Food Preparation
Food Preparation Tips  Minimize 

Make Food Fun

Pittsburg ISD earth worms for Earth Day 
 Pittsburg ISD earth worms for Earth Day

Associate new foods with positive experiences.

Children often hesitate to try new or unfamiliar foods, especially between the ages of 2 and 5. There are many creative ways to introduce new foods to kids such that it’s a fun, positive experience and eases their doubt. Some examples include:

    • Give foods fun names
    • Cut food into child-friendly shapes
    • Offer the new or unfamiliar food with a favorite food
    • Build a menu that has a colorful variety of food offerings
    • Boost food flavors with seasonings, dips, salsas or purees
    • Introduce food with an activity, such as a game or food tasting party

Visit the Choose My Plate website for snack and meal suggestions that help introduce children to fun, smart and healthy foods.

Whole Grain-Rich Products  Minimize 
Go With the Grain
We know they’re good for us, but do we know what a whole grain is? A grain consists of three components: the germ, the endosperm, and the bran. A whole grain contains all three components, while a refined grain is processed to remove the germ and bran. Make sure the product contains the word “whole” to ensure the product contains true whole grain components.

Try Something New
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, try some of these whole grains: 
    • Amaranth
    • Barley
    • Oats 
    • Quinoa
    • Teff
Grains are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into many different recipes, form breakfast cereals to deserts. 

Additional Resources for Food Preparation  Minimize 
Team Nutrition Team Nutrition
  • Training and support for caregivers and children
  • Access to training materials
  • Links to other resources
  Institute of Child Nutrition Institute of Child Nutrition
  • Webpage dedicated to CACFP resources and information
  • Educational materials
 The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nutrition information and research
  • Links to other helpful resources

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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