As a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, I am privy to research regarding the health of young children. According to the NAEYC:
Calories are not bad, but necessary, in the right amounts. Children have specific caloric needs that depend on their age, size and activity level. The word “calories” is just a measure of the energy a food contains. However, foods that offer only calories and have no other nutritional value are best avoided since they run the risk of filling a child up with “empty” calories before all of her nutritional needs have been met.
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
by Jessica Seinfeld
The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals
by Missy Chase Lapine
Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters: Create Tasty Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat
by Martha Stephenson
For those of you like me who hate to wait for the mailman, visit Pinterest and type "Healthy Kid Recipes" in the search. In seconds you will be inundated with recipes from sneaky moms around the world--pictures included! A word of warning: get comfortable and schedule lots of time beforehand.
Holidays are also about spending time with those you love; which brings me to another sneaky tip! Over the years I found that if I included my boys in the preparation of food, they were more likely to eat it. In addition to quality time spent, cooking with young children presents lots of opportunities for meaningful learning...
To read more, visit the NAEYC website: