5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Positive Relationship with Food

This article and recipe were developed by McKenzie Hall, RDN and Lisa Samuel, RDN, consulting dietitians for the National Processed Raspberry Council.

Each and everyday, children have the opportunity to improve their health one meal or snack at a time. And while getting your child to eat more fruits and vegetables is certainly a (very) wonderful step in the right direction, long-term healthy habits require education and involvement. Here are 5 ways you can help to guide your child towards developing a positive relationship with food.

  1. Get ‘em Cooking! Getting kids in the kitchen is one of the very best ways to teach children about food. Ask them to help by washing the raspberries, stirring the batter, or kneading the dough. And don’t forget to take pictures! These are the moments you’ll treasure long after the meal is done.
  2. Think: Color. The United States Department of Agriculture advises that half (yes, half!) of your plate and your child’s plate be filled with fruits and/or vegetables. Bring your child along for your weekly trip to the grocery store or farmers market and count how many colors of fruits and vegetables you see. Make it a habit to fill your grocery cart with a few different colors of produce each week. And remember, canned, frozen and fresh varieties all count!
  3. Turn to Frozen. Turning to pre-washed and prepped frozen fruits and veggies is such a happy alternative to chopping and dicing your produce. Whats more, frozen fruits and veggies are picked and packaged at the peak of ripeness thus retaining most of their nutrients. Use frozen veggies for stir-fries, soups, slow cooker meals, or casseroles. Frozen fruits are great in overnight oats, smoothies, or as topping on yogurt.
  4. Keep It Simple. Healthy meals certainly don’t need to equate with laborious or time-consuming preparation. Some of the most nutritious and tastiest meals are as simple as can be! Together, you and your child can whip up a peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich or homemade fruit pizza on whole wheat pita bread.
  5. Be a Positive Role Model. The opportunity to make not-so-healthy choices is often knocking. But, like your child’s health, your own health deserves to be a top priority. Be kind to yourself with the foods you choose, by being active, and using positive self-talk. Your kids are always watching and listening and will learn from your choices and actions.

Inspired? Why not try out these tips with this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Raspberry Cheesecake!

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With autumn in full-swing and pumpkin season in full-force, this lightened up version of pumpkin cheesecake will be a hit in your household. In this particular recipe, Greek yogurt and … Get Recipe

 

 

 

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