Tuesday, October 11, 2011



I have posted in the past about how my kids are picky eaters, especially Aidan.  Since the kids didn't have school on Monday, I tried to use this weekend as an educational opportunity about nutrition.  I took them to a local gourmet market/grocery store to talk about healthy choices and non-healthy choices.  The kids really loved it, so I thought I would share the concept... as I am sure some of you have picky eaters at home, too.

So, I took the kids to this particular grocery store because it carries mostly healthy brands of snacks, has a broad assortment of unusual fruits, offers tons of samples, and is more of an adventure than our regular boring grocery store.  Plus, they have tiny shopping carts, which the kids loved.  So, armed with their own carts, they got to pick out 4 things each--whatever they wanted--the only rule was that 3 had to be healthy and 1 non-healthy.  This store has lots of things in bulk, so they were able to try new foods, and then guess if they were healthy or not.  Aidan discovered he really likes all kinds of nuts, and Mia chose these adventuresome rosemary, nut, and raisin crackers, pictured above.  Of course, they picked candy corn and gummy worms, respectively, but it was overall a really fun way to educate the kids on moderation and making wise choices with what they eat.  It also lead to some interesting discussion, like Mia asking, "If we don't eat healthy, do we die?"  And Aidan's answer, "No, your teeth will bleed and then fall out."  Ha!  Anyway, it was a really good time, plus I got some berries and some lobster mac & cheese {a little healthy/non-healthy for mom, too!}  ;)


Anonymous said...

Omgosh, i loved this post, lol! "do we die if we don't eat healthy" lol!! Sweet Mia <3 What a good idea :)I am going to have to try this :) ~Prencie

Anonymous said...

Oh no :( That is never fun. My parents have gotten into this entire organic lifestyle change and I LOVE it! I've been trying little by little to buy organic foods but it does get pricey quick. We have cut ham completely out of our diet we mostly eat turkey and chicken with the no hormones & steriods, raised cage free....so forth and so on :)~Prencie

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

YAY for tiny shopping carts ;) We try to eat mostly organic, and vegetarian about 80% of the time. We're all feeling great!

Brianne-zam said...

love this idea jessica! thank you for sharing:) we are still adjusting to my husband's diagnosis of MS and trying to alter our eating to be healthier but i struggle with the 'buy what's ever at the closest grocery store' problem. i need to make an adventure of going to the healthier options.

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