What dreams do you have for your kids? This question was asked of parents in different countries, including the United States, as a way to open a dialogue with them about the importance of good nutrition in positively influencing developmental and cognitive skills in children. Kids that are malnourished become underachievers. It makes it impossible for them to achieve their dreams. We shouldn’t think about just “feeding” our kids but about “nourishing” them. There are plenty of “calorie rich” foods, but what we want to offer our kids is” nutrient rich” food. You can be overweight and still malnourished. Best foods for nutrients? Simple, eat the rainbow. Veggies and fruits of different colors directly nourish little bodies. They nourish everyone. Let’s give those dreams a chance!
When was the last time you ate like a giant? I’m not talking about that huge bag of chips that magically disappeared during three episodes of SpongeBob. No, I mean that you changed up the size of your plate and utensils to big and you downsized the portions on your plate to tiny. Maybe 2 peas, 1 sweet potato fry and a morsel of roast chicken? I’m talking about the entire meal being slightly less than bite-size, all served on a big dinner plate with regular size utensils and a cloth napkin and perhaps a bottle cap of water or milk? Kids love seeing how many servings their giant size self can eat. Of course you have to make giant sounds as well. Fee fi, fo, fum I smell the blood of an Englishman.
You might find this article on tiny kitchens and tiny food inspiring 🙂
Kids have known this forever, but now grown-ups are finding out that playing with your food is actually really good for kids. At StickyLickits we know that kids have fun putting stickers they can eat on all sorts of fruit and veggies, then eating them. Children who act as if their meals are an art form are actually learning all kinds of things when they play. Seems that kids who played with their food were faster to learn words associated with food tastes and textures than kids who didn’t play. Toddlers, who mashed, poked, prodded, mushed, and even threw their food, were interacting more than other children with key developmental concepts.
Preschoolers who play with their food are more likely to try new things, eat a more varied diet and are less likely to develop a fear of tasting new things. A fresh solution for helping picky eaters to relax might be getting them involved in something messy like food art as well as using edible stickers to decorate their food. It’s a fun way for kids to try something new and be more adventurous in exploring food. Let the games begin!