Help Your Children Make Healthy Choices - Make It Fun!
When you go to the grocery store,
“shop the perimeter” first. The outside
aisles are where you’ll usually
find fresh produce, healthy dairy
products (fat-free milk, yogurt, and
cheese), and fresh meats, chicken,
and fish. Fill your cart mostly with
those items, and then get what you
need from the middle of the store.
Build your own
Let your child get creative in the
kitchen, and they’ll be likely to eat the
results. They can make kebabs by threading
fruit (grapes, melon chunks) and lowfat
cheese cubes onto toothpicks. Put out
cookie cutters for her to cut sandwiches
into fun shapes. Or they could spread
peanut or almond butter on rice cakes,
apples, or bananas and decorate them
with raisins and nuts.
Stock the kitchen
Whatever is in the house is
what your youngster will eat—so
shop with that in mind. Get interesting
fruits and vegetables in different colors.
Buy mango or peach salsa, and let your
child dip in veggie sticks (carrot, celery,
jicama). Stock popcorn to air pop (rather
than getting less healthy microwave popcorn).
Then, offer them choices. They’ll
have a say in what they eat, but they’ll
be choosing only from healthy foods!