Nutrition, Food Revolution and Your Child
Perhaps you have seen the trailer for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution showing how he is trying to transform the way America’s children eat. In the trailer we see kids unable to identify a tomato, potato and other various fruit and vegetables. It is sad to watch, but the story doesn’t end there. Jamie is challenging all of us as individuals and as a family to live healthier lives. It’s not always easy to get children to eat their fruit and veggies when they would rather have cookies or chips. A few things can help make nutritious food more palatable for our kids and even ourselves!
- Let your children be part of the fruit & vegetable “decision making.” Let them pick out the fruit and vegetables when shopping.
- Assign different nights where your child can pick which vegetable will be served with dinner. This sort of “ownership” can help them feel more in “control” of their meal.
- Serve fruit with a non-fat or sugar-free yogurt as a dip.
- Make a healthy trail mix with raisins, cereal and nuts.
- Put chopped fruit into jello.
- Make fun shapes out of fruit and vegetables so your children will look forward to eating it.
- Give healthy “sweet” alternatives to candy and ice-cream. We liked this easy and healthy smoothie recipe as an alternative to ice-cream for kids & adults .
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 small banana
1/4 teaspoon honey (optional)
Place all the ingredients in a blender . Blend on high speed until smooth.
Will you be joining the Food Revolution? How do you get your children to eat their fruit and vegetables? Share your tips with us!