This month’s question: “Back to school and back to cafeteria food means that my kids may not be presented with the healthiest options. How can I help them make good food choices for their school lunches?“
When you can’t send lunch to school with your kids, it can be a challenge to make sure they pick out healthy options from the cafeteria. One way to help them is to teach them in a fun way about healthy foods and how they fuel the body. There are some great new apps that can help teach nutrition in an engaging, entertaining way that kids can easily retain.
- My FoodFight! by Field Fresh Apps (http://www.fieldfreshapps.com/my-food-fight.php) is a fun interactive journey to combat the health enemies that we each encounter daily. Focused on nutrient density in food, players are rewarded for their consumption of high nutrient dense and organic foods.
- Pick Chow! (http://www.zisboombah.com) ZisBoomBah’s free online tool “Pick Chow!” allows children to create meals by dragging and dropping foods onto their virtual plate. The “Add it Up!” meters show the nutritional values in a fun and easy way and rates each meal with one to five stars – a feature that helps children learn quickly how their choices make a difference in creating a well-balanced meal. Pick Chow! won first place in USDA’s Apps for Healthy Kids contest.
- Fitter Critters (http://fittercritters.com) is a game platform designed to transform children’s attitudes toward eating and nutrition, while developing the skills they need to become informed consumers capable of making better choices about their own diets.” The app won an Honorable Mention award in USDA’s Apps for Healthy Kids contest.
Of course there are also offline ways to teach your child healthy nutrition, such as books and programs, even current documentaries about healthy nutrition. Whichever way you choose, if you make smart food choices fun, your child will be more likely to remember it next time they have to decide what to put on their cafeteria tray.