What are some fun and easy ways to get kids motivated to get involved with their own nutrition?

That is an excellent question. Helping our youth learn about good nutrition is key in helping them to grow into healthy adults. Children that grow up in households where healthy cooking/nutrition is discussed will learn at an early age how important it is to eat well. The first thing I would recommend is getting them involved in grocery planning and shopping. Sit down and talk about foods and meals that the whole family enjoys and plan meals accordingly. Also think about meals that can lead to healthy leftovers for next day lunches. At the grocery store, challenge your kids to choose a new fruit or vegetable each week and let them decide which night it will be served. Explain to them the difference between whole wheat and white pasta, corn syrup and natural sugar, “good” vs. “not so good” fats, etc. Try to limit exposure to the “snack” food aisle and spend the majority of your time along the perimeter of the grocery store. Next, as much as possible, let every youngster get his/her hands dirty in the kitchen. Involve them in the dinner preparation by letting them wash produce, set the table, or (for older kids) chop up ingredients. During dinner point out and discuss the yummy flavors of the food. Challenge the kids to guess what spices were used in cooking. You may also plan a trip to the library with your kids. Look at kid friendly nutrition books and have discussion about the basics of good nutrition and the importance of physical activity.

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