Having Fun with Healthy Eating
Children enjoy new, exciting, silly and colorful surprises! Eating healthy
can feel more like a celebration than another task to complete. Try these ideas
to stimulate your child's appetite:
- Give foods great-sounding names
Chefs always use this technique to allure you to foods on their menu. Watch
your child's interest increase when instead of saying �we're having pancakes
for breakfast,� you say �we're having oatmeal cookie pancakes for
- Serve food with flare
Provide a drink with a silly straw. Offer food in a bowl or plate with animals on the bottom. Collect
different shapes and colors of bowls, plates, cups and silverware and mix
and match the servings.
- Make food fun
Cut sandwiches into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Let children make faces
with their fruits and vegetables. Serve yogurt in an ice cream cone topped
with granola. See
Food, Fun and Fitness for more ideas.
- Plan surprises
Tuck a little note into their lunch box. Pack a picnic (even if it's in
the living room!).
- Encourage little helpers
Create an environment where children can help cook. Children can wash
vegetables. Tear lettuce for salads. Mix ingredients for casseroles. Set
the table and help clean up! See
Kids Cooking in the Kitchen for more ideas.
- Explore ways to teach children about food.
Take a trip to a farmer's market. Plant a backyard garden or grow
vegetables in individual pots. Take advantage of pick-your-own farms. Let
children help select food at the grocery store.