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Nutrition for Picky Eaters - Tap Your inner Artist!

March 21, 2013

Did you know that March is Nutrition Awareness Month?
Added to March Break, St Patrick’s Day, International Women’s Day and Daylight Savings, March is a very busy month! March nutrition campaigns are meant to show us the importance of healthy eating and the positive impact nutrition has on our health and well-being. However, while we may understand the importance of eating healthy it can be much more difficult to convince our kids that healthy eating is important

Before joining the team here at SoYoung I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work abroad in Scotland as a Nanny for two boys, ages 4 and 6. As adorable as the boys were they could definitely be very picky when it came to their food! As I am a firm believer in providing healthy snacks for kids, it was often a challenge convincing the boys that apple slices and carrot sticks could make for a great snack.

One thing that I found helped was the way in which I presented their snacks.
Putting carrot sticks on a plate for the kids always lead to the boys fussing about how they didn’t want carrots for snack – they would have much preferred “biscuits” (as they say on the other side of the pond!). However, if I used carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, grapes and cheese slices to make the shape of a funny face or their favourite animal or dinosaur they would happily eat it and get creative themselves changing the picture as they ate more of it. 

Imagine their delight at finding this Angry Birds themed sandwich staring back at them at lunch! 
This works with the food and snacks that goes into their lunch boxes as well. As a kid, opening your lunch box at school to find a sandwich is not nearly as fun as opening your lunch box at school to find a car, boat or star shaped sandwich.  Imagine their delight at finding this Angry Birds themed sandwich staring back at them at lunch time! This can easily be done using different cookie cutters by pressing the shapes into their sandwiches, just as you would with cookie dough, and peeling away the remaining bits outside of the shape. If you have tiny cookie cutters you can even press them into snacks such as cheese slices to make new and exciting shapes. It is always a challenge finding ways to feed little ones nutritious snacks but sometimes putting a new spin on a simple, healthy snack can do the trick!

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