Young children love to follow what their parents do. They are likely to copy your table manners, your likes and dislikes and your willingness to try new foods. Here are a few tips on how to be a healthy role model:
- Go shopping together. Grocery shopping is a perfect time to teach your child about food and nutrition. Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come from. Encourage your children to help select healthy foods from the store.
- Cook together. Provide opportunities for young children to help prepare meals and snacks. Not only is cooking a great way to spend time together but a wonderful time for teaching valuable skills in the kitchen.
- Keep things positive. Let your child see you enjoying new and healthy foods. Discourage your family members from making faces or negative comments about unfamiliar foods.
- Offer the same foods for everyone. Avoid being a “short-order cook” by making different dishes to please children. Short-order cooking teaches children they don’t have to be willing to try unfamiliar foods. It’s easier and less stressful to plan family meals when everyone eats the same thing.
- Set a good example for physical activity. Let them see you be active. Make play time, family time. Walk, run, and play with your child rather than sitting on the sidelines.
- 5 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 large bunch), gently rubbed under cold running water
- 1 red bell pepper, gently rubbed under cold running water and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
- Add broccoli, pepper, oil, lemon pepper and garlic to a self-sealing plastic bag; shake until ingredients are combined (or mix together in a bowl).
- Spread the mixture out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until vegetables are tender enough to pierce with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
- Calories 38
- Total Fat 2g
- Sodium 54mg
- Total Carbohydrates 5g
- Fiber 2g
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