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Making Healthy Eating FUN!

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on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 in Health & Nutrition

Boy eating lunchIf you’re a parent of a picky eater (hint: not eating enough fruits and veggies), you’re likely spending countless hours feeling frustrated and concerned that your child isn’t getting enough nutrition. The trick? A little patience and persistence, and a whole lot of creativity! Here are a few solutions for making healthy eating fun:

 

Read children’s books about nutrition. Reading time can be a unique opportunity to teach younger children about nutrition. “A Book of Fruit” by Barbara Hirsch Lember; “Grandpa’s Garden Lunch” by Judith Caseley, “The Vegetable Show” by Laura Krasny Brown, and “The Amazing Milk Book” by Paulette Bourgeois, Catherine Ross and Susan Wallace are great starting points.

 

Switch it up. Experiment with different options to make tasting new foods a fun (and sometimes sneaky) experience. Some options to consider:

  • Blend fruits and veggies together to create a delicious smoothie. Your child might be surprised to realize that fruits like mangoes, apples and pears, or even veggies like spinach, are tasty when blended together.
  • Create a dipping bar with an assortment of flavorful fruits and veggies, paired with low-fat or fat-free dips. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini spears and celery are perfect for dunking.
  • Try serving “lettuce sandwiches” — lettuce slices wrapped around your family’s favorite cold-cuts.
  • Add color and flavor to salad dishes by incorporating fruits such as mandarin oranges and strawberries.

 

Get others involved. Host a tasting party with your family’s closest friends — your child will likely try the foods his or her peers are raving about!

 

Get creative. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Here’s a fun example: place slices of strawberries, cherries, raspberries and apples on skewers for a delicious and healthy twist to the traditional kebab.

 

Aim to inspire. Your kids will feel more empowered to try a new fruit or veggie if they pick it out themselves. For the younger age groups, encourage your children to become special detectives who help you scour the supermarket for healthy fruits and vegetables. For the older kids, buy an inexpensive apron and/or chef’s hat and head to the kitchen! You’ll have fun making memories together, exploring new cultures and emphasizing important life skills, such as math, reading and comprehension.

 

Contributors: Leslie Fazin and Courtney Yablonsky, RD.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates. All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. 

 

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