Kids love to be actively involved in doing stuff. So by giving them fun activity to do is a great way to teach them how to make healthy food choices. So check out these fun and exciting interactive tips to encourage kids to established routines that will remain with them throughout their life.
Tip #1: Grow Your Food
Get the kids interested in growing their own food and gardening. This doesn’t mean they are growing 2 acres of corn or harvesting tart cherries, but simply a small garden on the back deck or backyard. Plant the easy stuff like tomatoes, beans or maybe an indoor herb garden. The purpose this kid garden is not feed your family daily, but to get the kids to eat some of the freshly grown produce. You’ll be amazed how they’ll soon start watching the tomatoes ripen or the beans grown.
Tip #2: Start Fruit and Vegetable of the Week
A weekly schedule is a creative to get your kids to eat fruit and vegetables regularly. It also is a great way to introduce them to new foods. It’s simple to implement. All you need to do is select a fruit or vegetable at the beginning of the week and try to eat it throughout the week. For example, if you select carrots and apples. You could include raw carrots in the kid’s school lunch and cooked carrots with dinner. The chopped apples with peanut butter could be enjoyed as a quick after school snack. They also make an excellent side dish for dinner, too. Simply heat up a sauce pan, toss in the apples with a little brown sugar. Cook until they are softened and serve.
In addition to eating the fruits and vegetables of the week, teach about the natural health benefits of each particular food. For example, did you know that apples can help with asthma? Or tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin, they are can help with sleep. Learning little health facts, make it fun for the kids and also helps them to understand the importance of how fruit and vegetables help them stay healthy. Check out How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy post
Here is quick list to help get you started with your weekly calendar.
Weekly Schedule: Fruit and Vegetable Schedule
Fruitsof the Week
Vegetablesof the Week
- Beans – Fresh
- Bell Pepper
- Sweet Potato
Health Benefit Information
Fruits and vegetables are great sources vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy body in both adults and children. Teaching your kids about eating a balanced diet is vital to maintain a lifetime of good health.
Vitamin A Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy eyes and skin and may help to protect against infections. Excellent fruit and vegetable sources: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, collard greens, winter squash, cantaloupe, red peppers, Chinese cabbage
Vitamin C Vitamin C may help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. In addition to help the body heal minor cuts and wounds Excellent fruit and vegetable sources: red and green peppers, kiwi, strawberries, sweet potatoes, kale, cantaloupe, broccoli, pineapple, Brussels sprouts, oranges, mangoes, tomato juice, cauliflower
Tip #3: Daily Eating Checklists
Create healthy eating checklists daily. This will help you and your kids to better keep track of and manage healthy eating habits.
Here are just a few easy-to-use worksheets to help you started. Each checklist helps to keep track of how your household including fruits and vegetables into their daily meals.
- Health Eating Checklist – This will help you keep track of the type of foods your household consumes daily. Simply write down the fruit or vegetable each person enjoyed with each meal.
- Kids Healthy Meal Checklist – This is a great way to keep track of the food needed to buy for your weekly fruit and vegetable schedule.
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