Making Kids Want to Eat Healthy

Author Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE Has Advice for Making Kids Want to Eat Healthy

What does it take to convince teens and tikes–and families–to eat healthy, and make them think it’s their idea! Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE, the founder of the award-winning website,, wants to challenge families to eat healthy. She has some simple suggestion to kick off National Nutrition Month.

Fruit Smoothies for the Lunch Box

It can be hard to get children to eat their fruits and veggies. A great way to ensure that your kids are getting their recommended allowance of fruit is from Odwalla. They have introduced a new line of lunchbox-suitable, not-from-concentrate kids’ smoothies.  They give parents a great new option to serve their families and it’s available in three kid-friendly flavors.  
Strawberry Banana Jungle™
Mango Pineapple Island™
Grape Berry Prairie™

Odwalla Smoothies For Kids have a smooth texture, no added sugar and one whole serving of fruit in each box.  Conveniently packaged in easy-to-hold drink boxes, the smoothies are perfect for lunchboxes or on-the-go use. They are available for purchase in 6.75 fl. oz. single units and in four-pack bundles. With no added sugar and 110-120 calories per box, they are also a great source of vitamin C. See nutrition facts for sugar and calorie content.

To strengthen its commitment to nutritious and accessible snack options for children, Odwalla is now a proud supporter of, the official parenting web site of the AAP. The AAP is the nation’s largest pediatric organization, with a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

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Healthy Snacks

Let’s face it, the snack is a kid’s favorite part of a meal, but there are some not-so-healthy options out there and some healthier alternatives.  My favorite is Pirate’s Booty, a baked, all-natural snack that tastes great and is fun too!  Pirate’s Booty also has half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips.  Another plus is that Pirate’s Booty is gluten and tree-nut free, so it’s safe for kids with allergies and their classmates too.  And now Pirate’s Booty comes in half-ounce, 65-calorie multipacks that are perfect for the lunchbox!

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Hi-Protein Breakfast for Moms

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and eating a balanced breakfast that includes protein helps sets the stage for a great day.  Jimmy Dean recently launched their new Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Quesadilla, a better-for-you option containing 250 calories and 15 grams of protein per serving.  Ready in just three minutes, the Delights Quesadilla is made with turkey sausage, egg whites, reduced fat cheese in a flour tortilla.  When you are short on time it is a quick morning meal with protein that helps mom’s get a great start to the day.

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About the Super Kids Nutrition

SuperKids Nutrition Inc. was founded in August 2006 to save the world one healthy food at a time. We work with registered dietitians and nutrition scientists to provide nutrition education and healthy eating tips to help create future healthier generations through good nutrition.

Our Super Crew characters and our Super Crew children's books help carry out the mission of SuperKids Nutrition Inc. by demonstrating healthy eating routines and understanding the value and importance of good nutrition. They make good nutrition come to life in a fun and entertaining way to which kids can relate, enjoy and model. Kids can take part in science, math, reading and physical fitness activities with the Super Crew . The entertaining, adorable and multicultural characters are also woven into community nutrition presentations to help create lasting healthy diet changes.

The content is developed by dietitians and nutrition experts on topics which include:

Nutrition Articles – Original, easy-to-read articles that are categorized by topic area or life stage.
Kids Website, Books and Activities – Highlight the Super Crew , a group of superhero kids who get powers from eating certain foods, and engage children to learn nutrition in a fun entertaining and relatable way.

Ask the Experts – Interviews with nutrition experts from across the country who have published books on healthy eating.

Read to your Kids – SuperKids Nutrition team has identified and reviewed fun children books with healthy themes for parents, since books are a great way to educate kids on the importance of healthful eating.

Book of the Month – For parents who are interested in reading more about nutrition or finding recipes that provide great tasting, healthy choices, Book of the Month reviews book and offers interviews with authors.

Recommended Sites – SuperKids Nutrition team has reviewed other health-related websites to help parents in their search for good health.

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