Play with your Food: 3 Lifestyle Lessons to Learn from Kids

Kids bring us all kinds of joy and one important reminder…
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Never stop playing! A healthy dose of fun is just that, fun and healthy!
Children’s Day in Japan is celebrated on May 5th, and international Children’s Day on June 1st. It’s a day to celebrate and address issues that concern the health and happiness of kids around the world.

What are a few ways you can contribute to the celebration of kids this year?

 #1: COOK WITH YOUR KID (OR ONE YOU KNOW!)
“I gotta go, I’m making pesto with Theo,” says my sister last week. Theo (above) is my three year old nephew who loves to cook and dons an (Abby’s Table) apron as frequently as he does a fireman hat or astronaut outfit. It’s never too early to start involving kids in cooking to teach important lessons about food and the efforts put into cooking. From hand cured veggies to raw oatmeal cookie bites and bacon breakfast “pizza”, kids will eat up these fun experiences. 

#2: INVITE KIDS TO THE TABLE
There is factual data supporting the many healthy benefits a family meal offers to kids and adults alike. Meals at the table typically contain more fruits and vegetables and freshly made food, and provide stable continuity and social interaction that helps build brain development and positive associations with family and food. If you don’t have kids, invite some friends over – family meals are beneficial to grown up “kids” too!

 #3: ACT LIKE A KID AND PLAY MORE!  
Channel your inner child and be free! Run around outside. Do somersaults. Swing at the park. Play with your food. Fingerpaint. Dress up and be silly! Tactile, hands on, playful experiences generally improve your mood and lower your stress levels, which contributes to overall health and well being. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle by incorporating more play into your everyday life.

Want to learn more about food for kids and families? Sign up for Legacy Emmanuel’s Healthy from Head to Toe event on May 14th  where I’ll be sharing some kid-friendly tips and recipes for the whole family to enjoy!

Party down! Schedule a kids cooking party, or an adult cooking party where you act like kids. Both are just as much fun. 🙂
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