Introducing a New Fruit or Vegetable

Sometimes it’s tough to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies.Regularly introducing a fresh fruit or vegetable is a simple way to get kids excited about new foods. These days supermarkets are full of fruits and veggies you’ve probably never tried or even heard of before. Next time you are at the market, have your child pick out one new food item from the produce section. Depending on the age of the child you can even do some research online to learn about the origin of the food and even the best way to prepare it. If you buy fruits or veggies at a farmer’s market or farm stand, you can even ask the seller for those same details. When making this a ritual, you’ll be sure to have some hits and misses. The key is, if you and your children end up liking something, you can add it to your cooking or snacking repertoire. Bon Appetit!

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Finding a State Park

My family loves visiting national parks. We’ve kind of made a habit of trying to visit at least one every year. Last year we traveled to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore and The Badlands. Of course, that is a major trip and takes a great deal of planning. One idea that takes much less preparation and is more accessible is visiting a state park. State parks are a great, local way to get kids into nature. Most state parks have marked trails, fun facts on local wildlife and visitor centers that are geared toward families. You can also find adventure in a state forest, state wildlife area and much more. The State Parks website has an abundance of information. They include a drop down menu so you can pick your state and find a list of every state park, forest, etc. in your area. So, during you next “what to do today” moment, pack up the kids and show them a little more about your state. Happy adventuring!

Frozen Waterfall, Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL

Frozen Waterfall, Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL