What tips can Suzi Entrata-Abrera give fellow mommies who want to make sure their kids eat healthy?
"One tip is to get the helpers or cook aligned with the plan to include veggies in the children's diet.
''It's easy for them to overlook the gulay part since our kids prefer to avoid it," she explains.
In her own little way, Suzi makes sure she introduces healthy food components to the daily diet of her kids—Leona, Jade, and Nella.
"Also, if in case the veggie dish isn't something our kids will want to eat [ampalaya or okra] and no other kid-friendly gulay is around, I ask them to eat fruit for dessert instead," she adds.
This way, she has a viable alternative in meeting kids' sweet cravings while making sure they eat healthy food.
Suzi admits she had to conquer challenges to convince her kids to eat healthy.
STARTING THEM YOUNG ON VEGGIES. For Suzi, the challenge is how to be creative in getting her kids to enjoy the vegetables they consistently dislike.
"My kids don't seem to want to move on from the usual carrot, Baguio beans or squash.
"My second daughter [Jade] in particular would get veggies, move it around her plate, and bring her plate to the kitchen, hoping I wouldn't notice her veggies are still all there," Suzi narrates.
Some mommies would probably let it pass, but Suzi pushes on, knowing all too well healthy habits should start at a young age.
"I would then have to get her to finish her [Jade] gulay. It's tough, especially since I know she's already full at this point.
''But I keep reminding them that veggies are so important for a balanced diet; that they really shouldn't or can't avoid it," she stresses.
ABOUT THE PROJECT. Suzi hosted the recent launch of Minute Maid Nurisha's supplementary feeding program in Sauyo Elementary School, Novaliches.
The launch, conceptualized by the brand's parent company Coca-Cola Philippines, was counted as Day 1 of a 120-day nutrition program introducing the juice to kids to combat IDA.
The Department of Education designated Sauyo, located at Quezon City's District 6, as the program's starting point because of the high malnutrition rate and lack of proper access to nutrition low-income familie.
While the 300 Sauyo schoolchildren were the first to experience the drink, all 30,000 target school kids aged six to nine nationwide will get the "source of nourishment" as the school year progresses.
Schoolchildren who lack proper nutrition will avail of Nurisha's 120-day free supplementary feeding program.
Aside from combating IDA malnutrition in children, the feeding program boosts zest, physical activity, and concentration in one's studies.
Suzi, who has three kids of her own, realizes all too well the importance of proper nutrition and health in the young.
While she can address the nutritional needs of her own, she knows kids represented in this supplementary feeding program don't have the best access to healthy food.