Kids can have fun being active and eating right. Preparing them for a lifetime of healthy eating is possible by shopping smart, cooking healthy and having family meals together.
Shop smart. Take advantage of nature's abundance and purchase seasonal produce from local farmers at a farmers' market near you. A juicy peach or plum, sweet berries or a freshly picked corn-on-the-cob are packed with flavor and nutrients. Encourage children to select ingredients for family meals or snacks.
For a fun family outing and to find out what’s harvested seasonally in your area, click here to find a farmers market near you.
What is your favorite food to buy at your local farmers' market?
Cook healthy. Eat right with healthy recipes. Get children involved in planning and cooking healthy meals together. When kids are involved in planning and preparing healthy meals, they are more likely to try new foods. Click here to check out a few healthy recipes from Kids Eat Right.
Do you have a favorite recipe to share?
Role model healthy eating habits. When kids see parents and older siblings eating healthy and trying new foods, younger kids are more likely to follow. Eating family meals together, contributes to family health and bonding.
Start the school year off right! For more ideas and resources, click here to visit the Kids Eat Right web page.
Contributed by, Leslie Kay-Getzinger, MS RDRegional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services Company
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