Hudson Valley Parent

HVP September 2016

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Page 22 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 23 • Brand new, state of the art facility • Digital X-rays • iPad station in the waiting room • TVs mounted on ceilings during dental work • Great kid friendly space • Always taking extra time to listen & work through fears a very happy mommy. After a while, she says she confessed, which helped him realize that spinach wasn't so bad after all. When Zachary was much young- er, he was fussy about eating apples because he wasn't fond of the skins - that is until Erica tried peeling and cutting the apples, drizzling them with lemon juice to keep them from discoloring, and pairing them up with two tablespoons of peanut butter. Erica also suggests letting your child prepare lunch with you, as he may be more interested in what's inside the lunch bag knowing that he helped create it. Allow them to sample dips, like hummus, salsa, yogurt, and peanut butter with veggies. Next, try serving foods your kids aren't fond of in dif- ferent forms - like steaming broccoli with a bit of lemon for the child who doesn't like green veggies. You can also give vegetables fun names, such as mini trees (broccoli), snowy trees (cauliflower) or kooky carrots. Let them brainstorm with you. The key to packing a kid-approved but healthy lunch, Erica says, is all in the preparation and creativity. Stacey Lutz is a new mom, freelance writer, and huge animal lover who resides in Wurtsboro. She enjoys taking her son on hikes and geocache adventures around the Hudson Valley. Because organic prod- ucts are becoming more and more common on regular grocery store shelves, there are less pricey items and more size and flavor options from which to choose.

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