Children are tomorrow’s leaders and their education and awareness of where food comes from can be an invaluable learning experience. Going through the Eat Local Challenge with your children can be a shared adventure. Below we have posted healthy eating tips for children. We will have an active “Locavore Kids” recipe forum during the Eat Local Challenge where we will be posting fun all local recipes for dishes kids love. We also encourage families to join the Crescent City Farmers Market “Marketeers Club” for more fresh food children activities. For more information email Amanda at email@example.com.
Here are 10 tips for getting your kids on the road to becoming a locavore:
Try something new.
Allow your child to try a new fruit or vegetable. Jicama! Zucchini! Bok choy! Mango! Papaya! These foods may sound silly, but they taste great and they’re good for you.
Do a taste test or a crunch test!
Dip carrots into three different flavors of low-fat dressing or try a crunch test with three different kinds of vegetables to see which vegetable crunches the loudest!
Play a game!
Guessing Game: Prepare several foods for your child to taste while he or she is blindfolded. See if your child can identify each food. Help your child use words to describe what he or she tastes, such as salty, sweet, crunchy, smooth, warm, cold, etc. Sorting Game: After grocery shopping, play a sorting game by grouping various fruits and vegetables by different categories – color, taste, texture, food group, etc.
Play “What can we make with this?”
Talk about how a certain fruit or vegetable, such an apple, is good for the body. Then, talk about the various foods they can make with an apple.
Where do foods come from?
With your child, visit a farm to explore where foods come from and how they grow. Can you try planting your own fruit and vegetable? How about a tomato?
Make a healthy snack.
Have your child pick a variety of fruits to make a fruit salad. As he/she adds each new fruit to the bowl, talk about the colors of each fruit and how they help the body stay healthy in different ways.
Names of food could be off-putting and sound downright unappetizing. Try naming the foods after their favorite super hero, cartoon or even celebrity. For example, a “Hannah Montana Smoothie” or “Spider Man Casserole.”