Thank you Juicy Juice for sponsoring this make food fun for kids chat.
One of the things I talk about with my friends often is how to get our kids to eat more varieties of foods. If I had to give one tip for getting kids to eat more varieties of foods, that tip is to make food fun for kids. You don’t have to be a food artist or a gourmet chef to get kids to try new foods.
7 Ways to Make Food Fun For Kids
You know the saying “eat the rainbow”? My kids love to say “mommy let’s eat some of the rainbow today” and trust me I make that happen when they ask. Eat the Rainbow is a fun name and my kids love making a song out of it.
Make “Fun” Foods
A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream Float that Zoe made on her own using Juicy Juice . We also make popsicles that include yummy and healthy ingredients.
Kids love fun shapes so fruit and veggie kebobs are a hit for us. Keep cookie cutters on hand to make fun shapes out of their mid day snacks or lunch.
Teach Kids The Good Stuff About Foods
Carrots are good for your eyes.
Greens like spinach and kale make you strong.
You get the picture. Teach kids the healthy benefits of the food they eat or the foods you want to get them to eat. Draw fun food pictures with them. Anything goes. Teach the good stuff and make it fun.
Kid Made Goodness
Let your kids get their hands “dirty” in the kitchen. From cracking eggs to measuring ingredients or pouring juice. When kids help out with food prep, they will feel accomplished and they will eat what they make. Last week I shared a fun picture of my kiddos holding the ingredients for their favorite green smoothie. We added 100% Juicy Juice Apple Juice to our smoothie that day (the recipe is in the photo caption). A little juice is fun and my kids say it’s a special treat.
Grow An Edible Garden
We are on year 3 of our edible garden. This will be our second in ground garden but we started out in containers. Grow colorful yet easy things that can be added to fun recipes. Easy things to grow like tomatoes (try different colors), cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries and herbs can all be done in containers.
Start With Something They Already Like
One of my favorite tips from Chef Jeff Mauro for the Juicy Juice #FlavorfulFun on getting kids to try new foods is to start with something your kids already like. Here’s a video of one of Chef Mauro’s recipes using Juicy Juice Tropical which is a favorite in his home.
How do you make food fun for kids in your home?