Getting kids excited about a healthy diet isn't always easy -- but it isn't impossible, either. See how real moms are stepping up to the plate to deliver yummy and healthful family meals.

1. Sneak in veggies. When it comes to getting your family to eat healthfully, hiding nutritious ingredients can make a healthy meal go down easy. Try these handy tips from real moms:

Add vegetable juice to meat loaf and chili.

Sneak veggie purees into pancakes and mashed potatoes.

Add chopped vegetables into tomato sauce—kids won't know the difference!

Toss some veggies into your muffin mix, and call them cupcakes.

2. Have fun with your food. Eating healthfully doesn't have to be boring. Spice up family suppers with a little imagination. Here's what a few moms do in their own homes:

Decorate your daughter's plate with a broccoli "forest' or a funny face. Sometimes you can let her have a picnic on the living room floor.

Combine the vegetables with another food they like—for example, pasta and peas.

Act really excited about healthy foods!

Serve the vegetables before the meat or starch, when the kids are hungry enough to eat anything.

If you have a garden, and every family member take charge of tending to a different vegetable. Working hard to grow the food make the kids eat veggies more.

Make the same meals they're used to but incorporate healthy ingredients like low-fat cheese and whole wheat pasta.

3. Please picky eaters. Every good-diet obstacle has a simple solution. Try these tried-and-true tricks:

Institute a two-bite rule for kids who refuse to try new foods. If your children really don't like a food after two bites, then it's OK not to eat it. Usually they'll end up liking the new foods.

Have fresh fruits and veggies available for snacking family members. Clean and cut fruits and veggies into snack-size pieces to store in the fridge. When your family's tummies start grumbling, they'll have a quick, easy and healthy option to munch on.

Add a veggies to heat-and-eat food. Some nights, cooking is just impossible. When the schedule is swamped and you're short on time, pick up a pre-fab dinner, but add a side of steamed veggies or a fresh salad to keep it healthy.

4. Shop smart. If you're trying to cut down on junk food purchases, these easy approaches can help:

Shop the outer aisles of the grocery store. It'll help you focus on fresh, instead of prepackaged, foods.

Check labels at the store. Unhealthy ingredients will be less likely to sneak home with you.

Opt for yogurt and fruit instead of candy.

Buy a small number of treats for your kids each month. When they're gone, that's it until the following month.

5. Be a savvy snacker. If your kids would rather eat fruit than veggies, they're not alone. More than 80 percent of moms say their kids prefer fruit. So it's no wonder apples are their No. 1 healthy snack, followed by grapes, bananas, oranges, and clementines. Here are some other successful snack ideas:

Non-buttery air-popped popcorn.

Hummus on whole wheat toast.

Whole grain Goldfish crackers.

Real fruit leather.

Baby carrots with dill dip.

Strawberries with a small amount of chocolate syrup.

Celery and peanut butter.

Homemade fruit smoothies with yogurt.

Granola bars with dried fruit and nuts.

Cucumbers cut like French fries.

Mini shredded wheat.