5 ways to encourage heathy eating this summer.

5 ways to encourage heathy eating this summer.

The countdown is on! Summer is right around the corner. With the kids out of school, there might be a lot more activity in your kitchen! A little preparation can go a long way to help your kids eat healthy (most of the time) all summer long. 

Start off on the right foot, since it's a lot easier to set some parameters from the beginning, than to try and implement them mid-summer. 

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If at first you don't succeed try, try again!

If at first you don't succeed try, try again!

There's no better time of year to try, so I've included a list of my favorite spots to get the freshest possible produce into your child's hands!

Who hasn't heard the words try, try again?  I think they aptly apply to getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables!  Studies show that it can take as many as 10-15 tries before a child starts to like a particular fruit or vegetable.  

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What are 6 parts of the plant that we eat? Stems? Flowers? What else?

What are 6 parts of the plant that we eat? Stems? Flowers? What else?

I had a great time in several classrooms this week, talking about the different parts of the plant that we eat.  Flowers? yes. Stems? yes. Seeds? yes. And the leaves, roots, and fruit too! Here's a quick overview in case you want to quiz the kids:

Learn how we explored roots, stems, leaves, seed, flowers and fruit!

 

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    5 fun ways to create science in the kitchen!

    5 fun ways to create science in the kitchen!

    With edible results of course!

    This past Sunday, I taught a cooking class where we made homemade ricotta to use in our lasagna.  It was simple, it took less than an hour, and the kids thought that it was really cool! As I think back a few years, I've had similar "ah-ha science" moments when cooking with my kids. Here are five favorites that don't require a lot of time, ingredients, or money to recreate in your kitchen!

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      The single most important thing to read when you buy packaged food...

      The single most important thing to read when you buy packaged food...

      ...is the ingredient statement.

      Packaged food is a trillion (with a T) dollar industry. The manufacturer of that pretty little package wants you to purchase it. So it's going to look good. The manufacturer is going to highlight all of it's attributes. They will tell you it's benefits and maybe even the stuff it left out. They might even vie for your kids attention by showcasing their favorite characters, songs, or TV shows. But how do you know what that product is really made of?  

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