Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids!

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Working as a nanny I have found that the most important thing to getting kids to eat healthy food is to start when they are young, and as they get older, making healthy food fun really helps them to stay on the right track. As parents and caregivers to the children in our lives, we are able to help pave a path that they can take and benefit from for the rest of their lives.

When working with infants I like to begin introducing solids with savory soft foods first like squashes and avocados and waiting before introducing sweeter foods like bananas and apples. Once they’ve acquired a taste and liking for sweet foods, it’s likely going to be harder to get them to eat their vegetables as well.

I’ve worked with a lot of infants and really young children over the years,Β and more recently have been working with older children as well, around the ages of 3-6. I am encouraged seeing how much kids really enjoy healthy food when they have the taste for it, when they get to participate in the preparation or be engaged with the food in some way while eating it and when it’s just fun. Kids always want to have fun, and this carries over into food. One way to make food fun is with the presentation and here are just a few protein and nutrient rich food ideas that I’ve used and had success with over the years. I will continue to add more with time. I do love these tasty treats and eat them regularly myself.

Almond butter is great of course because it is rich in protein. Apples, bananas and celery make for a great base, and cinnamon and honey are full of immune strengthening and anti-inflammatory properties.

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I set these up usually to allow the kids to have as much participation as possible, unless under a time constraint of course. They love topping the celery with either raisins or Goji berries. Apples and bananas with either cinnamon and/or honey, and on special occasions I even pull out the sprinkles. If there is something here you’ve tried before or plan to make, I will love to hear what other wonderful ideas you come up with!

Note: A fun trick to making something like a plain apple or banana fun to eat is to slice a few pieces and then put them back together. Sell it to the kids as ‘Puzzle’ fruit!

Bon Appetit and cheers to good health!

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14 thoughts on “Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids!

    1. O I’m so glad πŸ™‚ I really love working with kids and am passionate about empowering them and teaching them all healthy lifestyle choices so I will be sure to continue posting more ideas! πŸ™‚

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  1. You have a real photographer’s eye for pictures that are interesting, original and artistic. Love it. The idea about making puzzles out of food to get kids invested in their healty food … just brilliant.

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  2. When babysitting my cousins, we took them to an apple orchard to pick apples. I brought my juicer over so they could see how apple juice is made! They had fun helping put apples down the chute. Fun with kids & food πŸ™‚

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  3. Great and informative post! I really like the idea of getting them to acquire a taste for the savory soft foods before the sweet foods! Great ideas and very well written!

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