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How to Teach Kids About Healthy Eating (And Have Fun at the Same Time!)


Eating healthy food can be a hard to sell to kids. When youngsters are constantly pandered sugared, salted and highly processed, addictive snacks, nutritious meals are often met with ‘ew,’ ‘yuck’ or ‘I don’t eat green things’. But with the right framing, eating healthy can become a fun and healthy habit they take into adulthood. Here are some fun and effective ways to convince kids that eating healthy is what all the cool kids do!

1. Give Food Personality

Fast food marketers have been using language to hawk their products to children for years, so why not use the same method with healthy food? Discuss the powers of the healthy food on the plate with the kids in your life, and personify each food with a superhero name, like like Broccoli Super Trees or Braniac Beans. Help your kids feel ownership over their meals by including their names in the presentation, like Kate’s Krispy Kale Salad or Oscar’s Outrageous Oatmeal.

2. Play With Your Food

Kids love to cook, so get them in the kitchen to make some delicious dishes! Kids won’t balk at five cups of spinach in the blender as long as they get to flip the switch or whir the fruit into a delicious green smoothie. Try freezing leftover smoothies into popsicles or delicious banana ice cream pops. Make happy face plates out of strategically placed food, or these adorable turtle shaped bread loaves. Show kids how to make popular Goldfish crackers the healthy way at home, or much healthier Eggplant Fries. Getting kids involved with kid-friendly food prep is a sure fire way to get them invested in the kinds of foods they eat!

3. Talk It Out

While you’re playing and revealing in the awesome power of healthy food, don’t forget to let kids know the dangers of processed junk food, too. It’s a tough job to fight the shiny, sparkly marketing to kids in the grocery store, but use the power of technology for good and make healthy food choices fun for kids with downloadable apps like Fooducate. Kids can scan product labels and Fooducate will grade each item for nutritional value. That cartoon character on the box won’t look so cool with a giant F score! Help kids trace the foods they eat back to it’s origins and point out that the easier it is to do, the healthier the food! Good food doesn’t have extensive ingredient lists!

4. Grow and Eat

A garden is one of the very best ways to get kids excited about eating healthy food! Try making a Parts of A Plant Salad, by letting kids select an edible root, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds from the garden. Chop them into a delicious salad with some light lemon/olive oil dressing and watch kids gobble it up!

Do you have any other tips for getting kids to eat healthy food while having fun in the process? Share in the comments!

 Image source: Woodley Wonder Works 

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12 comments on “How to Teach Kids About Healthy Eating (And Have Fun at the Same Time!)”

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Theresa Velazquez
3 Years Ago

Prevents childhood obesity and other illnesses.

Daniela Giorgi
3 Years Ago

yes, eating healthy is the best lesson they can receive from us! as well as, respect for environment! my mom made bread at 8 years old; if supervised, children should start young to learn how to cook!

Elaine Stine Eckenrode
3 Years Ago

Good bad idea the kid cooking

Rachel Schaffer
3 Years Ago


Marta Palermo
3 Years Ago


Jayme Aaron Fields
3 Years Ago

Courtney Langley Williams

Ebi Tskrialashvili
3 Years Ago

ყველამ დააყენეთ და გაიგეთ ვინ ესტუმრა თქვენს პროფილს <3 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=263710490505632

Lola Tortola
3 Years Ago

I teach Healthy Cooking classes to elementary school children during after care, but I first have to wait until they have their snack time,,,Cheetos, Doritos, Juice Boxes...YES, provided by the school.

Daniela Giorgi
12 Oct 2014

dear lola! schizoid behaviour in the US... school meals in Europe are healthier, thank God!

Paula Dambrink-van Aalst
3 Years Ago

Not funny. Kid can be hurt by fire

Twinkle-Heart Tracy Taylor
3 Years Ago

Kids should be taught healthy eating most definitely, and where there food comes from and how it is made, meditation would be good too.


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