by Michelle Vicari
Many of us have been eating home cooking for months and we’re running out of ideas for meals, let alone meals that are healthy, creative and fun. It can be especially challenging to make a meal everyone in the family will eat. Something that appeals to the adults is not always a winner with the kids in the house.
The answer is the DIY (Design-It-Yourself) Meal. The best part of the DIY meal: it doesn’t require recipes or any elaborate preparation. All you need is a small spread of ingredients and each family member can customize their own meal!
Here are five DIY (Design-It-Yourself) themes that are sure to become your family’s most-requested meals.
DIY meals are a great opportunity for adults to model making healthy food choices. Creating meals with your children is not only fun, but also a great way to incorporate family time and stay healthy!
Extend the creativity and fun of making choices with an after-dinner game of “Would You Rather?”
About the Author:
Michelle “Shelly” Vicari is the Immediate-Past Chair of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), majored in Child Development & Family Studies and Political Science at San Diego State University, and is the former Curriculum Director of the largest National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited Child Care Centers in Southern California. She has authored many curriculum guides for teachers working with young children and was lucky enough to have once met Mr. Fred Rogers.
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