You know what they say — you eat first with your eyes. And that holds true for kids, too. So instead of slicing a slab of turkey onto your child's plate, present a fun new way for him to try turkey — like a wrap.
The Fresh Diet's chief culinary officer, chef Yos Schwartz, suggests turning a Turkey Day meal into a fun and healthy wrap that's less than 300 calories, yet packed with 23 grams of protein.
Joan Martin Fee of Make Healthy Fun suggests cutting up turkey and other Thanksgiving accouterments such as vegetables and fruit and helping your children turn the components of their Thanksgiving meal into a Totem Pole Dinner. Check out her site for complete directions on how to construct your own Thanksgiving-themed Totem Pole Dinner.
Deanna Cole, PsyD, MBA, licensed psychologist and mom of two turkey eaters in Maryland, notes that a little compliment goes a long way at the dinner table. She says, "The best way to get kids eating is to encourage even small effort. Throw in some praise and they'll gobble it up. Some kids respond well to my personal favorite way to eat turkey — add a bit of Jell-O salad or cranberry sauce per bite to liven it up."
Thanksgiving dinner can only be repeated (and reheated!) so many times before it gets tiring for even the most dedicated turkey lover. So nutrition/health expert and certified and licensed professional wellness coach Jackie Keller suggests giving leftover turkey a whole new look! The founding director and executive chef of Los Angeles' healthy food company NutriFit and author of Body After Baby: The Simple 30-Day Plan to Lose Your Baby Weight, suggests the following tips:
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