Produce for Kids

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. If you truly are what you eat, then my oldest son would in fact be a cheddar Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I’m not proud of it by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m also not as disgusted by it as many of my fellow health/fitness bloggers. Mostly because I grew up eating Fishies, and they’re just so easy and delicious. I, of course, can’t eat those morsels of gluten anymore, but they’ve been a staple in my pantry. However, I’ve been VERY convicted recently that we need to ditch the ‘Fish. 

My 5 year old is a skinny mini and often refuses dinner and barely eats lunch. I’ve known B’s dietary choices (or lack thereof) to be an on-going issue, but now that my 1 year old, D, is fully on regular solids and loving wholesome, real food, it’s glaringly obvious that some changes need to be made for my oldest. I feel like I created a monster because it used to be about getting any form of calories into B’s tummy, but now he doesn’t seem to like anything except junky carbohydrates.

I’ve been feeling like a fraud. 

I’ve been contacted twice in the past week about my recommendations, as a fitness and health professional, for healthy snack and meal ideas for kids. Additionally, I’ve been invited again to partner up with Produce for Kids in the fight against childhood obesity! The 13th annual Produce for Kids campaign kicked off on April 24th and is featured in the produce departments of select nationwide grocery stores—like Acme and Publix—through July. It is Produce for Kids’ mission to educate families about the benefits of eating nutritious produce as part of a healthy lifestyle, while supporting local children in need.

And so, I announced to my household yesterday that we are ALL supporting Produce for Kids in embracing healthier eating habits, and Goldfish are now banned from weekly shopping trips.

I’m hoping this concisely plays out like a Berenstain Bears book where day one has the cubs upset, and day four brings some grizzly disobedience from Papa Bear, but ultimately by the following week everyone is a brand new bear. But I’m also being realistic. I preach 80/20 for eating clean for a reason, so yes, Goldfish may be consumed in the future as a treat but my main goal is to get away from processed snacks. 

I will be blogging a series of posts over the next month of my family’s progress; including meal and snack ideas, family fitness tips, and of course, recipes.

I hope you’ll consider joining us!

Be sure to check out and follow them on Twitter (@produceforkids); Instagram (@produceforkids); and Facebook (Produce for Kids)



Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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