Combating Picky Eating Through Healthy Food Choices
Hello MIP patients and families,
Mercer Island Pediatrics is proud to sponsor a booth with kid’s activities at the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market this year!
I love this time of year not only because it brings a welcome change of season, but because of all the great fresh produce! Braving the exciting weather this past weekend, my father and I enjoyed the MI Farmer’s Market thoroughly. In addition to seeing our friends and neighbors, we brought home some fresh and delicious asparagus which our whole family enjoyed in a wonderful seafood paella.
Although my children are now in their teens and can fend for themselves at meal times, I remember the challenges of a picky eater well. What a fantastic opportunity our Farmer’s Market provides to teach kids about fresh ingredients for our meals. It’s a great way to help picky eaters by:
Including them in meal planning by helping choose foods from healthy options.
Including them in meal preparation which is an important life skill, great training to be a helpful member of the household.
Creating a sense of pride in what they selected and cooked for the family.
Teaching and learning about food (ask some of the Farmer’s Market vendors for their favorite recipes!) – knowing where a food comes from, how it is “created” and what it does for our body embraces the natural curiosity of childhood.
Going to a community farmers’ market illustrates all the important social aspects eating healthy fresh food includes. I especially enjoyed seeing the Girl Scouts collecting donations of fresh food for our MI Food Pantry!
Happy eating to all!