K-12 Video Tips

Every week Chef Marshall O'Brien provides new healthy eating and cooking tips. Share your own tips on foods that make you to feel and love. Send him an email and he'll post them below his weekly tips!  

This weeks tips are:

Empower your kids to learn about food by taking them to the market with you with these easy tips:
1. Go when your child is rested, and full. Then at least their moods won't be affected by tiredness or hunger.
2. Be in a good mood, set an example that this can be fun and an adventure for learning.
3. Be prepared with a grocery list, showing kids the shopping can be easy when organized.
4. Make the shopping trip a sensory adventure by asking your kids questions like "which apples are sweet and which are tart?" or "what sound is made when biting a cucumber?"
5. with older children, in the produce section, talk to them about which fruits and veggies are best for their eyes and which are good for encouraging strong bones. This may get them interested in trying new foods when they get home, too.

Food Portions tips
To know what a portion size looks like, think about the following:
Baseball — a serving of vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist about one half cup cooked or raw veggies or cut fruit, a piece of fruit, or ½ cup of cooked rice or pasta – this is also a good measure for a snack serving, such as chips or pretzels
Deck of cards — a serving of meat, fish or poultry or the palm of your hand (don't count your fingers!) – for example, one chicken breast, ¼ pound hamburger patty or a medium pork chop
Golf ball or large egg — one quarter cup of dried fruit or nuts
Tennis ball — about one half cup of ice cream
CD — about the size of one serving of pancake or small waffle
Thumb tip — about one teaspoon of peanut butter


Most Recent comments by parents and kids:

2/2/12 Randi D. From New Brighton says: "Our son and daughter pick 2 meals a week that they plan, help cook, and serve. They love making delicious food."

2/7/12 Alice B. from Maple Grove MN says: "Our two boys love homemade chili with peppers, beans, corn and chicken. They even like cilantro in it!"

2/9/12 Katlyn C. from Minneapolis says: "Sweet potatoes, and more swweeett potatoes!!"

2/15/12 Ryan D. from Edina says: "We love family dinners, especially when the kids are willing to help clean up."

Share your own tips on foods that make you to feel and love. Send him an email and he'll post your tips here.