You can get children interested in healthy eating with a little persistence and patience. Try these strategies to help the little ones in your lives:
Cook with your Kids! There are plenty of age appropriate ways to engage children in the kitchen. The benefit is that children who are involved in the the food preparation process are more likely to eat what they make.
For an added bonus, research shows that children who cook prefer fruits and vegetables more! To help you get started, check out this great resource for recipes, tips and more: www.thekidscookmonday.org
Talk about Food & Health - There seems to be a connection that the more children understand about how food can help their body, the more willingness there is to eat healthy foods.
Foods that help eyes: carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, yellow peppers, butternut squash, sweet corn
Foods that help blood vessels: blueberries, blackberries, black olives, grapes, eggplant, raisins
Foods that help heart health: apples, cherries, cranberries, red grapes, red peppers, pomegranates, strawberries, watermelon, beets
Pick-up fun books that talk about healthy eating habits like:
Sammy & Sax in the Land of Quinoa
The Berenstein Bears and Too Much Junk Food
Keep Trying! - It can take 10 times of trying a new taste or texture before we learn to like a food (this goes for kids and adults). If trial one doesn't go well, keep trying and overtime it is possible to develop a taste for new foods.