How to raise a healthy eater: Part 11

Welcome to the 11th installment of the healthy eater series. This post is going to discuss ways to make your trips to the grocery store fun for your kids.

before you go to the store…

  • let kids draw pictures of the foods on your shopping list
  • ask kids to help you decide between healthy options (apples vs pears)
  • give your child a small, healthy snack before going shopping
  • avoid shopping at naptime

at the store…

  • let your kids be “produce pickers”. Help them pick out fruits and veggies at the store
  • have your child help you search the aisles for the foods on your list and cross them off as you add them to the cart
  • ask your child to count the number of items you need (four apples, two cans of beans)
  • talk about the color, shape, and size of items you must buy
  • ask your child which plant or animal each food comes from, what sound the animal makes, and what the plant or animal looks like

back at home…

  • have your child help you put groceries away
  • discuss why certain foods are stored in the freezer, some in the refrigerator, and others in the pantry
  • at mealtime, remind kids about how they helped you find the foods you are eating
  • ask kids what they like about the color, texture, or shape of the foods

One last tip…

one last way to get your kids to get excited about going to the grocery store is to include them in meal making. tell them they can help choose and create a dish for dinner then let them pick out the ingredients while at the store. Children who are involved in the cooking/meal preparation process are more likely to eat what they helped make.

*Don’t forget to check out my other posts about raising a healthy eater which can be found under the ‘tips for raising healthy kids‘ tab

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3 thoughts on “How to raise a healthy eater: Part 11

  1. LOVE these suggestions. I’m involved in the same great adventure and there really are times that are easier than others to get them deeply involved in the food process. Like you I’ve found, however, that their involvement really does make a difference. My VERY picky daughter was willing to eat a dinner that I just KNOW she would have rejected a few days ago because she and her brother were VERY involved in making that food. So worth the extra supervision that may be required. Thanks for sharing!

    • I am so glad you enjoyed the post! I volunteered earlier this year at a fitness program geared at kids and one of the activities was involving the kids in cooking. Each week, a different recipe would be presented and each kid would get to make their own. at the start of each class, we would tell the kids that it is okay if they don’t like the food they are making but it is mandatory for them to at least try it. Every kid got a kick out of getting to make it all themselves and every kid tried and loved what they made. It was quite refreshing to see that. I’m glad you have also seen this work in your own kids! it is definitely worth the extra supervision. we want our kids to grow up healthy and this is definitely one way of ensuring that.

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