Tips for Diversifying Children's Diets

 

  • Get children involved in the kitchen

    • Wash fruit and vegetables

    • Measure ingredients

    • Tear lettuce for salad

    • Cut vegetables

    • Help set table

 

  • Let children help in planning the meals

 

  • Take children grocery shopping at the store or farmer’s market

 

  • Add healthy foods when you can (i.e. broccoli to mac and cheese)

 

  • Don’t buy food you don’t want your children to eat

 

  • Make meals fun

    • Use cookie cutters for varying shapes

    • Offer “taco night” model meals

    • Toothpicks/party picks

    • Food art

    • Use an ice cream scooper to serve rice, mashed potatoes

 

  • Keep healthy snacks convenient and accessible

 

  • Eat meals as a family

 

  • Let children make a beautiful vegetable platter to serve

 

  • Use dips- ie. Bean dip, guacamole, hummus