Eating fruits and vegetables is very important for overall human health and wellbeing. Given this, it’s vital to educate and expose little ones to the wide and delicious range of fruits and vegetable from an early age – as early as possible.
Food is our fuel- making it important that it’s of a high enough nutritional quality for us to be able to perform at our peak.
The nutrients present in fruit and vegetables are essential for proper growth, development, immune system support and illness recovery as well as broad range of emotional, social and cognitive functions. So much of our money, time and energy is spent on buying, preparing, cooking and eating food that it makes sense that it would also carry with it certain associations and frustrations.
Preferences around tastes, textures and the presence of allergies often makes catering for a family feel like really hard work and an impossible uphill battle. As parents, we may find ourselves dreading mealtimes and feeling frustrated and upset that our healthy, time-consuming labours of culinary love are only met with tantrums and tears. Foods can carry particular physical and emotional associations – as can the concept of mealtimes.
Children are naturally curious and creative little souls who love to learn. When children’s speech develops and they start to ask questions, “WHY?!” is often their most frequently used word. This A-Z of Fruits and Vegetables gives child-friendly answers to those food-centric “why” questions… plus a bunch of other inspiring ideas to help frazzled families.
This A – Z of Fruits and Vegetables is designed to educate, inspire and engage. It’s for little ones who have negative associations towards foods and for caregivers who are at their wit’s end with mealtimes.
Each letter of the alphabet below covers off either a fruit or vegetable item. Each letter explains why that fruit or vegetable is so important for our bodies AND for each letter there’s an easy allergy-friendly recipe and a creative food craft that involves handling the fruit or vegetable in question to create something fun (no eating required).
All posts have detailed instructions and vibrant images to serve as a guide.
Sometimes handling a fruit or vegetable in a fun, creative and non-threatening way can help picky little eaters overcome their negative associations or phobias.
Paired with this is the opportunity to include rich and unusual vocabulary, creative thinking and imaginative play – with the added sensory stimulation from the smell, taste, touch and even… who knows… a cheeky taste here and there?