One way to help children learn about food is to include them in the food shopping. For example, invite them to choose one new fruit or vegetable to buy and try.
PICTURE SHOPPING LIST
Draw up a shopping list for your child; include pictures of the items they are to be on the lookout for (ie. apple, banana, cheese, tomato, cucumber etc).
FREE FRUIT FOR CHILDREN
Some supermarkets (namely Woolworths) now have free fruit available in the fresh food section for children to eat whilst shopping. A great intervention!
ENCOURAGE FOOD LABEL READING
For older children, invite them to read the food label with you to assess the quality of ingredients listed. Educate them to read the first 3 ingredients in the list. If they see the word ‘sugar’ or ‘salt’, the product is likely too unhealthy and not worth purchasing.
If you are unfamiliar with the current recommendations and how to navigate the ingredients list, it is recommended you book in for a label reading education session. It is very informative and eye-opening!