Wednesday: Mid Week Ramblings—Don’t Dummy Down Your Kids Food!
I wish I could say I came up with the saying, “Don’t Dummy Down Your Kid’s Food” but alas someone said it on one of my favorite summertime reality TV shows, The Next Food Network Star.
But ya know, it is really something I live by. I refuse to “dummy down” my kids food.
One of my favorite TV programs that I TiVo and watch late at night is Everyday Food on PBS. They just had a fantastic episode that we have already made two recipes from. It was their Kid Friendly, Mom Approved Episode, these are not the typical “kid food recipes” and we loved both.
Cook with your kids! Introduce your children to many different foods, give them a head-start by helping them to have a developed palette.
And most importantly eat with your kids!
Judith Toews, nutritionist and co-author of “Raising Happy Healthy Weight Wise Kids” agrees. “When parents and children eat together, they’re not only more likely to enjoy a healthy variety of foods, but they’re also more likely to talk together and that makes such a difference to kids health and happiness. Families are so busy these days that sometimes a meal together means picking up something at the drive through on the way to a soccer game. If families aren’t sitting down and eating together, they’re less likely to know what’s happening with each other.”