Tomorrow I will be talking about my role as a Family Nutrition Program Assistant to our local Rotary club. I plan to show them just what great things I get to do and read them a book. I'm going to read Oliver's Fruit Salad. It has such a great message! You should definitely read it, but just to give you an idea why I love it so...
Oliver does not like fruit. He refuses to drink the fruit juice and canned fruits his mother gives him. All he can talk about is his grandpa's fruit that he grows. Oliver's mother takes him to the grocery store to pick out fresh fruits and after coming home he still does not want to eat them because his grandpa didn't grow them. Then grandpa comes and makes a fruit salad with him and Oliver decides to eat the salad.
This book has multiple meanings that I love.
- Once children see how fruits and veggies are actually grown, they are 10 billion times more likely to eat them.
- Using their own hands to tend and harvest increases these chances even more.
- Children are more likely to eat foods that they have their hand in preparing as well.
- Family meal times are sooooo important. Children will eat the food that is put in front of them and when they see their elders eating healthy, they will too!