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Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Adventurous Eating

Did you know that it can take a child trying a food at least 10 times or more before they actually start to like it. Actually I think it’s more than that but my notes from a seminar that I just took on Preventing Childhood Obesity are under a sea of papers. The main thing that I want you to focus on is not giving up. Listed below are 3 tips that you can use in getting your child to eat healthfully. They are make food fun and be playful, prepare meals with your kids and introduce them to fruits and vegetables in different ways like books or  the internet as well as in real life.

Since the title of this post has to do with adventurous eating let’s start with this first. As a adults we don’t really go on adventures any more so we probably need to brush up on how to do it. What will help us is to look at it from the perspective of a child. To children an adventure means fun and expoloration. They do things solely for the experience of it. So to should we take this approach to eating. Try food art by arranging your food on the plate in the shape of a happy face or shapes that children are familiar with in school.

Children as are most adults are really influenced by the smell and look of food before they will even explore it so be sensitive to this. Bright vibrant colors are best so maybe you can serve some items in raw form.  Blending them in a blender and creating delicious smoothies are a way to get several servings of fruits and vegetables in you can also keep it in the refrigerator for later.

Cook in the kitchen with your children. When children prepare their own food they are more likely to eat it. You can show them how to cut safely by using plastic forks and working with items that are not so hard to cut like a banana or strawberries. Let them get plenty of practice. 

Take children to a farmers market or to the supermarket with the specific purpose to decide what new fruit or vegetable your family will try that day. The internet is a wonderful resource for recipes and finding out the names and the nutritional values of foods. You can introduce them to the fruits and vegetables here before going to the market.  Books are another great resource.

Try these suggestions . Do a little at a time and make sure you plan for these experiences  into your schedule. I would love to hear your experience.

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