Most parents know how frustrating it can be to get your kids to eat well. When getting my son to eat all of his fruits and vegetables became a challenge, I had to get creative. First, I made a treasure map with different fruits and vegetables and I took him to the supermarket so he could “hunt” for the treasures (fruits & veggies). When we got home, I told him that we were going to play a game called “Describe the Taste” and he was anxious to learn more about it.
To play the game, he had to taste as many fruits and vegetables as possible and give me a description of what he liked or disliked about each one. He seemed reluctant at first, so I started tasting some of the foods while giving him a description of their taste and I was able to grab his attention. He started tasting each one and he truly enjoyed discovering new flavors. I gave him a small prize (piñata fillers) for each description and he told me he was looking forward to playing the game again.
Once we found the fruits and vegetables he liked best, I started to decorate his plates to make them look fun. That is how Fun Meals 4 Kids got started and I am thrilled to share it with you!
If you look at my pictures, is quite obvious that they are not professional images made by designers using high-tech equipment. Yet, these Fun Meals are attractive enough to grab the attention of your little ones and encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables.
I try to keep my dishes simple so they are fast and easy to recreate. You don't need to be an artist and I can guarantee that your kids will enjoy them. Now, don’t expect that they’ll eat everything you serve them just because it looks fun.
You’ll need to be patient because it may take a few attempts to find their favorite foods, but your efforts will payoff at the end. The secret is to keep trying until you find the fruits and vegetables your kids like the most. However, it’s also important to get them involved as much as possible. Doing so, will develop their interest and it will help you integrate a healthy diet into their daily routine.
I hope you use some of my ideas to make these and other fun dishes for the kids in your life. They are VERY easy to make and quite inexpensive, all you need to add is LOVE.
FYI – These dishes are made with my son's favorite foods, but you can use other fruits and vegetables to make these Fun Meals or you can create your own. The possibilities are endless and the rewards, priceless!
Gabriela’s struggle with obesity introduced her to the world of nutrition and encouraged her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness so she could help others live healthier and happier lives. Today, she is pursuing her passion by devoting her free time to causes that promote nutrition education and healthy lifestyles. Gabriela is currently serving as a volunteer for Dr. Fuhrman’s nonprofit organization, the Nutritional Research Foundation. Their mission is to conduct clinical research to study diet styles designed for their disease-preventing and disease-reversing properties.