Our nutrition is determined early on in our lives based upon the food we eat. Studies have shown that metabolism is both genetic and developed, meaning that our youth have a higher likelihood of battling otherwise bad genetics–or supporting good ones!–through physical exercise and early healthy eating habits.
Unfortunately, school lunches have been a widespread debate that has led to an overall sub-par youth dining experience. Slow Down for School Lunches looks how lunches could be improved in today’s K-12 industry.
As a parent, what can you do to improve the diet of your child?
If you have a child that’s picky about the healthy foods you put in front of him or her–veggies, fruits, and such–get them into the kitchen! A child will stubbornly refuse food set in front of them, but if they are part of the cooking / preparing process, it suddenly becomes an adventure to try a new food out.
Do creative things with healthy foods. I’ve read about how moms will make “beancicles” with frozen green beans and how parents make homemade dried fruits that children love as fruit snack substitute. Next time your child wants a fruit roll-up, get an organic FruitaBu smashed fruit and hand that to them instead.
Then there’s the sneaky method. Cook healthy things into your spaghetti sauce, pancake batter, and baked pies, and your children will be eating things they’d otherwise turn their noses up to. Offering undesirable fruits and vegetables in a juice form is also a proven success.
Last but not least, the old saying “Don’t play with your food” is one of the worst things imaginable–if food’s a game, it’s bound to get eaten! For younger children, make eating healthy something fun and it’ll become a much-loved recreation.