has developed three Healthy Choice Lesson Kits. Ricky's Garden Adventure
(ages 4-6) includes a story coloring book that follows "Ricky"
as he explores a neighbor's garden. Health Protectors (ages 7 and up)
teaches about the health protecting properties of fruits, grains, legumes,
and vegetables. Our Planet on Your Fork (ages 13 and up) explores the
impact of food choices on the planet.
Grocery Store Treasure Hunt
your child or children to the grocery store. Challenge them to find
fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables that they have never tried before.
Create a spirit of excitement and adventure trying new plant-based foods
of all kinds. Children are naturally curious and love to play, so make
it into a game. You can do this each week. It will become a habit to
explore new fruits, grains, and vegetables.
Visit a Local Farm or Farmers market
type of outing will put children in touch with local surroundings and
create an awareness of how food is grown and sold in places other than
About Favorite Fruits and Veggies
your child or children about the fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables
that they like or dislike. Don't argue about the healthy aspects, but
rather listen to what they have to say. Ask them specific questions
about WHY they like or dislike certain foods. Ask them for ideas on
food preparation that might make these foods more appealing. You may
wish to start a list of all foods from these groups that they like.
Add to this list every time your family enjoys another healthy food.
your children to have a windowsill garden. Plant and water herbs, sprouts,
or an avocado seed.
Children Be Creative With Food
children build self-esteem and teach good eating habits by allowing
children to plan, prepare and serve simple nutritional snacks. For example,
create smiling faces using vegetables and butterflies using rice cakes,
or make frozen banas or applesauce. For
suggestions, click here.
about different cultures
your child to the library. Together choose a story they would like that
is set in a different world cultures. Read the story together. Then
prepare ethnic finger foods from that culture that you think your child
will enjoy (tacos from Mexico, spring rolls or wontons from China, etc.)
Help your child understand that this is the kind of food the main character
Replace some of the unhealthier plastic foods in toy kitchens with replicas
of fruits, vegetables, and loaves of bread. Better yet, replace the
unhealthy foods in your real refrigerator with plenty of fresh fruits
and vegetables. Lessons about healthy foods will "stick" more
when you eat healthy too!
the most important way that you can alter the lifetime eating habits
of your children is to model healthy habits yourself. The results may
not be seen for many years, but research has shown that parents have
the greatest overall influence on the attitudes and values of their
children. The way of life that you present will continue to influence
your children throughout their adulthood. Let them see your interest
in nutrition and in exploring the wonderful world of plant foods.
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