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27 Feb

Co-Feeding: How to Get Your Family Involved with Healthy Food

cookingfamilyJust about every week, I get emails from readers who are trying to get their kids on board with healthier eating. It’s easy enough for us to read about the health benefits of a particular way of life and then enact the changes necessary to attain them, but small kids are ruled by their immediate desires. That’s what makes being a kid so great. Rather than try to stifle that intrinsic part of their being and risk creating the unfortunate abomination known as a tiny, prepubescent, stressed-out adult, what if we could somehow work with their natural proclivities to make healthy food appealing? Wouldn’t that be awesome, effective, and far easier than fighting them?

A recent email from a reader gave me a great idea for making this a reality. She called it “co-feeding” (a la co-sleeping) and described it as getting the kids (and all other family members) involved with the shopping, cooking, and eating process. I thought this was a fantastic idea and figured I’d run with it.

After all, food has always been a social phenomenon. Cuisine itself is the transformation of raw dietary fuel – plants, animals, and their associated micro- and macronutrients – into food that appeals to human sensibilities. We cook food and follow recipes and pay attention to presentation and color and all that other stuff because other people are going to be eating it. Without people to appreciate and observe the sum total of a dish, it’s reduced to its base materials and, in my opinion, somewhat cheapened. To a hungry dog, curry is just a big pile of tasty calories (and future diarrhea, maybe). To a strict reductionist/nutritionist, it’s turmeric, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, beef broth, carrots, and onions (and you can go even further down the rabbit hole). To most people, it’s a delicious, rich, aromatic, invigorating, stimulating experience. And so food is about people. If we can involve our families with the food-making process, perhaps they’ll come to appreciate food and make healthier choices on their own, or at least buy into what you’re serving up. Because it’s not just you serving it up; they’re participating, too.

In the past, I’ve discussed the importance of mindful eating and how thinking about what you’re eating in the immediate moment and savoring the flavors, textures, and aromas change the perceived quality of the food and how you respond to it. When we consider food an afterthought, a side dish to whatever’s on TV or on our laptop, or whatever racing thoughts are coursing through our brains, we miss out. We look up from our stupor to find an empty plate, a full belly, and zero recollection of what we just ate. Did we even eat? Maybe there’s room for dessert after all… I digress.

Today, I’m going to throw out some tips and ideas for co-feeding with your family – for getting kids to learn to love real, Primal food just as much as you do. (And on Saturday we’ll have recipes that complement this blog post.) It won’t be a systematic step-by-step detailed outline. Families are too unique, and kids have different needs. I’m confident that everyone will find something useful, though.

Foraging

When foraging for food, parents don’t always have the luxury of leaving their spawn behind. And even if they do have that option, I don’t think they should take it, because it’s a golden opportunity to expose kids to real food.

Let them choose.

Kids (humans, really) like having a choice. When they can make a decision, they feel empowered. They are empowered. Yeah, they might grab the durian because it looks funny and has spikes, or want ten pounds of chicken feet because, well, they’re chicken feet, but so what? They’re getting invested in actual, real, Primal food (and you can make some awesome broth).

Stick to the perimeter.

Yeah, if you traipse down the cereal aisle, that gleaming hall of colorful toucans and cookie thieves and deliciously stale marshmallows, your kid is going to be grabbing junk left and right. The solution is simple: don’t go to the cereal aisle. For that matter, don’t go down any of the junk food aisles. Stick to the produce, the meat, the real food. That way, your kid will still be able to choose, but the choices available will be generally good.

Go to farmers markets.

Grocery stores pale in comparison to a bustling, vibrant farmers market. Where else can your kid be exposed to free-market competition, twenty kinds of kale, a guy selling sauerkraut juice shots, a hippy lady selling magic crystals, and produce with real dirt on it? Plus, farmers markets are generally bereft of junk as a rule.

Give them a basic framework, but let them fill out the details.

When you take your kid shopping, give them a framework for making decisions. Say “I need two green vegetables, two meats, a fruit or vegetable of every color, and a nut,” and then they take it from there.

Make a game out of it.

Tell your kid, or kids, that it’s up to them to come up with the perfect dish. Then, they have to go find all the requisite ingredients. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt, except you end up eating what you find. Let’s just hope they pick something edible. Winner gets a trophy and accolades, and the loser goes hungry for a night (kidding).

Preparation

Food must be prepared, especially if you want truly Primal food. Plus, as anyone who’s gone and stayed Primal can tell you, making your food forces you to appreciate that food. It’s more satisfying, fulfilling, and nourishing when it comes from your own hands. Kids (and people) may like taking the easy way out when it’s available, but if they literally get their hands dirty in the kitchen, they’re more likely to want to eat the food.

Work on kitchen skills one by one.

This isn’t a sprint, it’s Chronic Cardio. Start slow, and make sure your kids are adept at a skill before moving on to the next one. Skills include washing produce, whisking, beating eggs, emulsification, knife skills, spatula work, tong handling, seasoning, smashing garlic, egg separating, use of the stove and oven, sautéeing, grilling, and the list goes on and on.

Trust them.

Assuming they have full control of their opposable thumbs, functional nervous systems, and reasonable hand-eye coordination, let them cut things with actual sharp knives and handle hot pans. Start with forgiving items like romaine lettuce and celery and graduate to more tricky things like onions and five year-aged gouda. Oh, and even though it may go against your natural inclination, be sure that the sharp knives are truly sharp; dull knives are more likely to slip off the target food and end up in fingers and hands. Have the bandages and first aid ready, of course, because accidents do happen. Just know that accidents are rarely serious and ultimately end up being potent learning experiences. Regarding the pans, shy away from cast iron and stick to stainless until they’re strong enough to handle them adroitly.

Cede control of the spices.

If your kids are going to learn how spices, salt, and other additives affect the dish, let them add them and taste the result. After each addition, have them stir, have everyone take a taste, then report back with their impressions. Over time, they’ll learn what works and what doesn’t. That said, I wouldn’t exactly give them access to a tablespoon and a bag of saffron. Instead, give them a quarter teaspoon to mitigate the potential damage.

Clean as you go.

There’s nothing quite so demoralizing and off-putting as a kitchen in utter and total disrepair following a big meal. Kinda like how new drinkers often swear off booze after that first real hangover, first time cooks might swear off cooking if they have to clean the entire kitchen in one fell swoop. To combat this, clean stuff as you use it. Let’s face it: washing dishes is the worst. If you can break it up into bite sized pieces, it’s not nearly so bad. This is good advice for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, but it’s especially important for parents who want their kids to actually like (or at least tolerate) cooking.

Eating

This may be the hard part: actually getting your kids to eat the food with you. If you’ve got them cooking and shopping with you, you’ve at least got a head start.

Use your hands.

Kids are naturally inclined to eat with their hands, and I’m not convinced it’s all that awful. Choosing foods that work well with fingers will play to their desires. Ribs, drumsticks, lamb chops, cowboy ribeyes, carrots, broccoli, orange slices, cherry tomatoes are just a few examples. Heck, go ahead and eat chili with your hands if you want. Just be prepared for the massive cleanup job after.

Use fat.

A recent study just came out showing that adding fat to veggies helps kids learn to like them (it works on adults, too, I find, especially if you use butter). So, be sure to incorporate plenty of healthy fat in your meals.

Use variety.

You’re going to strike out once, twice, ten times. Eventually, though, you will find some foods your kids will eat and love. You’ll get into a groove, you’ll learn (and shape) their tastes, and things will get easier. But if you keep throwing the same five dishes at the wall that have yet to stick, nothing’s going to change and you’re only going to be frustrated.

When weaning a fussy babe, try keeping them on your lap.

They may not think they’re interested in whatever food you’re trying to get them to eat, but if they’re on your lap, food is constantly whizzing by their face only to be eaten with great relish by the person they look up to most of all: you. Be sure to make lots of smacking noises; make it obvious how much you’re enjoying it, and they’ll eventually want in on it. Watch the diner scene from When Harry Met Sally for an idea of what to do. This should work on kids of varying ages, too, although I wouldn’t recommend trying to place a sixteen year old on your knee.

If there’s one theme running through this post, it’s that people need to have a stake in their food. When you do that, when kids have a role in the decision-making, food-preparing, and cooking processes, they are far more likely to be interested in the end result: a healthy, Primal plate of food. Giving them a personal role in the process also makes them less likely to develop neuroses from having their desires imposed upon by an authority figure. Parents are the ultimate authority in the parent-child relationship, but it shouldn’t be a totalitarian regime that engenders rebellion and resentment.

What about you guys? What’s worked for you? What’s worked on you? Let’s get a nice compilation of tips going in the comments!

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  1. As a former fussy eater, I have to say that the trick of making lots of enjoyment noises/faces while eating in front of a picker eater really works – being on the receiving end (at age 28, thanks to a more adventurous boyfriend) helped get me curious about trying new foods, prior to that I was just too scared (probably from being forced to eat things I didn’t like when I was younger). I think it’s a slow process to get used to food when you’re an adult- some were easier than other (after 4 years of intermittently trying I’m still having trouble with fresh tomato), but happily eat it cooked.

    LISA wrote on February 27th, 2013
  2. Let them forage and graze FOR REAL. Plant a garden and let them pick and eat whatever they like, even they eat all the blossoms the first year and you dont get any squash. Join a CSA that lets you visit the farm, or go to a U-pick fruit farm. Take a foraging class and let your kids eat (unsprayed) weeds from the yard or carob pods off the neighbor’s tree. Kids love exploring, and having that direct hand-to-mouth experience with living plants makes food very real and very appealing.

    Anna wrote on February 27th, 2013
  3. My 7 year old is a starch fiend (just like his dad used to be) and just will not eat ANY vegetable or fruit. We have had total meltdowns trying to get him to eat 7 peas loaded with butter. Thankfully he likes meat and cheese. Any suggestions on getting a kid like this to eat something green???

    Steve wrote on February 27th, 2013
  4. These are all great comments and ideas. Will definitely check out the French kids book! I have some tips, having a 4 and 7 year old.
    -Just like an adult, make sure they don’t get too hungry. We’re all apt to crave those “fast” foods and less likely to hit the kale when starving. This can be much more often than you might think when they are growing fast.
    -Lead with the veggies. I learned this from my daycare provider. Have a good breakfast, no morning snack, set the veggies down first (alone) at lunch and watch the broccoli disappear.
    -If you can, have a garden! Even a cherry tomato in a pot will make them excited to eat them. Kids love to watch things grow!
    -Don’t give up! As Kristin said, parenting is not for the faint of heart. Keep at it and eventually it will take hold, even if it’s just a little at first.

    amy wrote on February 27th, 2013
  5. My fussy babes are 16 and 18, sitting on my lap not really an option. While I make those sounds that I am enjoying my primal meal, they are not amused or convinced. :)
    Still hoping for a break through and will try some of the other suggestions.
    Thanks Mark

    Misha wrote on February 27th, 2013
  6. If you don’t mind fooling your kids a little… I make a meat loaf that’s 3 lbs grass fed beef, mushrooms, onions, spinach, pumpkin puree, egg, and quinoa and ground flax meal. They love it. When I’m not fooling them we talk about eating from different colors. We live on an organic farm and have our own food sources right here, so they are surrounded by healthy choices, which does make it a bit easier.

    Mountain Diva wrote on February 27th, 2013
  7. Fantastic post, thank you.

    My 11yo requested last week, that she gets to make a meal every Saturday & we’re working on this. She loves coming to the farm shops with me too (although talking me into buffalo milk chocolate is part of the reason).

    7yo had primal tendencies from weaning, I weaned by letting him steal food off my plate. He has never liked pasta, rice or cous cous and is very ambivalent about potatoes. Persuading him bread has become an occasional treat is harder. A plate of meat/fish and veg is his ideal.
    If husband was not insistently vegetarian my cooking would be easy.

    Carol wrote on February 27th, 2013
  8. This works for “big” kids too! My son moved in with us (at almost 19), and the simple fact of no “SAD” foods (or us catering to his picky preferences) meant he either changed his picky eating habits, bought his own food, or starved! It has taken 18 months but he eats healthy foods, grates all his veggies into mince mixes, experiments with many meats, veggies, spics and herbs, & even juices veggies!! (I nearly keeled over in shock at that one!!) This was a meat & potato ONLY kid for years!! At least I never brought them up on lots of sugar or fast foods, so he does not have that habit to break. Just widened the net, lost the grains & bread and included veggies. YEAH!!

    Michelle wrote on February 27th, 2013
  9. I found this article really interesting read! It will be helping parents to be better parents.

    Munnu wrote on February 28th, 2013
  10. I love this post. The only way kids will learn is if we trust them to do more, the kitchen is a great place to start. Might as well do it while they are still young enough to be interested in doing things with their parents.

    sally wrote on February 28th, 2013
  11. Mark I L

    Heather wrote on February 28th, 2013
  12. I raised my kids this way, but now I have a new problem. They’re in high school and the school doesn’t have an cafeteria of it’s own so the students have to get lunch on ‘campus’. They know what the right choices are, and they have always had a moderate taste of junk food, but since they’re on thier own for lunch, they eat junk. I try to keep in mind that I grew up eating junk and learned the hard way how to do it right. They’ve had the right foundations (which you outlined here) so I HOPE they’ll come to thier senses someday and not continue to eat so much poison. It really drives me crazy though! Any suggestions for this situation? Keep in mind that taking a lunch in high school is NOT high on thier priority list, especially if they want to eat with thier friends… who all choose junk. There are too few enlightened teens in the world.

    Heather wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • Thinking back to when I taught high school…the only thing that my students liked better than just fitting in was standing out in an awesome way. So the cold boring lunch my young kids like wouldn’t really cut it with yours. Maybe if you send them with something really gourmet looking (even as a partial meal, they buy the rest). Pretty sure a kid who pulled a glorious ribeye and balsamic dressed field greens out of his lunch box would get some serious envy. (The steak knife in school might be a problem, but definitely send the cloth napkin ;-) This wouldn’t have to be every day, but could open the door to them bringing from home more often.

      Karen wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • Honestly, boring cold lunch is how I would deal with it unless they got a personal allowance or worked after school to earn their lunch money. Adults can make choices because they work. I don’t feel the need to personally fund a whole lot of junk food.

      Amy wrote on March 1st, 2013
  13. I´m going to try baby lead weaning when my baby is old enough for that. Hopefully that will make it easier for the future.

    Anna L wrote on February 28th, 2013
  14. I might have missed someone addressing, but I wonder how parents with young school-aged kids do it. There is always packing a primal meal of course, but it is difficult to keep things warm. Its really hard to compete with the “food” that schools offer. It is not healthy but it does taste good. My kiddo like warm meals, so I wonder how you all pack warm primal meals for lunch at school.

    Josh wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • Thermos makes a ‘Funtainer’ which is a short, wide thermos. Comes plain or in themes like Bakugan or Hello Kitty. I don’t use them often (my kids get cold lunches mostly).

      Karen wrote on February 28th, 2013
  15. This helps: we our 5yr old girl this or that food will make their hair grow more beautiful

    Alex wrote on February 28th, 2013
  16. It’s one thing when they are young and you can call broccoli trees, talk about dinosaur food, and make smiley faces….. I have a teen (with sensory issues -nothing can be chewy) who will only eat grains, potatoes, colored yogurt, fruits, a few raw veggies, and the occasional chik-fil-a nugget (and no other type of nugget period) and actually told me that I was ruining her life because I wouldn’t buy Hawaiian rolls. The minute she is out anywhere she loads up on sodas, cakes, etc . Can’t not have these things in the house because DH wants to eat them too and if I don’t buy them on sale he will go buy them at the most overpriced store he can find.

    Ami wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • do you think she may have sensory issues due to food allergies? have you ever had her tested? i had all kinds of sensory issues as a child and young adult, i am also allergic to quite a few things, although some of them have resolved over the years eating a clean diet. sometimes i think our body becomes so sensitive because it is on high alert, extra cortisol and histamine to defend against a constant onslaught of allergens, but that it also wants to keep that up as it becomes metabolically used to it. maybe she is avoiding these textures and foods because they are related to some disbiosis in the body?

      jessica rae wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • Have you tried beating your child with an old baguette?…

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on February 28th, 2013
      • LOL

        Amy wrote on March 1st, 2013
  17. to the farmers market! yes, please. as a grower on the other side of the table, i LOVE to see kids at the market, they are so fun to interact with and it makes me happy to think of the good influence their parents are making. even setting up a day to take kids out to a local natural farm or community garden if you have one that will do tours (some wont, dont be burnt, farm work is hard enough as it is, some farmers make time though) its great to get a group of kids together and let them explore and be involved in food production.

    jessica rae wrote on February 28th, 2013
  18. I explained to my kid that breakfast cereals weren’t really food…more like a treat, and on her birthdays she could pick a box of any one she wanted and I would buy it for her. She choose carefully, ate as much as she wanted, and a few weeks later I threw out the half eaten box. Now an adult, she is a health conscious primal, but not an ideologue.

    Rhonda wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • LOL! My son had a serious cereal habit–it’s easy, it’s quick, it’s tasty, what’s not to love? I wanted him to eat less cereal and I didn’t want it in the house (I *love* cereal and I’m sure I’m wearing about 15 pounds of it). I told him (quite honestly) that we were spending about $5 a week on cereal for him, and if he wanted to switch to eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, etc., then he could have that $5 a week in his allowance. He jumped at it. (And yes, I know oatmeal isn’t primal–it’s better than Special K with Red Berries.) Haven’t bought cereal since.

      Susan wrote on February 28th, 2013
      • Ohh – very nice solution. :)

        Amy wrote on March 1st, 2013
    • That’s funny about the cereals. We have this 6 month old box of rice krispies from family being over in the pantry. When my daughter sees it she just asks to make treats and doesn’t think of using it as a meal.

      joe wrote on February 28th, 2013
  19. Working on the 2 other adults in the house… Its a long slow road! I think I’d rather deal with the kids…

    Ginny B wrote on February 28th, 2013
  20. Hey Mark

    Great article. Lots of wonderful and practical tips! The one about letting them choose is big and I often remind people that the choice has to be fair game. Carrots or squash, apple or pear, chicken or other protein. So many people come to me and say my kid won’t eat vegetables and I say well what do you offer them and you would be blown away how many times they say cookie/cracker or vegetable/fruit. Well that is a no brainer if you think about it. Refined sugar is sweet and addictive, what do you think they will choose!!
    And yes, please use fat, good fats!! People are so scared of fat…..fat on veggies= better absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
    Thanks for a good read.

    Maggie Luther wrote on February 28th, 2013
  21. I love his post because I have a 7 yr old child with sensory processing disorder and an under responsive nervous system. He can’t feel food like we do in his mouth so it has to be crunchy, sour, spicy or through a straw. He WILL starve himself so I really hate when people say he won’t. He was malnourished last year because he could not/ would not eat. That being said, we have found that cooking the food himself is a tremendous help because then he is at least interested in it. He will only eat apples that he has picked from an orchard so growing a garden is so important for us. I can’t wait for school to be out so he can go to the farmer’s market and pick our meals for us. He is afraid of food so putting him in control really helps. He’s a bit old for the dinosaur food play but my toddler loves doing that. At 2, she peels produce, mixes ingredients, cracks eggs, etc. She has been burned once but she learned! I wish I had put my son in the kitchen sooner but my hope is that he will be completely paleo one day and his gut will heal so he can love food. Until then, he get’s bacon everyday for his after school snack!

    Stacey wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • I feel you. I just posted about my problems with a child with multiple food allergies and almost no interest in eating what she CAN eat. We can’t force her Paleo. She would end up malnourished.

      Kiachu wrote on March 1st, 2013
  22. “Co-eating”? “Co-sleeping?” What is wrong with this generation of self absorbed spendatrons that everything has to have a clever label and internetted philosophy?

    Doodz, this is what family life used to be before consumerism got hold of it and grunted out now multiple generations of people who think meat is murder and food is either a vast danger or a Pure Food Communion that’ll endow salvation from the struggles of the mortal coil.

    Family life means doing stuff together. Do you really need to read this on the internet?

    Let me sell you my transformative new philosophy of salvation and light: co-living! Yes! Believe it or not, there are people who share living arrangements with other human beings, and actually interact with them in that domestic setting! And by “interact with,” I don’t mean “text from the same room.”

    Yes, I know, these people are horrible horrible people–doing stuff together without screaming “me me me me!” Old fashioned, probably pickup-truck-driving bigots, or religious nut cases, or some other stereotype out of MSNBC. But really, it’s how everybody used to live!

    Also, just a hint, but every hour you spend on the internet is an hour you aren’t spending co-living. Yeah, radical but true.

    And finally, do you people REALLY indulge your kids so much that you have to build your entire lives around manipulating them into doing what they should be doing anyway? The rest of us are really going to love having to hire them later, or live near them–self-centered little schnooks who are accustomed to having every mood, whim, tantrum, and owie revolved around.

    In my house we have a rule: if you don’t like what’s on the table, go to your room, because there you will find the highly superior experience of being alone, and hungry. We got rid of all that nonsense when our kids were toddlers.

    Of course food isn’t the center of our lives, the Pure Food Communion Religion, the way it is hipsters’ and jet-set sustainability types. What we devote our energy, time, interaction, and cultural development to is outdoors activities, sports, our family’s business, work on our land, volunteering in the community, and making sure our friends, relations, and neighbors are well cared for.

    ugh, hipsters wrote on March 1st, 2013
    • For the most part I love this post. I am also often annoyed by the tinkering, life hacking and techno-gadget buying to fix every blessed detail of existence. I want to tell people to relax, take a breath and just live!

      However, two items occur to me: 1) Some people just can’t let things go. I don’t know if it’s OCD or control issues or what but some people just have to micromanage every single facet of their lives and the lives of those around them. This is just the way it is and I’ve learned to accept it and stay the heck away from those people.

      2) I really tried to have your philosophy about food with our kids and it worked fine for the first one but our second child has turned out to be very ‘picky’ in his eating, to a degree that I had previously thought impossible. Even at a ridiculously young age given the choice between eating a food that he wasn’t 100% sure about and not eating… he would rather not eat. He went to bed many times having refused dinner completely only to wake up in the middle of the night throwing up bile. So we switched tactics, there was no choice. We met him more than half way and worked him toward more foods slowly over time and it has worked beautifully. Now he’s eating more healthfully than he has ever done before but he still refuses some foods. I don’t know if he has super sensitive taste buds or what, I don’t care, what matters is getting him the nourishment he needs and if that means leaving out the chili pepper, I’m cool with it.

      Tim wrote on March 1st, 2013
  23. Unfortunately my child doesn’t like to eat in general and is allergic to so many things. Fish, Shellfish, Beef, Pork, Eggs, all forms of nuts, soy, corn, . We couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t poop good as soon as she was introduced to solid foods, mainly meat, in to her diet. She refuses orange(sweet) potatoes, almost all vegetables, fruits. We tried so many things and seen so many nutritionist, done so much research online. Put her on formulas they feed children in hospitals, I even started letting her actually pick out her own groceries and cook the meals with me and when we get down to eat she isn’t interested or she suddenly decides she doesn’t like what she picked out herself! Sesame Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, rice, and grits, Olive oils and chicken are just about all that is keeping her out of being in a hospital with a tube in her stomach. She is still underweight and small for her age. I was trying to slowly transition the family off of grain based meals for the past two years, but I gave up. I figure at her tender age keeping her fed and her weight on her was more important then trying to impose some dietary ideals.

    Kiachu wrote on March 1st, 2013
  24. I like how you suggested to make a gameout of it. I remember once when I was about 12 or 13 my mom had us all do a contest to see how much fruit (or was it vegetables) we could eat? She kept a tally in a book. I felt a sense of accomplishment choosing the food because I knew it was good, and I also got a point. And I did have of it to one-up my brother ;)

    Meagan wrote on March 1st, 2013
    • I meant did half of it :)

      Meagan wrote on March 1st, 2013
  25. This needs a Philosoraptor meme. Can a Primal-eating man be a breadwinner?

    Us Primal folks might need to come up with a better name for providing a family.

    Koen wrote on March 2nd, 2013
  26. Great ideas. I’m a personal trainer and it’s daunting to hear and see how powerful kids are in the decision making of their food choices. I think the biggest thing is showing kids how tasty fruits and vegetables are like using the ‘smacking’ technique just to show how much you like it. great post!

    Deron wrote on March 4th, 2013
  27. Our kids love to learn about how each food affects their body. Ever since we started giving them this information, I’ve seen two major changes. First, they are more inclined to eat a food if they know that it makes their eyes stronger, or their bones, or their skin healthier. Second, now they have a huge appetite for this information, and other information about health. My four and a half year old is constantly asking what part of her body a given food is helping. And she is telling grandma, “No, grandma, we don’t eat that. It’s not good for us.” Kids are naturally scientists–they are fascinated by the world around them and their bodies, and if you can feed this curiosity it also seems to feed their hunger for being healthy and strong, and therefore their hunger for healthy food.

    Chi wrote on March 4th, 2013
  28. Excellent post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Appreciate it!|

    Cheap Jumpers wrote on March 7th, 2013
  29. These are all such great ideas! Foraging can be so much fun, and really opens childrens’ eyes to how food works. We recently took my 6 year old daughter foraging for (yes!)stinging nettles, and we all had a great time. We’re making a country beer with our haul– naturally gluten free and healthy, while tasting like an IPA.
    Here’s an account of our foraging foray: http://and-here-we-are.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/foraging-for-nettles-its-fun.html

    Ariana wrote on March 8th, 2013
  30. I LOVE this article. My husband and I live this advice with our 5 year old.
    We live a fairly strict LCHF lifestyle and our kiddo does great with it.
    Our daughter loves her veggies. When we go to the store other shoppers chuckle when they hear her say things like ‘yay, broccoli!!!’ or ‘Can we get carrots?’. This makes me so proud!!!
    One of my favorite things she says in the cereal isle is ‘yuck, we don’t eat chocolate cereal for breakfast. that doesn’t make any sense’.
    I’m proud of my 5 year old and her smart food choices.
    Thanks for a great article!

    Tonia wrote on March 14th, 2013
  31. Last year we planted a garden as a family. Our kids learned how to till, rake, plant, water, weed, grow and eventually reap the rewards of their labors. It was very educational, and a bonding We let them each choose what seeds and plants they each wanted and they would take special care of. It was a fantastic experience in so many ways…AND the kids were actually excited and eager to each THEIR veggies! I highly recommend doing it! By the way, we don’t have the logistics to grow a garden in our own yard, so we joined a community garden and for $20 donation got a huge plot of land. It’s an all-organic spot, and we’ve made some great friends through the experience. This spring, we have decided to expand and grow more items, including beans & pumpkins.

    The Wife wrote on March 21st, 2013

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