National Nutrition Month

Food and nutrition certainly seem to be in every headline that you see anymore and since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought I would share some resources and ideas for helping picky eaters try new (and hopefully healthy or healthier) foods.

Here are 3 of my favorite resources/ideas that just might help your picky eater turn into an eating explorer:

1. Do you get the Sesame Family newsletter? This newsletter has weekly columns, written by parents, featuring excellent, "from the trenches" tips. Last week's newsletter included an article titled No, Chocolate Isn't a Vegetable by Jordan Brown. Brown talked about the creativity, humor and persistence that it takes to persuade picky eaters to try new foods.
To sign up for the Sesame Family newsletter, go to the Email Newsletter Registration page. By signing up, you will receive weekly newsletters and also have access to the Sesame Family Newsletter archive, so you can search for any food topic that you want (or need)!

2. I am so happy that I discovered a series of childrens books by Saxton Freymann. With titles like How are You Peeling, Food for Thought, and Dog Food (plus 4 other fun titles), Freymann makes fruits and vegetables seem more personable and less intimidating- even parents will have fun reading these books! Visit Saxton Freymann's website for more information and to sneak a peek at these creative fruit and vegetable sculptures.

3. Sometimes you just have to be sneaky. On a whim, I picked up a copy of Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook Deceptively Delicious. Although I have yet to try any of the recipes, Seinfeld's book has many interesting recipes as well as tips for a happy and healthy mealtime. For more cookbooks like Deceptively Delicious, try:

The Art of Hiding Vegetables: Sneaky Ways to Feed Your Children Healthy Foods by Missy Chase Lapin
Sneaky Veggies: How to Get Vegetables Under the Radar & Into Your Family by Karen Bali and Sally J. Child

I hope that you find a way to celebrate National Nutrition Month with your kids and family- and remember, setting a good example is the best to show kids how to eat for a healthy life.