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Ready or not, as parents we’re the #1 influence on our children. Teaching our kids to prefer healthy foods now will pay dividends as they grow. Here are some tips to try:

  • Eat by example. When your kids see you eating organic fruits, veggies and whole grains, they’re more likely to want to eat them, too. Crunchy raw veggies make fun and yummy snacks, no matter what your age. And Earthbound can help with convenient organic snacks like Apple Slices, Mini Peeled Carrots and Dried Fruit (not to mention all our other organic goodies).
  • Shop as a team. There’s a lot that going shopping together can teach our kids about food and nutrition — talk about the foods you choose, and let your kids make their own healthy choices. Our friend Maria Rodale invented a game for her first-grader: she can pick out anything she wants in the food store if she can find the little green USDA Organic label on it. Instead of making shopping trips excruciating (and expensive), the game has become a source of fun and food pride for mom and daughter. (Check out Maria’s story about the game on her blog, Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.)
  • Open your kitchen. Recruit your kids to help prepare meals; many recipes have tasks that even young chefs can do. Let your kids make up new snacks with fresh ingredients, or make your own favorites — like our Healthy Trail Mixes — instead of buying them. The more your kids are involved with their food, the more they’ll be interested in trying new things and enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of their labor.
     

Try one (or more) of these tips and adapt them to what works for your family. Then share what you did — and what you learned!

Thanks to the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series from the USDA. Get more healthy eating tips at ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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