Michelle Obama's Tips for Getting Toddlers to Eat Healthy Food

michelle obama kidsWhy do we love Michelle Obama? Because she's just like us! Just another mom facing the same day-to-day parenting challenges the rest of us face. Like convincing her kids to pick apples over cookies, for example.

Which leads me to another reason why we love Michelle Obama: She's devoted to convincing our kids to pick apples over cookies, too. I can't think of a better cause for the First Lady to take up than getting America's children to eat healthy, and she's doing an amazing job of educating and encouraging parents as well. 

No surprise there -- she's speaking from experience:

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"This is something that most parents including Barack and I have dealt with," she said in a recent interview.

"Our kids did not come into this world as vegetable fans, and it wasn't easy to get them focused on eating the things that were right for them. But there are a couple of things we found in our house that really help."

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Here's what works in the White House:

1. Have fresh produce around and make it easy to access. "It tastes so much better when it's fresh," says the First Lady. 

2. Let kids pick which fruits and vegetables they like and make them available at home. "For example, I like to keep a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen so that it's easy for the girls to reach and have that available instead of cookies and other snacks," she says. Adding: "Now I'm not saying that always happens, that they always go for the apple instead of the cookie, but it does help."

3. Make healthy eating a habit from the very start. "It is much easier to get your kids to eat healthier foods if it's always been a part of their lives," says the First Lady.

"It's a lot of work, but it's well worth it."

Wise words!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy foods?

 

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