About four years ago we implemented a fruit and vegetable only snack for the early learning center at my school. As leadership I often field questions from parents regarding our program and I have heard it every year, "That snack just won't work for my kid. They just refuse to eat fruits and vegetables."
A few weeks later I get, "How did you do it? What's your secret? How do you get them to eat fruits and vegetables?!?"
My top 5 Resources for helping kids to make good food choices
1. BrainPOP: Movies, quizzes, games and more
2. Meatless Monday: Recipes, community, videos & Campaigns
3. Open-Minded: A book that investigates kids taking action
4. Top Marks: Interactive white board games
5. Nutrition Explorations: Online games
Little D's Nutrition Expedition® nutrition program is designed for lower elementary students. To identify and classify foods into the Five Food Groups and identify the health benefit of each food group. Click on the image to play!
Arianna's Nutrition Expedition™ nutrition program is designed for upper elementary students. To identify and classify foods into the Five Food Groups, create nutritious Combination Foods and identify the health benefit of each food group. Click on the image to play!
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids.php Get all the games here.
So there is no real secret for getting kids to eat healthy. I model healthy eating habits and talk about when I have made bad choices. I provide a variety of fruits and veggies each day, teach the kids why it is important to eat that pesky tomato, tell them I love them and want them to be healthy, and more often than not, with persistence and consistency they eat it.
And the funny thing is...
they like it.