where do you look to find new foods?
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I am having trouble figuring out what to eat. I understand calories and what foods are better than others, but I am getting burnt out on the healthy foods I know how to prepare. Where do you go to find new healthy recipes?
After you find these recipes, how do you get you family to eat them? I have two small children who are very picky eaters. Any suggestions?

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I'm not sure how old your kids are...I don't have any expert ideas but I do have a son who is 3 so I'll tell you what's worked for us. And as he gets older it is more challenging to keep him interested in the healthy foods. One thing we have noticed is that just cutting up the food or serving it in a more creative way can make a difference. He loves his divided plates. Cut fruits/veggies into different shapes, or offer a toothpick for him to use as a utensil. Roll up thin sliced meats, cheeses, etc. We also have found that he is more likely to eat things if he can dip them in something. So we offer ketchup, light dressings, olive oil, etc. (of course have to be careful not to get carried away with dips.) Finally we purchased a Vitamix blender in which we blend up vegetables, fruits, yogurt, nuts, etc... and we make him healthy shakes using spinach, greek yogurt, and whatever fruits we have on hand. It's amazing how great they taste and they provide lots of fiber b/c you can blend up some of the peels of the fruit that you might not otherwise be able to get your child to eat. When the shakes turn out green from the spinach we call them Incredible Hulk shakes! : ) Keeps it fun, delicious and nutritious.

dreamommy 800
4 years ago
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Here is where I am not the "nice" mom. I have 5 girls (ages 7,7,8,9,& 15) all of which have been started on "yucky" foods since they could eat. I have had more resistance from some than others, however my kitchen is not a short order diner. Nor do my kids buy the groceries. You eat what I cook or you are hungry...Plain and simple. It may be a fight at first but they will eat eventually and 9 times out of 10 once they really try it, they end up liking it. My kids do not have free access to the kitchen to eat when they want and we dont snack between meals. I dont cook my meals based on what my kids prefer or plan meals based on that, plain and simple is the best way to cook. It may get boring but its about fueling your body. I dont really do recipes either it makes it much more difficult to keep track of what you are putting in your body when you add a little of this and that.

fitmom3 1.2k
4 years ago
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There are a bunch fo excellent, healthy recipes here at AH Healthy Recipes
And there are healthier ways to cook-- grilling over panfrying, broiling, dry roasting, even braising in the crock pot! Think about the things you and the children like, add in something new once or twice a week, and investigate this site and as many search engines as you like! There are about a billion recipes out there-- most folks just get stuck in ruts! Have fun with your food!

Vicki Bowland 53k
4 years ago
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Thanks! I am still learning how to cook. I have always been a single mom who worked 50+ hours a week (more like 70) so I all I ever did was throw in a frozen dinner and call it a meal. I recently decided that eating that way was the main reason I could not lose any weight. I started learning the basics of cooking about a year ago, and love it!!

ajmelton85 439
4 years ago
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Besides recommending the Anytime Health Healthy Recipes on this site there are also TONS of online healthy recipes out there. Just go to any search engine and type in what you like and the word "healthy" or "low fat" or "light" next to the name and see what pops up. There are also healthy magazines that you can subscribe to. One of my favorites is "Cooking Light" magazine.

I feel your pain there about the 2 picky eaters young children in your family- I have that problem too! I try to serve the meal that I have prepared on one of their special plates or bowls (The Cars or Spiderman or Thomas the Train or whatever). I also cut things in creative shapes for them. Finally, they all love dipping sauces so when all else fails I try ketchup, honey mustard, ranch, etc. and that sometimes does the trick.

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
4 years ago
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I generally do not follow recipes. I do things really plain and simple- for example- oven baked chicken breasts, brown rice, and veggies. Or fish, sweet potatoes, and small salads. Or whole grain pasta, spaghetti sauce, and turkey meatballs. Sometimes I put cut up fruit or tomatoes out too- depending on what is all in season. To find new foods---I go to farmer's markets, produce stands, we have some stores that sell only local foods. I have a 3 year old so I understand your picky eater pain- my 1 year old will eat anything. I offer the 3 year old a "treat" if she eats a few bites of everything- out treats usually consist of grapes, a few chocolate chips, 3-4 jelly beans from Trader Joe's, things like that.

sarahk11 32k
4 years ago
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I like the treat idea. My pickiest eater is my 5 year old. I can get my 3 year old to at least try things. My 5 year old also doesn't care for change too much. He likes to know what is planned for the next day. Changing his diet is going to be tough!!

ajmelton85 439
4 years ago
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I have found http://www.eatingwell.com for some very good recipes they have everything from canned tuna recipes to pork loin. I think using the George Forman grill is a nice way to change up cooking and is also nice since cooking on it can help reduce fat. I have also founds that if you dont necessarily tell children what it is instead of buying spaghetti sauce and using ground beef use ground tukey and make your own sauce that way it still looks the same but tastes differently.

LisaQ85 134
4 years ago
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Anytime Health has great recipes. Another resource I use is http://www.allrecipes.com. The recipes on this site are rated and reviewed which is helpful in choosing the right one for your family. Best of luck!


4 years ago
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I don't use recipes either...too much planning for my busy lifestyle. ; ) An easy way to dress up steamed veggies is with some virgin olive oil and an herb like basil. Or basil and a sprinkle of cheese. I recommend buying a prefilled spice rack and just mix it up that way. : ) keeps it simple and easy. Another idea....brown your meat, then add your brown rice and vegetables....sometimes just mixing things together to more of a skillet or casserole style will be a big enough change to keep basically the same meal interesting.

dreamommy 800
4 years ago

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