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The grocery store is a great starting point to get kids interested in food, cooking and nutrition.38 Involve your child in planning meals and adding items to the grocery list. At the store, talk about how much food costs, where it comes from and howto make healthy choices. Teach them what food provides their body, for example dairy products such as yogurt provide calcium that contributes to the formation and normal development of bones and teeth. These tips can make your shopping experience more enjoyable: • Minimize stress. Timing is everything! Shop when the store isn’t busy. Don’t go when your child is tired or hungry. • Explore and experiment. Let your child pick a new vegetable or fruit in the produce section. • Ask for help. Have older children and teens help with reading food labels and comparing brands. • Set rules before you go. Have a plan to deal with requests for sweets and salty snacks you wouldn’t usually buy – and don’t give in! • Have fun! Make grocery shopping like a scavenger hunt for healthy foods. Give your child the list and apen to cross off items as they’re added to the cart. Bonus item!Take advantage of(…)

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Whether you have a large space or a corner in an apartment, setting up a playroom gives your kids a place to call their own—and a way to keep toys from taking over the house. Larger room offer more opportunity for different play centres (a kitchen area, a craft area), but even in a small space you can think along the same creative lines. Start with decorating—think about what colours and themes your kids like. Whether one wall or four, you could paint with bright tones, chalkboard paint or magnetic paint. You could decorate with wall stickers to create a dinosaur or underwater scene. You could also keep the wall a low-key colour to blend with the rest of the house but put up the kids’ favourite art to make that “nook” their own. Think about storage—not only will it keep your house tidy, but it will make finding things easier for the whole family. An old suitcase can hold dress-up clothes, tin cans can be covered with construction paper or felt to make pencil and marker holders. Get a few colourful boxes from a storage store and allocate them for different items like dolls, cars, stuffed animals. Label each(…)

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Parties are special events when treats and indulgences are allowed. That’s part of what makes them special, and they allow young and old alike to share a happy moment with a full belly and satisfied taste buds. When we have our little ones’ health in mind, we sometimes find ourselves torn between spoiling them with a treat or being responsible and serving them something healthy. Why not do both? A good strategy is to serve cake as the treat and round out snack time with healthy bites. Here are some ideas: Mexican Fiesta Homemade mini pita pizzas: whole-wheat pitas, tomato sauce or salsa, lean ground beef, bell peppers, olives, low-fat cheese. Grilled whole-wheat pita triangles with homemade salsa: cut pitas into triangles, brush lightly with olive oil, season to taste with herbs and bake at 350°F (180°C) for approximately 5–7 minutes. Corn soup shooters: get little plastic shot glasses to serve kiddie portions, no spoon required!   Fruity Summer Party Fresh fruit skewers with Danino yogurt dip: you could also drizzle melted dark chocolate over the fruit. Chocolate milk and berry smoothie: combine your choice of berries and chocolate milk in a blender and blend to the desired consistency. Add(…)

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Teaching kids to cook certainly requires a good dose of motivation, free time and patience. But the time and effort are not lost, because cooking with your kids has many advantages including sharing family traditions, discovering new foods, spending quality time together and developing creativity and organization skills, among other things. The benefits Start or continue teaching your kids about healthy eating. When cooking, you can explain to them why it is important for their health to eat lots of colourful fruits and vegetables that provide their bodies with fibre and vitamins, or milk products that are essential for proper development and healthy bones and teeth. Encourage picky eaters to try new foods and dishes. They are more likely to eat something if they prepared it themselves. Awaken and stimulate your kids’ senses of taste, smell and touch when preparing and tasting dishes. Incorporate blind taste and touch tests as a game. Your kids will ask for more! How to get them involved The first step is to choose a recipe that corresponds with your kids’ tastes and ages. Then pull out all the ingredients and measure them in advance if your kids are just starting out, so that all(…)

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