Healthy Habits: Fun Food Activities

by Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers

tomatoes and cucumbersSummer is the best time of year to get outside and smell the roses and the apples, and the spinach too. One way to get your kids feeling better about eating fruits and vegetables is to wrap some fun around them.

These activities will bring you and your family closer to fruits and vegetables!

  • Grow a garden: It does not have to be big or fancy. It can even be a lone tomato plant in a container. It is fun to watch the plants grow, and it's even more fun to harvest and eat them!
  • Shop the farmer's markets regularly: Farmer's markets have grown in popularity and in size. They are great way for local farmers to sell directly to consumers. They're also the perfect place to ask questions, learn what is in season and discover new recipes.
  • Attend a food festival: Whether it's the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City MI, the Garlic Festival in the Okanogan Highlands or a local chili cook-off, festivals are fun and offer an opportunity to try many different types of foods, play games, see a parade, and much more.
  • Go picking: Apples, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, walnuts or anything. This is an activity for all ages, and wonderful entertainment for a sunny day. One your way home, you can plan out what type of pies and jams you can make with your newly picked treasures.
  • Hold a watermelon seed spitting contest: Needs no explanation -- just plain fun!
  • Tour a local farm: Many farms are open for tours, and this is terrific way to introduce your children to the industry of agriculture. You can contact a town's chamber of commerce or stop by a visitor center to find out about farms that are open to the public.
  • Have a picnic: Pack up the basket with a tasty menu healthy foods and head off to the park or beach. Most children will eat anything that's inside a picnic basket!

Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers are sisters, the mothers of five children and founders of Creators of products that include the So Easy Baby Food Kit and Good Clean Fun Placemats; Fresh Baby offers parents convenient and practical support in raising healthy children. Visit them online at and subscribe to their Fresh Ideas newsletter to get monthly ideas, tips and activities for developing your family's healthy eating habits! Fresh Baby products are available at many fine specialty stores and national chains including Target, Wild Oats, and Whole Foods Markets.

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