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Flavorful Fun with Jeff Mauro

“Fibbing to your kids about their food? How that might come back and haunt you”

By Jeff Mauro, Chef and Juicy Juice Flavor Expert

It’s no secret that parents have been known to share a “white lie” with their kids, from “those are not vegetables” to “it’s just like chicken.” When my son was little and I cooked salmon we told him it was pink chicken. But, when he started to ask for it by name, I realized lying was a bad idea. I want my son to experience new flavors and be willing to try new foods, but telling him a fish is a meat wasn’t going to accomplish that. That’s why I say when it comes to what’s on the dinner plate, “be honest, don’t hide it!” A lot of kids say they don’t like fruits or veggies, but encourage them to try just one bite. Don’t force them to eat more unless they want to, but be direct and use a taste test as an opportunity to explain what they are eating. For example, if your child has never had cauliflower have them take a bite and explain to them that it’s similar to broccoli, but might have a light, nutty taste like butternut squash.

I love using cooking as a conversation starter. If a grumpy face still pops up at the dinner table, ask your child what it is about the food he or she doesn’t like. I encourage my son to comment on his food when he takes a bite, just like I do on my Food Network show.  You can always have fun at the dinner table!

You can learn more of my tips and get a few of my recipes at

Sweet & Smokey BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
White Grape Mint Spritzer
Kiwi Strawberry Lemon Shake Up!

Fruit Breakfast Smoothie:
Crushed Ice
1 cup of whole milk
½ of Greek yogurt
½ of Juicy Juice® 100% juice in your favorite flavor
1 sliced banana
1 handful of kale

Start with a base of ice in the blender. Next, layer in your liquids: 1 cup of whole milk, and ½ cup of Greek yogurt for protein.

Then, pour in ½ cup of your favorite flavor of 100% Juicy Juice – mine is White Grape!

Last up, add in a sliced banana for fruit, and a handful of kale for greens and minerals.

Blend, pour and go! Boom, your kid will leave the house totally fortified.

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