"I can tell that my kids are more settled and feel more at ease when they are eating healthier food," says Dybal. "They like what we eat. It’s not like they complain about it; it’s just what we do."
Parents trying to trade gummies for whole fruit may face opposition from the kids. One strategy is to use these opportunities to talk about nutrition. "We talk regularly about what is in food, food groups and reading labels," says Christine Dalton, Oak Park mom of three. "I’ve found that my 5-year-old absorbs all this and repeats back what we talk about on a regular basis, so I know it’s sinking in."
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