Are you blessed with a picky eater? Or, do you have a child that seems to gobble everything up at daycare/school only to turn his/her nose at what YOU have cooking? Breezy Mama turned to Sara Hooper, Owner/Director of Mission Montessori to get ideas on what foods they serve to get your kid eating this summer.
What are the recommended vegetable and fruit servings for preschool age and what is your best recommendation on meeting these servings?
According to the National Network for Childcare, a preschool aged child’s diet should include 3-5, ¼ cup servings of vegetables and 2-4, ½ cup servings of fruit. Children are natural grazers, so offer fruits and vegetables at every meal and throughout the day. Keep portions child-sized and keep snacks healthy. Some ideas are blueberries, dried bananas and pumpkin breads. Smoothies (see recipe at bottom) are also a great way to pack lots of fruits (and even veggies) into your child’s diet. They are also fun to make and children love to help add fruit into the blender and push the button.
Do you have any recommendations on getting kids to try new foods?
Role model! If your children see you eating different types of foods they eventually will too. Children eat what they know. Keep food exciting and your children will have an adventurous pallet. If you only offer your children “kid foods” they will turn their noses on anything else.
I ran a pre-school in Irvine for almost 10-years. We had a very high population of Korean families. You should have seen the variety of foods the children brought in their lunches. A very popular lunch item was anchovies–the children gobbled them up, heads and all! [Read more…] about Fresh Food Ideas for Picky Eaters