MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 6 Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Real Food, Not Junk

January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Pomegranate Power!

Pomegranate Power!

How do you inspire kids to eat whole foods?

The two hardest parts to overcome are convenience and habit.

Here are 6 tips for getting your whole family into a healthier eating lifestyle.

1.  Flavor!

Believe it or not, kids love yummy food just as much as grown ups.  Start by making fun, flavorful dishes right in your own kitchen.  Have healthy, fresh snacks readily available – red pepper slices, cucumber circles, and homemade hummus, which is so easy to make.

[audio https://mommajam.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/mommajam012413.mp3] Click ARROW for AUDIO Replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM, Jan. 24, 2013.

2.  Explain Where Food Comes From

Teach kids how to cook and teach kids where food comes from:  is it imported from Italy, South America or California?  Explain to kids the difference between manufactured foods infused with chemicals and preservatives like hydrogenated trans fats, which are linked to cancer, versus fresh from your backyard garden, CSA or local, regional supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables like South Shore Organics.

Also discuss topics, such heritage cooking and whether a recipe is passed down from your family or certain region in the world.

3.  Use Cookbooks

Three cookbooks we suggest:

Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollencamp, a new overall cookbook that is a beautiful Cooking 101 Cookbook with family-friendly recipes.

Naptime Chef by Kelsey Banfield has easy recipes that busy moms can make while taking care of the kids.

Tyler Makes Pancakes by chef Tyler Florence is  fun book about where food comes from and culminates in making pancakes.

All of these are available at the Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury.

4.  Take Cooking Lessons

Take a family cooking lesson or let kids take their own lessons to learn basic skills, new recipes or new food genre.

The South Shore Seafood Exchange is teaching lessons on how to cook with fish on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Maritime Center in Scituate.  My favorite provider of fresh fruits and vegetables, South Shore Organics, will be there.

5.  Let Kids Loose in the Kitchen 

The part!?  Let kids loose in the kitchen.  Have kids create their dishes, recipes and shopping lists.   More advanced kids can even make a budget for their menu items to get a better understanding of how much food costs.

Project Idea:  Make a family cookbook with iPhone photos and everyone’s favorite recipes.  Kids love getting involved in a project and having them design and create their own cookbook or a family cookbook is a winner on many levels.

While creating your cookbook, your kitchen becomes a bonafide Test Kitchen.  This is a great way to get kids to try new foods.

6.  Have fun!  

Check out the MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM interview with top chef Denise Herrera from Burtons Grill to learn how to set up a your own turnover bar – it’s a fun segment packed with ideas for cooking with kids.

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

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