Now that Westchester Health is part of Northwell Health and its physician organization, Northwell Health Physician Partners, we have greatly expanded our services to bring you and your family the best possible care. Best of all, this new relationship means that you now have access to the outstanding resources of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, the New York metropolitan area’s only hospital exclusively for children.
Check out this story about fresh ideas for getting your kids to try healthy, nutritious foods!
4 ways to make good food fun for kids
Foster lifelong wellness with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. For the nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong, children should fill at least half of their plates with colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Try these ideas to encourage your kids to expand their food choices in healthy ways:
1. Cool cut-outs: Slice open a bell pepper (green, red, yellow or orange), flatten it, then use cookie cutters to transform it into vivid stars, hand shapes, cars — you name it.
2. Flower power: Fill a silicone baking cup with fresh fruit or vegetable slices. Overlap a circle of the pieces on top so it looks like a bloom. Try clementine wedges or carrot, zucchini or radish “coins.”
3. Scrumptious skewers: Give kids a pile of fruit pieces, sliced carrots and cucumbers, and a few kabob sticks so they can create their own designs.
4. Roll-ups: Create wraps with fresh fruit and/or veggies and spread with guacamole, Greek yogurt or cream cheese.
Keep it up! Studies show that most children need multiple exposures (between 5 and 10) to try new food, so don’t give up the first time your child turns something down. And remember, to get your son or daughter to try new foods, you need to model healthy eating habits yourself.
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