2010-08-12 / Columns

Start Off Smart

Healthy Eating For Your Preschooler
by Penny Megenhardt
Owen County Learning Network

Getting your preschooler to eat healthy foods is just a matter of including your child in his/her food preparation. When a child is involved in food preparation not only will he/she be anxious to taste the results, but his/her selfesteem will grow by helping an adult in the kitchen. In addition, your child will experience learning about various foods by smelling, touching, seeing, and ultimately tasting the food.

So, the next time you’re searching for a healthy treat for your child, try letting him/her help you make a strawberry smoothie. The ingredients needed are: two ice cubes, one cup milk, one-third cup cottage cheese, two-thirds cup strawberries, one and a half teaspoons sugar, and one teaspoon vanilla extract.

Pour all of the ingredients into the blender, except for the strawberries. Let your child drop in the berries one by one. (Make sure your child is out of harm’s way when you blend.) Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a plastic tumbler and let your child enjoy. (This recipe makes one glass.)

This healthy eating tip has been brought to you by Owen County Learning Network’s Start Off Smart program. This program is free of charge to families living in Owen County, regardless of income, who have children between the ages of birth to kindergarten. The focus of the program is to ready children for the learning environment by providing free books and free school-readiness services.

For more information, visit the Learning Network online at www. ocln.net or make Start Off Smart program enrollment arrangements by calling 812-829-5869.

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