Getting Kids to Eat Heathy

Before I move on to my blog post, just wanted to mention a couple things.
  1. Today is the LAST day to enter my giveaway (2 free nights in the Newpark Hotel in Park City Utah).
  2.  I was given the Star Blog Award and was interviewed on the amazing Blog Stylist website.  I'm so happy to share this website with you! For all you other bloggers out there, you will just LOVE all the tips and information you'll find on here about blogging. Bree shares all kinds of blog secrets, inspiration and blogger success stories. Go check it out and see my interview HERE.

Last night I proudly watched my daughter eat a spinach salad (fresh from our garden), and some orange ruffy fish. You may think I'm bragging a bit, and well...      I AM :)
To be serious, I'm trying just as much as all you other mothers out there. We all know that getting kids to eat healthy can be like trying to squeeze your butt into a pair of SPANX. Anything BUTT easy :) haha, gosh I'm funny.

My Favorite Breakfast 

Today I wanted to share with you a little about why I love the Isagenix shakes so much, and as you can see my kids love them too. We all know what it feels like as a mother to see our kids eating and LIKING something healthy. I try to get my kids to drink half a serving size of one of these each day, and I add this too it as well.

I've also been trying to sneak in this Flaxseed anywhere I can, yogurt, mac & cheese, salad ect.

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients:

    * Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
    * Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
    * Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Sometimes I'll even add spinach to the shakes, and amazingly my kids don't even know the difference when you add a banana along with it. The flavor of the banana completely overrides the taste of the spinach.

I've read somewhere that the key to getting kids to eat healthy is to try, try, and try again. Kids will usually turn their noses up to most anything new, unless it's dessert or candy of some sort. So with a little bribery and consistency, I've been able to get Lily to eat more than just mac & cheese and chicken nuggets.
 When ever I make something new she's never had before, I tell her, all she has to do is take ONE bite. If she doesn't like it, she doesn't have to eat it. I will continue to make her try it each time I make it. She hated fish at first, but now she eats it without any fuss. For us, every Tuesday is fish day. We all know how healthy fish is, so I try to make it part of our weekly menu. I still can't get Oliver to eat it, but I continue to try :)

It never hurts to bribe your child with treats :) The ONLY way I can get Lily to eat all her dinner is to offer a really yummy treat for finishing it. Works every time!

7 Reasons Why ISAGENIX IsaLean® Tops Other Meal Replacement Shakes

Just what is it that makes the IsaLean® Shakes superior to other meal replacement drinks? The no-compromise, quality ingredients! We’re bombarded every day by product advertisements for drinks that are filled with mediocre and sometimes suspicious ingredients. Companies might say the products help people lose weight quickly, but they’re lacking in nutrition and often unsafe and unreliable for long-term weight loss.

IsaLean Shakes are different. Isagenix uses only high-quality ingredients to create the perfect balance of protein, carbs and fats designed to boost metabolism and weight loss while preserving muscle and promoting health.

I’ve got the lowdown on why the nutrient-dense shakes top the competition and have helped hundreds of thousands of people to shed unwanted pounds and achieve optimum health. Join us in our million-blender vision and ask everybody you know to start the day off with the blender and an IsaLean® Shake, not the frying pan. They’ll boost their health, feel better and lose weight!

7 Reasons Why IsaLean® Shakes Beat Out the Competition

   1. Low, Low Sugar. Our shakes have far less sugar than other meal replacement drinks. Try half the sugar than you’ll find in Slim-Fast Original Shakes.
   2. Fill ‘Er Up. Our shakes have seven grams of dietary fiber to help you feel fuller, keep blood sugar stable and support heart and colon health. Other shakes like Myoplex® Original have half the fiber, which could leave you with a half-empty tank and scrounging for snacks later.
   3. Charge Your Batteries. Our shakes are packed with 16 vitamins and minerals, which means you won’t run out of steam halfway through the day. IsaLean® Shakes have more vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D, E, B6 and B12 than what you’ll find in Herbalife® ShapeWorks® Shakes.
   4. Complex & Complete. Our shakes are engineered with the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which boost your metabolism and help you lose weight.
   5. Break It Down. Our shakes have the digestive enzymes many people lack in order to facilitate proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. This process helps to break down the carbs, protein and fat for maximum results.
   6. Lose the Pounds, Not the Nutrition. Our shakes give you optimal nutrition, not just rapid weight loss. Unlike other companies, we use the highest quality ingredients, which produce the highest quality results.
   7. Pure as Gold.Our shakes include the highest quality of whey protein, dairy farmed in New Zealand because of its purity and fabulous taste. It’s also antibiotic and steroid-free.

*   How IsaLean® Shakes Stack Up Against Other Brands:
    * Herbalife® ShapeWorks® Shakes — Isagenix has 3-times the protein and more vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D, E, B6 and B12.
    * Slim-Fast Optima® Shakes (ready to drink) — Isagenix has twice the protein and less fat and sugar.
    * Slim-Fast Optima® Shakes (powders) —Isagenix has 10x more protein and more dietary fiber.
    * Slim-Fast Original Shakes — Isagenix has twice the protein, less sodium and carbohydrates, half the sugar and more dietary fiber.
    * GNC Lean Shake™ — Isagenix has nearly 3x the protein, less sodium and carbohydrates.
    * Myoplex® Original — Isagenix has less calories, cholesterol and sodium and twice the dietary fiber.
    * Myoplex® Lite and Deluxe — Isagenix has half the sodium and more dietary fiber.


Carrie K said...

I always try to sneak sweat potatoes and cooked carrots into my kids mac n cheese too. I still wanna try spinach in fruit smoothies...
I'm really interested in this ISAGENIX. I went to the doctor today and I weighed 158 lbs. That's only 7 pounds less than my top pregnancy weight 3 months ago. And my baby was 8 lbs. ouch!
So, can you take this isagenix stuff nursing? Just curious.

Sean Escobar said...

Hey Crystal, I'm grateful that you are so consistent about getting nutrients into these kiddos. It's NOT easy, I know. Always easier to just throw something in front of them that will not take convincing and will occupy them for a spell. You are doing great and I am so grateful. Isn't it cool how little our kiddos caught common colds and flus this last season? I think that is great evidence that its working. :) I have seen many kids that don't eat anything healthy all day, every day, month and year of their lives. How is this going to effect their brain development and immune system. I've seen them living on nothing but candy, fast food and soda pop. It's not the parents fault either, I truly believe it is not. It is our social conditioning, it is the media, food industry and government to blame. However it is our job as parents to get educated and then shift our thinking and behaviors. Watch the documentaries "" and "supersize me" everybody. Way to go Crystal! love sean

Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

Crystal, great post and I love to see how supportive your hubby is. He seems very involved with what's going on and in the know when it comes to eating healthy. It reminds me of mine and my husband's relationship and attitude towards food and supplements.

We are big believers in supplements and vitamins. Our produce has way less nutrients than they did 40 yrs ago-35% less in many cases. Even if they are eating healthy, supplementing with the good stuff is essential.

I have tried SO many protein powders, our favorite now is a hemp protein powder but it is green and definitely needs to be mixed in with fruit-tastes kind of like the green powders (like garden dirt. LOL). What I really liked about your product when I quickly googled it to see the ingredients is that is does not contain ANY artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, Acesulfame-pottasium (K) are beyond toxic. I just read a book called Excitotoxins. It will change the way you think about food. Those sweeteners are giving kids seizures, brain damage and a whole host of other problems. Guess what? They are in kids Flintstone's vitamins!! I am not a fan of the FDA-they really don't regulate much. The book also talks about how many different forms of MSG there are-torula yeast, yeast extract, carageenan, natural flavors, autolyzed yeast extract just to name a few of about 100 that the government doesn't even have to label. It basically eats holes in our brain among other things including chest pains, irregular heart beat, etc. Must read (a bit scientific and technical but you seem like you'd enjoy it!)


Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

Oh, forgot to mention the other important book is called Sweet Poison-available on Amazon!

Loved the movie Food, Inc. Must see for everyone. We are all about Organic and Grass Fed Cows for Beef. We gave up all pork and I'm trying to get completely off of shellfish but love fish.

Em and Brad said...

If you haven't heard of Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook called "Deceptively Delicious," definitely buy it! It was soooo worth the money. I saw her on Oprah a while back, and she came up with sneaky ways to put veggies into kids/families meals. She had made a bunch, and Oprah was floored at how good they were, and that you couldn't tell they were in them. I always use that cookbook, and it's wonderful, because even my husband (who also turns up his nose to veggies sometimes) doesn't know they're there. I always be sure to serve veggies in addition, to teach my daughter that she needs to eat them and that they are good for her. I don't crack when it comes to health with her. I found which veggies she loves (steamed baby carrots or cut up avocados are wonderful) and be sure to give them to her first, before she's eaten everything else. Since she has severe food allergies, we've been really limited on what she can eat anyway (allergic to all dairy, egg whites, egg yolks, peanuts, strawberries). I don't deprive her of sweets, but give them to her sparingly. I see how well she does compared to her playmates, and am glad she's learning to eat right. Does the Isagenix shake have dairy in it (I'm going to assume it does)? I love the idea of having her drink it.

FourJedis said...

Food is one department we've been lucky in with the boys... My youngest is allergic to dairy, and with nursing, I am too, now, so we pretty much keep cow's milk out of the house, and after watching Food, Inc, it's only grass-fed and free range for us! We eat tons of veggies and keep telling them that they will keep growing and staying healthy and live long if they eat their fruits & veggies. :) If you ever want some creative and wholesome recipes or tips, my friend has a blog at

Shell said...

Isn't it wonderful to have kids who will eat anything? :)

Off to go see your interview.

Slamdunk said...

All of your things are impressive and congrats, but certainly the little one enjoying spinach salad is tops in my book. Nicely done.

Daisygirl said...

I agree bribe the kiddoz! I have to admit I have not been great about meal lately, my husband comes home late and its so hot so to heat up the kitchen sucks when its 105 outside! I am lucky some days if I get them to take their vitamin!

Bella loves the shakes too! ;)

So awesome about your interview!

nmaha said...

You won't believe it when I tell you my little on loves her veggies, fruit and milk products, what I struggle to get her to eat are carbs! Even if she does eat carbs, it's high fibre stuff that her dad loves, like weetabix! I'm scared that a lack of carbs may affect her growth. Any ideas here?

Verena said...

Congratulations on receiving the Star blog Award! You really deserve it!
I know it´s so hard to feed the kids healthy food. Finally our kids eat for breakfast Oatmeal with fruits and milk. I am so glad they even love salad now.:) I think when kids get a little older they start liking to eat more healthy food.
The Isagenix shake sounds great! You don´t even need to take extra Vitamin pill´s. And even kids are allowed to drink it. That is awesome!
Can´t wait to get it here in Germany!

Verena said...

Crystal, I just voted for you!!!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I haven't had an Isagenix shake for awhile. I loved the vanilla shakes. I need to get back on that program one of these days.

He & Me + 3 said...

Thanks for sharing all of this information. I am going to check into that.

Adrienne said...

Great info thanks

Holly said...

I sneak veggies in, but usually give them the chance to try it son has discovered he loves spinach...yeah! And he devours green smoothies. Like the tips and info!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Good girl! Great info. Always on the lookout for healthy meals...

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Congrats on the award!!!

You know I picked some flaxseed up in the bulk section and used it once, but what a good idea to put it in other things. I'll have to use it up and see how it goes!

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