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Introducing Kids To ‘International’ Food (World Food Day)

In this day of persuasive advertising promoting unhealthy foods to our children, one of the hardest challenges any parent faces is how to  provide their child with nutritional options that are going to sustain them throughout their life. Children seem to prefer the unhealthy options over home-cooked food, so if you want to win the battle you need to find out why. Could  boredom have something to do with it?

Studies have shown that a child’s mind is stimulated by change(294) so why not give them the opportunity to experience something new to taste?

World Food Day on October 16th is a great way to get involved with your kids to start experiencing different tastes and aromas that could actually lead to healthier meal choices for you and your family.

So many different organisations take part in this October event, including schools and sporting groups. So get your child involved and encourage them to experience as much as they can.  Find out what foods and snacks they liked at the event and then utilise this information in your own kitchen.  Your children will love the change and the new meals you’ve prepared to tempt their tastebuds! School snacks can be daunting at the best of times and when you are short on minutes in the morning, it is really tempting to grab those muesli bars or individually baked biscuits and throw them in a lunch box. Hopefully, World Food Day will also open up some new snack recipe possibilities for you. Make the most of it and encourage your children to participate through their schools or sports organisations, and get involved trying different foods from different cultures.

 

-    Zoe

Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding. 

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