I’m a firm believer in that old saying ‘you are what you eat’. A healthy diet is really important especially for growing children. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Nigella Lawson but I do strive to feed the family balanced meals with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Research has shown that teaching children at any early age about healthy food and where it comes from, has been really successful in allowing young people to make informed decisions about their diet as they get older. Here are some simple steps for making food fun!…..
1) Grow something – whether it’s something simple like cress or planting your own strawberries or runner beans. Getting children to grow their own food is an easy way of getting them to eat it too!
2) Cook something – getting used to being in a kitchen is great experience for children. Let them help cut vegetables (with a suitable child-friendly knife), explain about flavours and ingredients, then enjoy the fruits of your labour!
3) Eat together – positive messages about food are important. Sitting around a table to eat and seeing friends and family enjoying good food will mean the child associates positive thoughts when it comes to eating.
4) Go shopping together – start off by writing a list together, then explore the different isles and explain where different foods come from.
5) Visit a farm – seeing a working farm is a good way of introducing a child to food production. Contact with animals and understanding methods of farming creates a valuable insight into the world around them.
The first four steps are easy for families to achieve and when it comes to visiting a farm, a trip to Dairyland will do nicely. Children can learn about different plants, animals, and machinery and there’s even a working milking parlour so they can learn, not only where milk comes from, but the processes it goes through before being poured over their cereal in the morning!
Sounds yummy to me!