Posted on 08/15/2017 at 12:28 PM by YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Many kids have strong opinions about food, including which ingredients they love or loathe. And studies show that giving them control over their eating decisions can make kids more cooperative and promote mindful, healthy decisions.
With more free time on their hands, summer is an ideal time to teach kids how to prepare their own meals and snacks. Creating food prep activities that put kids in control can teach them independence and reinforce healthy eating.
One effective way to allow kids to make their own healthy choices while adhering to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards is to set up do-it-yourself “Choice Bars.” These are stations where kids get to pick and choose how they want to assemble their healthy meal.
HEPA standards require:
Here are three easy interactive HEPA-approved options, no cooking required:
Allowing kids to start off their day with a do-it-yourself yogurt or smoothie bowl station can get kids active and engaged with a healthy mindset from the start. Items to include:
Salads are a great way to deliver a healthy serving of vegetables, but they’re not always exciting. Letting kids choose what’s in or out of their salad can get them more on board. Here are some ideas for your bar:
Letting kids recharge with a build-your-own trail mix bar can get them fueled for the next activity. Let them fill their bags, bowls or cups with any of the following:
Content courtesy of Jane Albin and YMCA of the USA