I didn’t grow up on a farm or even in a family who shopped at the farmer’s market. I grew up eating hamburger helper, frozen kid cuisines and fast food. Partly due to a very busy household and my parents just not knowing any better, food was just a way to keep from being hungry and there was no real intention on it being healthy or serving any other real purpose.
As luck would have it, I started my own little family right around the time that nutrition started to become a big deal. Organic and non-GMO were becoming buzzwords. Moms loved toting their kids to the farmer’s market. And the dark side of judgmental looks started to arise when you fed your kids fast food. (Side note: can we stop the judging already? We’re all just trying to do our best here)
So, during my daughter’s first year of life, I did all the things you’re told to do. I breastfed exclusively for 6 months (umm, then continued for 15 months), then pureed fruits and veggies for her first solids, and stayed away from sugar. But, that was the first year. When toddlerhood came, we just tried to stay afloat amidst a sea of mac and cheese, pizza, pasta and snack foods. We also started eating Juice Plus chewables. I’m confident that adding 20 more fruits and vegetables into her diet every single day from the time she was 4 months old has made a profound impact.
When she started eating table food, she would eat all of her vegetables first, then fruit, and finally, she ate whatever was left. I always found it fascinating because we didn’t model that same sort of behavior for her nor did we push her to do so. As she got older, she consistently would ask for broccoli, carrots, peas, green beans and edamame for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we happily obliged.
When she turned a year old, I started enrolling her in some hourly daycare to help her become comfortable with new people and she wasn’t getting sick like the other kids. And if she came home with a runny nose, our first line of offense was to feed her more Juice Plus. Her cold would be gone within a day or two. She’s now 5 and a half, and she has only been sick a handful of times even though she goes to daycare once a week and we travel 2-3 times a year.
Juice Plus has been instrumental in getting those key vital nutrients into our busy kid who goes through picky phases like every other preschooler. Even though she’s essentially been “metabolically conditioned” to love veggies, I’m so thankful that she gets a variety of colors through her chewables every single day. It helps her stay well throughout the year and gives me the piece of mind that she’s thriving on whole food, and not a synthetic vitamin.
Throughout the past 5 years, this little munchkin and I have been able to help countless kids and their parents add more fruits and vegetables into their diet even if they are the pickiest of eaters. The most rewarding part is when the kids begin to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables after eating Juice Plus consistently! It’s such a great feeling to see kids develop a taste for fruits and veggies that will carry them throughout the rest of their lives! And to think, it all started with some tasty little whole food based chewables.
I couldn’t be more thankful for the “insurance” of these fruit and veggie chewables for our little munchkin. Do you think it could help your child get more nutrition in their diet?
Check out more of our Juice Plus journey and how it’s helped us bridge the nutritional gaps in our diet!