Nutrition Month 2018...
Unlocking the Potential of Food... this campaign is one of my favourites as although I am not a foodie (wish I were, and perhaps one day I might be). I do enjoy food, cooking and especially luv to bake... which is likely part of the reason my wonderful Mom steered me in the direction of dietetics.
One of my go to's in this years campaign is fostering healthy diet habits with children. I was a picky eater , well I tried so did my two sisters. We didn't get away with much but we certainly tried. And all too often I see children in my practice whose parents state "they won't eat anything'. 'they wont eat fruit and/ or vegetables ' 'they won't try anything.'.. leaving the parents to play short order cook making two and sometimes three meals. Isn't planning 7 dinner meals a week enough compared to double that trying to appease different preferences.?
The sooner children are exposed to every day choices as well as new tastes.. the easier meals are and the more fuel building nutrients in their day. From joining in the grocery shopping, (indeed, my son very often joined me for grocery shopping especially on Saturdays when the grocery store featured samples of different items); having kids help out with food preparation and cooking, the more likely that children will try new foods, consume the majority of their meal and families overall having happier meal times.
A few tips ...
Choosing recipes together empowers children- gives them a sense of worth, control if you will- that they are contributing . There are many online sites as well as books featuring cooking with kids; one particular series I often reference is the-looneyspoons-collection. There are so many great recipes with basic staples and fun recipe titles in addition to well researched nutrition information / tidbits.
Shopping for new vegetables and fruits - I often give my families a handout with an alphabetical listing that incorporates learning the ABCs, spelling, origin of various fruits and vegetables .
Keeping it fun - very often my son would help with dinner prep (yes, these little beings are quite capable ) . Kitchen helpers can be 2-3 years old washing fruit and vegetables; 3-4 years can mash potatoes or mix batters; 4-6 year olds can measure ingredients and set the table; 6-8 year olds can toss salad ingredients and make a simple breakfast. Again, the more they are exposed to foods, the more likely they will try them and feel empowered that they can be a 'foodie' helper . Let's not forget teens- quite able to prepare and assemble recipes and perhaps be delegated to make one meal a week. This year's campaign- http://nutritionmonth2018.ca also references making dinner theme nights, ' playing restaurant' or even the latest craze reality cooking shows ! . cookspiration is a great tool and of course has a App to download
So let's be a role model for our children, whether you are co-parenting or single parenting, fostering healthy eating and exercise habits in children is important in their physical and mental growth. I am happy to help you and your family 'unlock your food potential'.
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Thunder Bay, ON, Canada