Monday, July 23, 2012

Healthy Habits in the Play Kitchen

Raising healthy kids, of course, starts in our own kitchens. Although it doesn't always happen, most times our kids will eat what we are eating. In our kitchen we have simple rules, we do not stock anything that we do not want our kids to eat. We don't buy anything with artificial colors or flavorings. We buy very minimal amount of things prepackaged in boxes. We try to always have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies available. My three year old daughter loves to replicate what I cook in her own play kitchen, one of her favorite toys This is a great opportunity to teach nutrition to little ones!

Thanks Mama has a full 'market' of play foods that can be used to show your little ones what is good food. Here is a dozen healthy staples and what you can tell your little one about each one:

Lemons: High in vitamin C - strengthens immune system, aids in digestion, prevents infection.
Bananas: High in potassium - great for nervous system, heart health, kidneys, and bones.
Cucumbers: High in vitamins A, C, and K - decreases inflammation, good for bone health, and helps lower blood pressure. 
Garlic: Packed with a variety of vitamins - strengthens immune system, promotes heart health, natural antibiotic. 
Radish: High in vitamins C and K - strengthens immune system, clears congestion, eliminates toxins. 
Tomato: High in potassium, folic acid, vitamins A, C, and E - reduces inflammation, great for bone and heart health.  
Carrots: High in vitamin A - improves vision, skin health, and promotes a healthy heart. 
Pears: High in vitamins C and K - promotes heart health, helps regulate bowel movements, boosts immune system. 
Apples: High in fiber and vitamin C - promotes heart health, bone health, aids in cancer prevention. 
Yellow Peppers: High in vitamins A and C - improves vision, promotes heart health, strengthens immune system.
Oranges: High in vitamin C and A - strengthens immune system, improves vision, promotes heart health.
Mushrooms: High in potassium, niacin, riboflavin, and selenium - eliminates toxins, strengthens immune system, fights infection. 

Actually, this abundance of vitamins is good for every part of our body, not just certain areas. Vitamins work together in combination to benefit our health. Kids have amazing memories and often they will remember things years later that they learned as a child. What they learn becomes part of them. While it is great to have kids with you in the real kitchen, cooking along side and helping you prepare real foods, it's also fun to let them play pretend - something they are naturally drawn to!

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