The kitchen is the central gathering place in almost every home. At one point or another, you’re bound to bump into a family member. Whether at the refrigerator, stove, or pantry, the common need for nutrition makes kitchen locations a popular destination.
“The Kitchen Cabinet” offers tips for making a favorite place a healthier place such as putting healthy snacks in the front of the refrigerator or keeping fruits and vegetables in visible locations.
Parents can also take a tip from nutrition experts at Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) who know the best way to tempt young taste buds is to offer the first taste among fellow students, friends or family.
“Peer pressure, not parent pressure, often is just the encouragement kids need to try new foods,” says Justin K. Lewis, SNAP-Ed coordinator for the Genesee Intermediate School District.
GISD regularly hosts students’ tasting events with its Harvest of the Month program. Parents can use the same approach at home by inviting family friends over for afterschool snacks, appetizers or dinner.
Serve the desired dish and observe. “Kids tend to mimic their peers, so what one eats, they’ll eat too,” Lewis says.