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How to get your fussy eaters interested in healthy food
Getting kids involved in cooking means they’ll be more likely to eat the results
Studies suggest children who eat meals with their parents have healthier eating habits than those who don’t. Families that eat together at home tend to consume fewer fast foods and more fruits, vegetables and legumes. Making meals at home also helps parents control the quality and quantity of food.
The easiest way to promote healthy eating and increase the frequency of meals at home is to get kids involved with the food preparation process and make it fun. Below are some tips to get kids on board during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A colourful plate will nourish young bodies with phytonutrients such as flavonoids, carotenoids and chlorophyll—all important for proper nutrition. Ask your kids to choose fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds representing the colours in a rainbow. Keeping track visually will help make sure all colours get eaten in a week, and it adds to the fun. Possibilities include:
Kids like to eat foods that are fun. Here’s how to inject more fun into healthy food—and make healthy food more fun to eat:
Get your kids involved in the food preparation process and they’ll be more likely to enjoy eating the results:
Vary the size, shape and assembly method to keep kids interested in their food:
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