Are you looking for ways to add variety to your kids’ meals? Maybe even something a little more exciting? In this podcast, Jennifer Tyler Lee talks about fun ways to boost our kids’ food variety that work.
A mom of two, Jennifer Tyler Lee is the author of The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year and the creator of the award-winning series of healthy-eating games, Crunch a Color. Her family cooking adventures have been featured by Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, Laurie David, Pottery Barn Kids, and Whole Foods.
She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a regular contributor to the James Beard award-winning magazine, Edible. Tune in to her delicious recipes and weekly tips at 52NewFoods.com.
In today’s podcast, you’ll love that Jennifer understands how difficult it can be to introduce new foods to our kids. She also provides suggestions on how to make food interesting and fun for them.
Her game, Crunch a Color, was born out of a desire to help her own children enjoy and have fun trying new foods. It’s a card game where kids earn points for eating a balanced and colorful meal, and they get bonus points for trying new foods and having good manners.
We know what to do. We know how to make healthy meals. But how do we get the kids to eat the foods we make? Jennifer has some really specific ideas on how to make that happen. She explains that cuing into what motivates your child goes a long way toward encouraging them to try new foods and to want to eat healthy meals, and that exploring new foods doesn’t start with cooking them.
Lots of people worry that buying fresh fruits and vegetables is more expensive than buying processed food. Jennifer says it doesn’t have to be, and tells us why. One of her brilliant suggestions is to “merchandise” our refrigerators, and she explains what that means and how to do it.
She also tells us how she made small steps toward moving away from packaged foods by replacing one thing at a time with homemade versions. She reminds us that taking small steps paves the way for big changes. Jennifer mentioned a few recipes she developed that she is particularly excited about. Those recipes, along with many others, are available in a full-color e-book bonus that you get when you pre-order her book, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year.
Links to items discussed during this show:
- Jennifer’s Website
- Jennifer’s book The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year
- The game Crunch a Color