Guest Blog: Eight Entertaining Ways to Teach Your Kids About Healthy Eating


By: Anne Mercado, our Guest Blogger this Week

Obesity rates among children are on the rise in both developed and developing countries, which is why teaching the value of healthy eating is needed now more than ever.

Remember how boring math or science classes were? You’d try hard to keep your eyes open but would succumb sleep’s call. Before you know it, you’d nod off into dream land.

Well, that’s probably how your child will feel if you start lecturing her on the benefits of eating right. However, that can be remedied! Want her to be more engaged? Use these tips below.
Here are 8 Entertaining Ways to Teach Your Kids About Healthy Eating:
1. Use printables or games to teach your kids about the 5 food groups

Free printables or interactive free games from Nourish Interactive should do the trick.

2. STAR of the week

Choose a veggie or fruit, list down 7 health benefits and teach your child about one for every day of the week. For older kids, you may also choose a food group to focus on each week.

3. Have veggie and fruit-themed activities

This can be an added activity for the previous number. Here’s how: look for activities (drawing or coloring), videos and pictures of your chosen STAR of the week for your kid. This should drill in the point and make for fun learning.

4. Play a game

Playnormous.com is site dedicated to teaching kids all about health. They have a game called Lunch Crunch that will help your child understand the concept of healthy eating basics such as fruits, non-fruits, vegetables, non-vegetables, etc. Oh, sign-up is free.

5. Silly Creatures

The best and most engaging activity you can do with your child is a live visual presentation on how the digestive system works. No cutting up of animals required especially if you have one of the Silly Creatures.

Dr. Deborah Gilboa of AskDoctorG.com uses K-BEU Dad plush toy to show her young patients what happens when food is eaten. Emphasis is placed on the importance eating, since the food goes into the digestive tract and gets absorbed by the body.

Your kid will love the idea of being able to see what happens after food is swallowed. She can even feed the toy and follow the “pebble” down to the very end of the digestive tract. This sure beats learning from a book or computer!

Feeding K-BEU Mom

Feeding K-BEU Mom

Exploring K-BEU Dad's digestive tract

Exploring K-BEU Dad's digestive tract


                         
6. Play food BINGO

If you have other kids around this is perfect. The first one to complete a row of the same food group or a balanced meal wins. For instructions on how to play food bingo, click on the link and scroll down towards the middle.

7. Create interesting healthy food

Instead of handing your kid plain old boring fruits, introduce them to new (and easy recipes) to encourage healthy eating.

How do Banana, honey ricotta and blueberry muffins sound?

8. Explain serving sizes in a clever way using simple objects

An article from EHow.com suggests to cut a tennis ball down the middle and present half of it to your child so she understands what a half cup serving looks like. Use dice to demonstrate that each piece is equivalent to 1 ounce.

You can teach your child about healthy eating by using a lot of creative ways. Of course by modeling good behavior and involving your kiddo in buying, preparing and cooking healthy meals, you pass on a valuable lesson to her: the importance health. This is one of the best ways to fight obesity.

Visit Anne Mercado’s blog at Green Eggs & Moms for more clever tips to keep moms with young kids SANE.

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22 responses to “Guest Blog: Eight Entertaining Ways to Teach Your Kids About Healthy Eating

  1. Cute ideas! Popping in late from VB M2R..

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  3. Such great suggestions!! I have always been very picky about what I buy and serve my kids and now they are returning the favor by becoming picky. They simply didn’t understand why Cheetos were not as good an option as almonds because they are so much more delicious. So, I recently sat with my 8 year old daughter and did some basic math (and I mean basic, not my forte) on calories and nutrients per serving size. We put the labels side by side, read the ingredients and did the math so she could see the difference. She was amazed (as was I) at the difference and has really made an effort to make better choices for herself since. It wasn’t fun, but it was helpful. Thanks again to Anne for some valuable tips!!

  4. Great tips! It’s good to start healthy eating habits early in life. Long term benefits are priceless.

  5. I think it’s amazing you sat down with your kid and taught her about food labels! My kiddo is a bit young for that but, Nourish Interactive has a free game on reading labels (http://www.nourishinteractive.com/kids/healthy-games/7-ride-the-food-label-game-nutrient-information). Isn’t technology great?

  6. Great tips! I loved the printables and will check out the games. Thanks!
    found you from VB

  7. Love these suggestions. I think we eat pretty healthy at our house, but these are just plain fun. I think I need to do more experimental cooking with new fruits/vegetables that they pick out. But man, those banana, honey, ricotta, blueberry muffins sound to die for. 🙂 And I love all the games. Brilliant!

  8. Creative and excellent ideas there. I hope I can get those tips to work on my daughter :).

  9. These are great suggestions. I’m going to tell my friends about them!
    Renee

  10. Lots of awesome ideas here! It’s always a challenge to not only teach our kids to eat healthy, but also to make it a life long habit! The earlier we start the better!

  11. Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life. Diet is often referred to as some dietary regimen for losing weight. However, diet simply means what food we eat in the course of a 24-hour, one week, or one month, etc. period. A good diet is a nutritional lifestyle that promotes good health. A good diet must include several food groups because one single group cannot provide everything a human needs for good health. ”

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  12. These are all great ideas to get kids to learn all about healthy foods and nutrition in a fun and interactive way. I will be putting these ideas into practice with my three children right away especially the Food Bingo. Great concept.

  13. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

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