Get kids engaged in food purchase and preparation. Gardening; picking berries, apples, or other produce at “you-pick” farms, or visiting the local farmers markets or fruit stand can spark an interest in healthy foods. Or grow your own family garden. If your home doesn’t have appropriate space perhaps a pot-garden with a few vegetables or herbs could be a fun project for your children. Some neighborhoods have community gardens that you can rent for the summer where you can grow your own foods.
Invite children to participate in menu planning as well as cooking. Even very small children can help stir cold or room temperature items, or wash produce, or pour ingredients. These simple experiential lessons will often go a long way to promoting healthy eating habits and great family memories.
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