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26 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2018 would be to "stop buying processed food." Even if it's mac and cheese or cookies, she suggests making it from scratch. When you see what goes into the final product, it's a wake-up call, Garvey explains. "You see the amount of sugar and butter that goes into the recipe - and maybe you think, I can cut that sugar in half. It helps you have a more active relationship with your food." Too many of us "have a relationship with food that someone else made for us." says the doctor, who is also a mom from Hopewell Junction. By OLIVIA L. LAWRENCE M eal time is a struggle. Parents look for budget-friendly foods that satisfy their picky eater and provide them with nutrients. How can parents get their children to eat food that is good for them, without a fight? An active relationship with food Dr. Padma Garvey, a fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, says if she could suggest only one change to how people approach their diets, it Encourage kids to get involved Dawn Boyes, Monticello mom of four, says, "I had the stress where my child went on a week-long binge of wanting nothing but peanut butter and jelly. I think it's normal and think growing bodies are an amazing thing." Parents have so much to worry about as it is, the perfect meal shouldn't be on that list, Boyes says. "Lead by example. Keep offering the options." "If they don't like it, ask them what they think it needs. Let them blend spices, add a bit of herbs, sprinkle a little Does your picky eater get the nutrients he needs? 6 ways to get your kids to eat healthy These kids love showing off their delicious and fresh produce finds at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Add some colorful foods to make plates pretty and bellies happy.

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