Get Set to Eat Fresh
Inspired by its Get Set to Eat Fresh healthy eating education programme, supermarket Aldi has shared its top tips for helping parents inspire their kids to eat healthily, so the whole family can eat well and feel good during lockdown.
Aldi's top tips include understanding the importance of 'tummy power', eating the rainbow, experimenting with edible art, and eating five-a-day, and the supermarket has inspiration aplenty for how to get more creative with mealtimes.
It’s important to understand that your child is their very own well-oiled machine; what goes in will determine what comes out. Their young tummies are at the core of their energy production system – establishing everything from how happy they are to how high they're able to jump.
You can start this by ensuring fresh vegetables such as bell peppers are incorporated into everyday meals, so eating fresh becomes a routine. Secondly, sit down with your little one and share bite-sized facts about which foods will best help them to run, dance and play. Finally, youngsters love imitating adults, so why not teach yours the value of eating fresh by showing them! Pile your plate high with leafy greens next mealtime and watch as your little one copies.
Take a look at Aldi's Team GB content series at www.youtube.com/AldiUK to show them what's really possible when they eat their greens!
Eat the Rainbow
The rainbow has become a recognised symbol of hope nationwide; little hands have been busy drawing rainbows to show support for others during the coronavirus lockdown. For a bright idea, Aldi suggests asking your youngster to eat the rainbow and unlock all the colour on their plates! Can they perfectly match the rich red of the top of the rainbow to their favourite fruit? Does the glowing green centre resemble their most liked vegetable?
Override your fussy eater's taste buds by creating a magical plate of goodness that even the pickiest of kids won't be able to pass up. Mealtimes can be made much more vibrant by creating fun, memorable scenes out of what's put on their plates. Why not create a sublimely sunny beach scene with a striking combination of yellow peppers and pineapple, or transport them to a lush, leafy field using scrumptious salad and curly kale?
Support your little one in keeping healthy by reminding them of the five-a-day rule of thumb. If your standard “An apple a day…” doesn’t work on your kids, make it more fun by comparing fruit to their favourite objects. Instead of an orange, it’s an Olympic gold medal! Before you know it, they’ll be reaching their daily intake with ease.
• Orange – Olympic Gold Medal
• Green Apple – Tennis Ball
• Banana – Yellow Taekwondo Belt
• Pineapple Rings – Bike Wheels
• Pear – Badminton Shuttlecock
So, there you have it, Aldi’s top tips and tricks so you can help the apple of your eye to understand the importance of eating healthily next mealtime.