13 Oct Tip #6 How to Get Kids Loving Healthy Food
Tip #6: Get Kids Involved
Cooking and preparing foods can be super fun. Throw a goofy apron on and get their hands in the dough! Make it like play time. It might get a bit messy but they will be way more eager to eat something they have prepared. How much more fun are making homemade sweet potato fries than pouring a frozen French fries. You can take that opportunity to explain the many health benefits of sweet potatoes. Each day pick one of the ingredients in the dish that you can share their health benefits.
Taking it one step further would be to have the child participate in growing the fruits and vegetables. Even if you only have room for a small planter in your window, the act of planting and watching things grow make eating it so much more fun! At the very least, you can have 5 little pots each with different herbs.
Emily Honeycutt makes the point that many kids are more motivated by concerns about animals, the environment, and social equity, so make sure to include those benefits of a plant-based diet as well. In her article she suggests…
“If they are old enough, your family can watch documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy together. In school from very early on, kids discuss ecological issues and talk about ways to take care of our planet. They focus on the maxim – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This is excellent. However, it may be that the most important thing we can do for the planet is to switch from a diet based around factory farmed animals and laced with chemical, pesticides, and antibiotics, to a diet based around whole and natural plant foods.
When we teach our kids to eat plants and organic foods instead of factory farmed meat and pesticide-laden foods, we are helping make a cleaner earth, and we are helping raise the next generation of kids to live with conscience and compassion.”
For her full article visit here.
Lots of love,