Kid health: entice picky eaters with themed meals
Instead of walking aimlessly through the isles of the super market to try and find something new to try, theme your meal around an entire color, culture, or style. Even eating your standard meals can be more fun with a little creativity.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Everything on your plate must come from the same color family. An orange menu could include macaroni and cheese, carrot sticks and orange slices.
Pick two world regions and fuse them together in one fun meal. Chinese-Italian night might feature spaghetti, green salad and a fortune cookie - all eaten with chopsticks!
Start with a pudding cup and work your way back, ending with a salad served in a parfait glass with ranch dressing for whipped cream and a cherry tomato for the cherry.
Serve every course as a kebab. Make a skewered salad with chunks of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, peppers and olives. Skewered meat and vegetables make up the main course. Top it off with a fruit kebab for dessert!
Peggy Norman, MS, RD, CDE is a Program Coordinator/Registered Dietitian with the Mary Bridge Pediatric Weight and Wellness Program. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is committed to helping every child live an active and healthy life. The program, for ages 6-17, provides access to specialists and health care professionals who can expertise in helping families make healthy changes. The program’s holistic approach can result in lasting improvements in your child’s health and quality of life.
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