Until then, my boys don’t mind a plain peanut butter sandwich, especially when it’s on black bread.  My toddler calls it “chocolate bread,” bless his heart!

If you're making a sandwich, be sure to pick the healthiest whole-grain bread you can find - choose one your kids enjoy. Today there are seemingly infinite options.  Then pick a healthy filling.  100% pure organic nut butter is great. Make sure the peanut butter you're using has only one ingredient: peanuts! Kids do not need salt, sugar, or oil added to their peanut butter. If your kids are allergic to peanuts, try almond butter. If they're allergic to nuts, consider a filling like coconut butter. Or, if you have Aussie kids like I do, Vegemite!

If you’re making a sandwich, be sure to pick the healthiest whole-grain bread you can find – choose one your kids enjoy. Today there are seemingly infinite options. Then pick a healthy filling. 100% pure organic nut butter is great. Make sure the peanut butter you’re using has only one ingredient: peanuts! Kids do not need salt, sugar, or oil added to their peanut butter. If your kids are allergic to peanuts, try almond butter. If they’re allergic to nuts, consider a filling like coconut butter. Or, if you have Aussie kids like I do, Vegemite!

With the sandwich out of the way, I had to consider a side dish and some snacks. Of course, fruit!  I keep a couple of apple slicer/corers handy so there’s always a (clean) one around when I’m looking for it.  Apples and pears can be sliced into easy-to-hold slices and with a sprinkle of lemon juice won’t brown. Apples are hard enough they won’t smush even in a ziplock bag, but softer fruits like pears need to go in a box or snack cup.  We use Munchkin Snack Catchers, Snack Cups, which, at just $6 for two of them, are worth far more to me than I paid for them.  I find them perfect for small, bite-sized fruits and veggies like berries or grape tomatoes.  Or for grapes. This weekend, I happened to get my hands on some gorgeous grapes, so dark they look almost black.  Just think of all the antioxidants they contain! And, best of all, my kids love them. Today’s snack is definitely going to be grapes.

Midnight black grapes

Now, I just have to fill out the rest of my snacking repertoire! In case the kids are extra hungry at lunch, I added some cheese omelet.  Omelets travel well and are delicious cold. They can also be cut into easy sizes for kids to hold and munch on.   Because we’re vegetarian and I don’t really like nuts (a taste I am slowly trying to acquire) we do tend to eat quite a lot of eggs as a main protein. I also put in some French toast, made with homemade raisin bread. That’s a treat! Instead of sweetening it as some people do, my mom adds a drop of pure vanilla essence, which has the effect of making it taste sweeter without actually being sweetened.  The raisins also add an element of sweetness.  For more special treats (and backup bribery), I also included some whole wheat sesame rings, 100% pure fruit leather, and a mozzarella stick.  Our kids get very little dairy but they love it, so for each of them half a cheese stick would be a fantastic treat.

A healthy kids' lunch for our trip to the zoo

Voila! A healthy lunch with lots of healthy snacks for eating all day long.  My kids will have plenty of energy and will be happy as can be. Now, I’m off to the zoo!

Juicing for Kids: How to Get Your Kids to Drink Green Juice

Juicing for Kids: How to Get Your Kids to Drink Green Juice

As I’ve been discussing, while commercial fruit juices are really not the best for your kids’ health, juice itself can be hugely beneficial.  The trick is to buy a good juicer and then make juices packed with healthy vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and enzymes fresh for your kids.  The best juices contain nutrient-rich veggies, especially dark leafy greens.  But how to get your child to drink juice with greens in them when even a small amount of greens change the color of your child’s entire drink?

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to tackle this problem.  To my mind, there are five main strategies to getting your kids to drink green juice: habituation, stealth, participation, copycat, and reverse psychology.  Use the strategy (or strategies) that you think will work best for your child.

Habituation

Habituation is, you guessed it, making green juice a habit.  This means educating your kids from early on that green equals good, and by ‘good’ I mean ‘tasty!’  The best time to start is from the very beginning.  Start in pregnancy and you’ll set your child up for a lifetime of juicing.  Babies in mum’s third trimester can taste what she’s eating via amniotic fluid they swallow.  Studies show that babies whose mothers drank carrot juice in their third trimester showed a marked preference for it when they were given it to drink themselves.*

Babies can begin having juice from 6 months of age up, although juice should supplement, rather than replace, their normal food consumption.  Babies don’t have any preconceptions about what is good and bad, so they won’t look at green juice and think “gross!” like many adults will.  So if you start your baby on green juice and continue giving it to them as they grow up, your child will have strong positive associations with drinking green juice.

Habituation can work with older kids, too, especially when paired with some of the other techniques below.  Introduce them to the Beginner’s Green Juice in yesterday’s post and if they’re brave enough to try it, they’ll quickly discover they won’t even taste the greens in it.  That recipe is all sweetness – the greens just give it a bit of color and a small nutritional boost.  The major benefits of it are getting kids over their fear of drinking a juice that looks so totally green.  Get them used to drinking that and you can slowly introduce more greens, as well as other veggies, into their juices without them batting an eye.

Stealth

Gerber Sip & Smile Spill-proof CupsOkay, I know some parents will probably slam me for this tactic, but it can definitely work for some kids!  Stealth means slipping green juice in without your kids noticing.  The best way to do this is to use a cup your child can’t see through.  For young kids, this is perfect.  Most young kids are accustomed to (or at least willing to) drink from a sippy cup of sorts.  If so, choose an opaque sippy cup (like the Gerber Sip & Smile Spill-proof Cups shown in the picture at right, or the Playtex Sipster Cup) and fill it with Beginner’s Green Juice – then watch how your child doesn’t notice you haven’t just given them delicious plain fruit juice!  With each passing week, try increasing the percentage of green in the juice ever so slightly and see if your child notices. Eventually you should be able to switch to a regular sippy cup and show them that this is the juice they’ve been drinking all along.

Participation

This is the very best strategy to use if you have older kids (babies won’t get much out of it, but toddlers might). Kids love to help out in the kitchen and are much more likely to eat something they’ve grown or made themselves.  It’s simple: Get them to help make the juice!  Have them choose a combination of fruits and veggies and let them be creative.

You’re the boss in your home and rules are good for kids, so you might want to come up with some useful rules to encourage your kids to drink healthy juice or to avoid wastage. Here are some ideas:

  • You must drink the juice you make
  • You must include at least one green element (e.g., a couple stalks of celery, a cucumber, or a handful or two of greens)
  • Each member of the family will make juice for the whole family for breakfast on a rotating roster
  • If you have a masticating or cold press juicer and not much time, designate one morning a week (such as Sunday morning) to do the juicing for the whole week.  (Masticating juicers produce juice that contains more nutrients and enzymes, for much longer, so you can really juice once a week.) Make a few different kinds of juice, put them in bottles, and have them all week long.

By getting your kids involved in helping out and giving them control, they’ll find it a fun family activity, they can exercise some creativity, and you can get them to drink fresh, healthy fruit and vegetable juice.

Copycat

The essence of this strategy is basically to lead by example.  My kids are like puppies sometimes – if they see an adult eating something, they immediately want some (“Right now!” as my toddler says).  If you have a child like this, you can get them to start drinking green juice simply by drinking it yourself!  Our kids will drink all sorts of juices, drink whole fruit smoothies, and eat salads and dark leafy greens with gusto, simply because they see us consuming these things all the timeon a regular basis.  How frequently do your kids see you drinking green juice??

Reverse Psychology

A lot of my friends have babies and toddlers who are just the opposite of our kids.  Rather than copying their parents, they want to do the exact opposite.  If mommy and daddy are eating it, these kids turn up their noses at it.  If that’s the case, you can employ the opposite strategy – “refuse” to drink it and hopefully your kids will take the bait (of course, you can and should drink green juice when they’re not looking! It’s good for adults, too!).

Another trick I find works with my toddler when he’s refusing to eat something is simply to take it away.  I take it away and tell him he’s not allowed to have it.  As soon as it’s gone he wants it again.  And he’ll gobble it up!  Of course I don’t actually want to take it away – if I’m giving it to him, that means it’s healthy and tasty – but sometimes toddlers get it into their heads that they want whatever they can’t have.  But wait, aren’t we all like that sometimes?

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found these strategies enlightening and I hope they will help you persuade your kids to start drinking green juice!  Please leave a comment and let us all know how you got your kids to start drinking green juice.  If you’ve used one of these strategies, do let us know if it worked and why!

*Mennella JA, Jagnow CP, Beauchamp GK. Prenatal and Postnatal Flavor Learning by Human Infants. Pediatrics 2001;107(6):E88.