Sneaking Nutrition into Kids’ Meals: Good or Bad Habit?

The other day I watched a TV commercial promoting a nutritional supplement drink. It starred a mom pushing it for her daughter, who wouldn’t “touch anything green”.

Those sorts of comments always stop me in my tracks. Is it optional for our kids to eat the healthy foods their bodies need? Is it a good habit to sneak nutrients into their meals? How far should we as moms go to make sure they eat what’s healthy for their growth and development?

I know and understand the dangers behind making kids eat everything on their plate.  Creating a power struggle or negative feelings about food can lead to all sorts of eating disorders and problems.  But I also know that most people — especially kids — have to see, smell and taste a new food multiple times before they are comfortable with it.

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