Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Fun Summer Foods for Kids

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."  
                                                                   -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dear Parents,

Say “guacamole” 10 times real fast while jumping up and down on one foot.  Can you pronounce “jicama”?  Have you made starfruit (carambola), strawberry, and kiwi kebobs?

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Making summertime memories and fun-filled adventures can be a challenge if you don’t plan.  Here are some ideas you can use to make this summer the best ever for your kids AND help them learn healthy eating habits on their terms:

  • Every week between now and when school starts, ask your kids to pick out one new fruit or vegetable when you go shopping together. 
  • Task the kids with researching what they choose, including its nutritional values, how to cut it up, and recipe ideas. 
  • Let the kids decide how to eat each new vegetable or fruit.  Can it be eaten raw or does it need to be cooked?  Can you use it in a salad or as a snack? 
  • Ask your kids to prepare a chart to track each week’s new treasure, what they made with it (if not eaten raw), and ask them to rate each item on a scale of “love it, it’s OK, or pass”.

Enjoy the summer.  Turn shopping trips into learning opportunities.  Go play! 

In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich

Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.