Allergies. Obesity. And Asthma.
Children are at risk for those health problems, and others, if they don’t eat properly.
As a parent, you might feel you’re fighting a losing battle. TV commercials push fast
food, sugary soft drinks, candy and junk food with empty calories–the same food your children’s
friends are eating. Don’t despair. You CAN teach children healthy
eating habits and make it fun. We’re Quality Catering for Kids and we’re here to help.
Here are tips on how to teach your kids about healthy food.
First, involve them. Ask for their input in menu planning. What
kinds of fruits and vegetables do they like best? Incorporate those into meals and snack
time. You can also let children help you cut food
coupons from newspapers and magazines. Steer them away from packaged food with lots of
additives and TOWARD low-fat, low-sugar items like a box of oatmeal or rice.
Another way to involve them is to search for recipes in cookbooks and on the Internet.
Ask your children what foods they like best, and try to find recipes that include their
favorites. Shop together. Drive home the point, again
and again, that the best food to make them strong and healthy is usually located on the
outer aisles. Let them help you set the table. And whenever
possible, involve them in cleaning up. Second, help kids identify healthy foods.
Offer variety. If they’ve never tasted a mango or guava, try it and see how they respond.
Offer washed and “ready to pick” fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator–great for
a quick snack. Provide whole-grain cookies, cereals, crackers and bread for fiber.
Fix snacks such as turkey sandwiches, cheese and crackers, yogurt and fruit, and broccoli
and dip. Keep reintroducing healthy foods Third, Teach Them
Show them nutrition books at the library and let them choose which ones to borrow.
Read them together. Talk about nutrition and why it’s important.
Then get crayons and paper, or colored pencils, and color together. Ask your child to draw
a “vegetable person” like Bridget Banana, one of Quality Catering’s Healthy Heroes.
Show your kids you’re excited to learn along with them.
Take the kids to our website at QualityCateringforKids.com and let them meet our 11 other “Healthy Heroes”
like Ben Broccoli , Carol Carrot and Owen Orange. They’re all in the lesson plans that
we’ve made available to teachers and parents, right at our website. Another fun way for
your kids to learn. That’s QualityCateringforKids.com. And please, comment on this video. How do
you teach kids to eat healthy?