As a dietitian, food is my life. I spend much of my time helping people try new foods and improve their eating behaviors. (I love my job!) I especially enjoy working with parents. It’s a chance to show them how eating well with their kids can be fun and help build life long habits.
If there is only one piece of advice I have for all parents, it’s easy: serve fruits and vegetables often. So much of our food preferences are formed right at home. Kids learn to enjoy the tastes and flavors of a variety of foods when parents put them on the plate. It might take time to find out what your kids like and certain fruits and vegetables may fall in and out of favor, but it is always important to try. Enjoy healthy meals and snacks with your kids and everyone wins!
Avocados from Mexico is reaching out to parents with a similar important message. They have partnered with actress Holly Robinson Peete on a Public Service Announcement (PSA) inspiring adults to lead by example by making smart food choices their children can emulate. (watch the PSA now)
The goal of the PSA is to help reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by encouraging families to eat more fruits and vegetables. In the PSA, Holly, a mother of four, reminds adults that children observe and follow everything they do and can influence their children’s future eating and exercise habits.
I think Avocados from Mexico and Holly Robinson Peete’s message is an important one. Parents are the best role model for their kids. When it comes to nutrition, there are endless possibilities that the whole family can enjoy. Try snacks like frozen grapes, banana slices with almond butter, and open face whole wheat crackers with a slice of cheese and avocado.
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