It’s the dreaded trip to the supermarket. Most of us try to avoid dragging the kids down the aisles; preferring to dart in and out during moments alone. Although it takes more work and time, the grocery store can be a great tool to teach kids how to make healthy choices.
Here are five ideas to get you started:
- Plan Ahead – Let kids help you plan meals for the week. Give them some healthy ideas and let them decide on the menu. They will take pride and ownership in selecting these ingredients at the store. Remember to write down all of the ingredients needed for each meal.
- Make it a game – Before you go, talk about how you want to see the shopping cart full of healthy foods. Download and print your OrganWise Grocery Shopping List for the kids, add the healthy foods you have brainstormed, and let them check off as they go.
- Experiment with new produce – Grocery stores typically have an assortment of fruits or vegetables that kids have never tried. So if that mango isn’t on your list, but the kids seem intrigued, buy one for them to taste test when you get home from the market!
- Show them the labels – Kids don’t need to know what everything on a label means, but they can start to grasp why 350 grams of sugar in their breakfast cereal is a bad choice.
- Find healthy treats – Purchase ingredients to explore some new treats such as a healthy banana split, a Greek yogurt parfait filled with berries and low-fat granola, or this stone fruit parfait!
Next time, instead of dreading a trip to the grocery store with kids, try these fun ideas to engage them and more than likely they will be better behaved than you thought they could be! Happy Shopping!