The grocery store is a great starting point to get kids interested in food, cooking and nutrition. Involve your child in planning meals and making the grocery list. At the store, talk about how much food costs, where it comes from and how to make healthy choices.
Tips to make your shopping experience more enjoyable:
- Reduce stress. Timing is everything! Shop when the store isn’t too busy. Don’t go when your child is tired or hungry.
- Explore and experiment. Let your child pick a vegetable or fruit in the produce section.
- Ask for help. Have older children and teens help with reading food labels and comparing brands.
- Have fun! Make grocery shopping like a scavenger for healthy foods. Give your child the list and a pen to cross off items as they’re added to the cart.
Set rules before you go. Have a plan to deal with requests for sweets and salty snacks you wouldn’t usually buy – and don’t give in! Here are some suggestions for healthier choices:
- Unsalted nuts and seeds.
- Hummus. A nutritious, satisfying dip for crunchy vegetables or whole grain crackers.
- Whole grain cereal. Mix with dried fruit and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds for a healthier snack mix.
- Popcorn. Buy kernels in bulk and prepare in an air popper. Toss with a handful of peanuts and raisins.
- Edamame. Find this young green soybean in the frozen section. It’s a tasty snack you can nibble hot or cold.
Source: Dietitians of Canada. 2013. Nutrition Month Campaign Resource Manual for Dietitians
~ Contributed by:
Heather Torrie, Public Health Nutritionist
Sunrise Health Region