There’s clearly not any one thing that you can do to guarantee your kids will become healthy eaters but there are lots of things you can do to create an environment for kids to develop a curiosity for and relationship with healthy foods. We’ll share our ideas on how you can do this in a four part series.
Introduction to Healthy Eaters 4 Part Series
How Do I Raise My Kids To Be Healthy Eaters
- Week 2: Karen Le Billon author of “Getting to Yum” will be sharing her tips tested on dozens of test families
- Week 3: Download our ‘Food Preferences Chart’ and reduce picky eating
- Week 4: Meal formulas that end short-order cooking
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How to Include Kids in The Kitchen
Ideas For Cooking With Kids
Author of “French Kids Eat everything” and “Getting to Yum,” Karen Le Billon shares her tips on training kids to love a variety of food.
Taste training is a hands-on, practical approach to food education that uses games, routines, progressive recipes (the ‘flavor ladder’) and fun activities to help children learn to like healthy foods. The underlying principle is that children can learn to eat well, just as they learn to read. The idea that taste can be taught is a hopeful, positive message. The goal is simple: children will enjoy eating healthy foods because they want to (not because they have to).
Of course, many food cultures — the French, the Italians, the Japanese, to name a few — have been practising their version of taste training for generations. It’s only recently that scientists and educators have studied the effects of taste training,and explained how and why it works so well.
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How to Manage and Solve Picky Eating
Raising healthy eaters is especially challenging when you’re up against picky eating. While we don’t have the powers to cure picky eating overnight, we’ve come up with 3 must-do’s for every parent hoping to help their kids embrace healthier foods. Find out what they are in the video below. This video is a must-watch, especially because we introduce a special downloadable tool that will make discovering vegetables a lot more fun for your kids and way less of a headache for you! Read More Here
Put An End To Short-Order Cooking
If your child(ren) has reached an age where he’s become somewhat picky about his meals, that’s quite normal according to psychologists. One of the most common suggestions is to present children with several options at the dinner table so they feel like they have some control over their eating decisions. Does that mean you should cook four separate meals every night? Gosh no! – that sounds pretty impossible for even the most avid cooks, let alone busy parents. One way to provide your child with options without spending your entire day cooking is to create meals with a ‘buffet’ of options that allow both adults and children to ‘personalize’ their meals.
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