Healthy Children - August 2011


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I am Moving, I am Learning - Nutrition Nugget

Try It, You’ll Like It

It is important for children to eat a variety of foods to be healthy. If your child tries a new food once and does not like it, don’t be discouraged. Children 2-5 years of age are more likely to like new foods introduced to them if they have repeated exposure to the new foods. It may take as many as ten to fifteen tries before a child accepts a new food, so keep offering new foods and eventually your child may like it.

Try having a family rule around taking a “thank you” or “courtesy” bite. This practice encourages children to try new foods without negative consequences. Children are encouraged to always take at least one small bite of a new food. If they really don’t like it, they are permitted to spit the food into a napkin. Remember it may take ten to fifteen “trys” before the child likes the new food.

Healthy Recipe: Pita Pizza
1 whole wheat pita
1-2 tablespoons spaghetti or pizza sauce
1-2 tablespoons reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1-2 tablespoons each chopped vegetables, fruits, or cooked meat
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Spread pita bread with sauce
Add cheese and toppings of your choice
Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned and cheese is melted
Allow to cool slightly before eating
Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours


Try a variety of fruits and vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pineapple and tomato. | Reprinted with permission from Head Start Body Start.