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post #41 of 64
Single Parent here, not a step parent, but I understand the food
issues. My niece and nephew come and stay twice a year with
me and they both have a very small list of what they will eat.
Pretty much it's fast food, chicken nuggets, pizza, and cereal.
That it's flying at my house, but I also didn't want to make them
feel like I was the food bully. I had them both choose their own
cereal at my local health food store, tricking them into thinking
it's a variation of their coco puffs, but not as bad. I made eggs
and pancakes on a couple mornings and said that we need to
try things before saying we don't like them. If they didn't like it
they could then have cereal. Both still don't like eggs, but they
both loved my whole wheat pancakes. Small steps.
I involved them with making lunch and dinner. I think sometimes
(it works with my daughter, but only 50% of the time) kids will
try new things if they are involved with the cooking. We baked
breads, made our own pizza I asked that each kid at least pick
one vegetable for their pizza, they both tried mashes potatoes
for the first time since they made them. We had many successes
and some failures. If they refused the dinner I had made (after
they tried it) then they were welcome to make a P&B sandwich.
This is what I do with my daughter, who is 5. They tried some
things and really liked them. I was surprised.
My Sisters kids are going threw a lot of changes. They moved
from PA to AZ and a month later her husband served her with
divorce papers. (can you say set up). My niece is 10 and my
nephew is 5. My Sister is a very healthy eater, but since the
divorce I think the kids are seeking more control. That control
is coming threw in food. She picks her battles carefully so she
has been giving in to the food demands.
I think most of the time food issues or picky eaters are more
about control than eating. Maybe it would help to take your
step children to the store with you, ask each one to make
choices. Would you like us to buy vegetable A or vegetable B.
Or maybe ask them to help you write the grocery list. Plus
help with dinner.
They will feel involved in family decisions, plus it will show you
respect their choices. It could turn out to be real fun for the
whole family. Take care. Blessings.
post #42 of 64
Well, I read that the most commonly eaten items are hotdogs, coffee and white bread. We eat none of that in my household.

Janna, I agree that I should try to respect their choices and let my niece and nephue go shopping with me, but I've tried that. It was horrible and I ended up with 3 out of the 4 crying part time in the grocery store and during check out. I'm sorry but I will NOT buy complete junk food and that is all that they wanted - then my kids decided that they should want it too. I go alone or with only my kids while my niece and nephue are at school now. (my own kids are only 3 & 1)

Actually they aren't as bad as I must make it sound like but the situation could definately improve. At least they like the fruit and vegetable supplement and want to take that.
post #43 of 64
Also, I want to note that I would not have taken temporary custody of the kids if I didn't love them. I love them very much. It's just a really hard situation for all involved in a blended family.
post #44 of 64
Which do you click for the list of ingredients on the Juice Plus site? I think I've clicked all the headers and I can't find it. Can someone point out the obvious to me.
post #45 of 64
Thread Starter 
Try this link. It should list the ingredients:
https://www.juiceplus.com/road/page3...egetables.html
post #46 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newstepmomma
Try this link. It should list the ingredients:
https://www.juiceplus.com/road/page3...egetables.html
Thank you! Do you know if that's a complete list? Have you any idea what they might use as a preservative, if any? Do you know if they use a sweetner at all?

If anyone has the ingredient list from their container, can you PM or post?

Thanks!
post #47 of 64
My 2 DSS's 12 and 15 (one of whom eats ok the other eats mega-junk!) love smoothies I make with banana, yoghurt and other fruits, and the older one even wanted to recipe and makes them himself now (he lives with his grandparents) anyhow its a great way to get them to eat more fruits too. I think the Juice Plus is a good idea too though!
post #48 of 64
Another thing you could try- especially with the 4yo- is getting them into the kitchen to cook and bake with you, and getting them used to the idea that kitchens, rather than boxes, are where food comes from.
post #49 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by UUMom
Thank you! Do you know if that's a complete list? Have you any idea what they might use as a preservative, if any? Do you know if they use a sweetner at all?

If anyone has the ingredient list from their container, can you PM or post?

Thanks!
Hi, I'm just going to post this because I got 2 other PM's about it already: :LOL

Juice Plus label

"This product contains no artificial preservatives, flavors or stabilizers, and no synthetic colorants or hydrogenated oils. Store in a cool place."

Supplement Facts: (this is from the adult veggie capsule)

vegetable juice powder and pulp (carrot,parsley,beet,kale,broccoli,cabbage,spinach ,tomato), geleton (capsule shell), lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, beet fiber, barley bran, oat bran, cabbage fiber, glucomannan, plant celluose, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

Supplement Facts: (this is from the adult fruit capsule)

fruit juice powder and pulp (apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, peach, acerola cherry, papaya), geleton (capsule shell), bromelain, papain, lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, apple pectin, citrus pectin, date fiber, prune powder, glucomannan, citrus bio flavonoids, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

it is also Kosher.

calories - 5
carbohydrates - 1g
sodium -10g veggies, 5g fruit
protiein - less then 1g
sugars - less then 1g
fiber - less then 1g


veggie chewable labels for children:

vegetable juice powder and pulp (carrot,parsley,beet,kale,broccoli,cabbage,spinach ,tomato), lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, beet fiber, barley bran, oat bran, cabbage fiber, glucomannan, plant celluose, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

fruit chewable for children:
fruit juice powder and pulp (apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, peach, acerola cherry, papaya), bromelain, papain, lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, apple pectin, citrus pectin, date fiber, prune powder, glucomannan, citrus bio flavonoids, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

Also every batch is tested to be sure that it is herbacide, pesticide and contaminant free.

Whew! okay, feel free to e-mail me with any more questions at christianson@mydurango.net
post #50 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by flapjack
Another thing you could try- especially with the 4yo- is getting them into the kitchen to cook and bake with you, and getting them used to the idea that kitchens, rather than boxes, are where food comes from.
You are absolutely right, actually I don't know why I didn't think of it! I'm going to try this out more today. I'll re-post to let you all know how it worked!
post #51 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4cornersmamma
Hi, I'm just going to post this because I got 2 other PM's about it already: :LOL

Juice Plus label

"This product contains no artificial preservatives, flavors or stabilizers, and no synthetic colorants or hydrogenated oils. Store in a cool place."

Supplement Facts: (this is from the adult veggie capsule)

vegetable juice powder and pulp (carrot,parsley,beet,kale,broccoli,cabbage,spinach ,tomato), geleton (capsule shell), lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, beet fiber, barley bran, oat bran, cabbage fiber, glucomannan, plant celluose, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

Supplement Facts: (this is from the adult fruit capsule)

fruit juice powder and pulp (apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, peach, acerola cherry, papaya), geleton (capsule shell), bromelain, papain, lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, apple pectin, citrus pectin, date fiber, prune powder, glucomannan, citrus bio flavonoids, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

it is also Kosher.

calories - 5
carbohydrates - 1g
sodium -10g veggies, 5g fruit
protiein - less then 1g
sugars - less then 1g
fiber - less then 1g


veggie chewable labels for children:

Natural sweeteners (), dried vegetable juice powder and pulp (carrot,parsley,beet,kale,broccoli,cabbage,spinach ,tomato), lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, beet fiber, barley bran, oat bran, cabbage fiber, glucomannan, plant celluose, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

fruit chewable for children:
fruit juice powder and pulp (apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, peach, acerola cherry, papaya), bromelain, papain, lipase, amylase, protease, celluase, apple pectin, citrus pectin, date fiber, prune powder, glucomannan, citrus bio flavonoids, dried plant fiber, lactobacillus acidophilus, vegetable magnesium stearate, anthocyanins, allicin, lycopene, polyphenol catechins, dunaliella salina, indoil carbonais.

Also every batch is tested to be sure that it is herbacide, pesticide and contaminant free.

Whew! okay, feel free to e-mail me with any more questions at christianson@mydurango.net
Oooo, thanks! Thorough!

one more ? and then I swear, I'm done. lol Do you what the gelatin source is?
post #52 of 64
The gelaton is an animal product. I used to be a vegetarian and I would just open the capsule and dump it out into my smoothie. I'll still do that every once in a while, but I've began eating meat so I just swallow the capsules with water.
post #53 of 64
[QUOTE=UUMom]Oooo, thanks! Thorough!

one more ? and then I swear, I'm done. lol [QUOTE]


:LOL That's okay.
post #54 of 64
Thread Starter 
Destiny,
Do you put ice in the smoothies? I'm going to try this... but maybe some of the problem is my cooking. Would you mind telling me exactly what you put in your smoothies???
post #55 of 64
Thread Starter 
Flapjack,

I'm a bit stumped.. in the kitchen... for kids. How do you cook healthy food so it is appealing to these little buggers? Got any recipe ideas?
post #56 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newstepmomma
Destiny,
Do you put ice in the smoothies? I'm going to try this... but maybe some of the problem is my cooking. Would you mind telling me exactly what you put in your smoothies???
Well I don't have a recipe but I use about 1 banana per cup of yoghurt, and then add some honey to taste, and sometimes use frozen fruit like raspberries, strawberries and if not then use fresh, about 1/2 cup and you can add a little ice too if you prefer. To make more just increase the amounts and you can use lots of different fruit too. Some people freeze the banana and use it that way but I don't.

Also mix 1 frozen banana with the juice of 1 to 2 oranges and blend it makes like a delicious Orange Julius. You can add some honey or vanilla even its really tasty.

Actually whenever *I* eat anything healthy my DSS and DH thinks it looks really great but not if I try to make them eat it lol so maybe you can try this technique too!
post #57 of 64
I really like your idea for the orange smoothie. I need to try that. About how much vanilla do you use?
post #58 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4cornersmamma
I really like your idea for the orange smoothie. I need to try that. About how much vanilla do you use?
I use about 1/8th teaspoon or so, depending how much you like the flavor. I don't always use it but I do like vanilla!

Enjoy!!
post #59 of 64
Newstepmomma- I'll post recipes later, but I work on the principle that children are far more likely to eat something that they've made themselves and can see what's gone into it. So, if you can get them to try making- say, home-made muffins- then you're indoctrinating the belief that food gets made at home, plus keeping out the hydrogenated fats and you can keep the sugar ratio down.
At 6 and 5, I reckon we've got about a dozen recipes that my children can make independently but with supervision (for instance, scrambled eggs on toast, banana muffins, stuff like that) and another half a dozen where I use them as unpaid labour- like stirring risottos. Admittedly, they eat everything except tinned spaghetti, but it took a while to get them there. Nigella Lawson's cookbooks are amazing for getting kids involved, if they're available in the US.
post #60 of 64
flapjack, do you have a link for Nigella Lawson's cookbooks?
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