I stumbled upon this cool activity that can visually teach your young one about why some foods are healthy and some are not: their fat content. I call it "Window to Weight Gain," because it reminds me of that episode of The Simpsons when Homer wants to gain weight really quickly so he can qualify for disability and get to work from home. The doctor advises him to put his food on a paper plate and check to see if the plate turns clear. If it does, that's Homer's window to weight gain!
Remember, the HBO documentary Weight of the Nation has revealed that heart disease begins in childhood! This is a great activity for helping kids create healthier habits that will prevent poor health later in life.
Yeah, we're also going to make our own crystals and mix up baking soda and vinegar and do leaf rubbings all old-school camp arts and crafts style this summer. But what kind of mom would I be if I didn't take the opportunity to get all preachy about nutrition? A bad one, that's what kind!
Kids are more receptive to healthy lifestyles than we think. Try this out with your kiddos and see where the conversation takes you. It might be towards more grapes and fewer chips!
Get out there and get healthy!