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Great site. Reading some of the posts reminded me of books I used a lot when my kids were little: Watson’s Sugar Free Toddlers and Katzen’s Pretend Soup. Now I need something like those for 12 & 15 year olds who eat too much junk food! Ideas?

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  1. I have teenage boys – 13 and 14 year old. They can eat a ton of food (very active) with lots of calories to work with. I got my 14 year old to agree that he needs to eat salads (which he currently does not really like) because with his busy lifestyle, home cooked dinners with cooked veggies are not goign to get him to 2.5 c veggies/day. I bought a dressing of his choice and we’ve made some progress.
    They will always eat fruit if I offer it – but wish they would select it on their own.

  2. I have a 14 year old son. I make sure that the very large fruit bowl on the counter is always filled. Bananas are a big hit with the boys. I also don’t have much in the way of junk food snacks, so when they are hungry they “raid” the fruit bowl!

  3. Try keeping Gogurts, fat free pretzels and cheese sticks available. My son loves eating pretzels and cheese sticks together and it doesn’t take much to fill up on. Also, these snacks are easy to eat on the go.

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