It’s never too early to encourage your children to have good eating habits. And guess what else? It’s never too late. So whether your kids are toddlers, teens, or somewhere in between, getting even your pickiest eater to enjoy more fruits and veggies with their meals doesn’t have to be a chore – in fact, it can be fun! Here are some tips to get your brood excited about eating healthy foods!
GET THEM INVOLVED
Kids are way more likely to eat whatever it is they spend time making. While you should be sure to involve them in age-appropriate tasks, kids love chopping, cutting, kneading, mashing and peeling – the more colorful or “strange” the fruit or vegetable, the better. Even the littlest helper can drop ingredients into a blender and press the “puree” button to make a cool-colored smoothie that might be healthier than they know!
The fruit and vegetable aisles at ShopRite are filled with produce items that have been gathered from nearly every corner of the globe. Don’t shy away from those exotic looking fruit and veggies, instead try something new! Most kids love playing the “game” of selecting a “mysterious” fruit while shopping in the aisles, and then experiment with it at home.
Most kids love “making” things – so let them get creative with foods that practically beg for toppings such as pizza (start with whole wheat dough and sauce, let them top it with whatever they like). For youngsters with a sweet tooth, why not start with a healthy yogurt, then give the kids the option to mix in some granola, fruits and all sorts of chopped up nuts.
This blog was provided by Diana Fransis, Retail Dietitian Supervisor at ShopRite. For more ideas and great healthy recipes to share with your kids, please visit ShopRite.com or stop in and speak with your local in-store retail dietitian.