Patt Morrison for April 13, 2012

Teaching kids to eat healthy food with help from professional chefs

Everyone knows that kids eat about three things – hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

OK, in reality not all children may be quite that finicky, but anyone who has ever tried to prepare a healthy home menu that kids will eat knows the difficulties of catering to a nascent palate… as well as feeding small people who may not sit still long enough to eat.

When author and lifelong foodie Fanae Aaron became a mother she decided to embrace the challenge of cultivating in her son a lifetime of eating healthy and interesting food by consulting twenty award-winning chefs who also happen to be parents. The result of those consultations is a new book, “What Chefs Feed Their Kids” and the title reveals some of the wisdom within.

In the book, Aaron and the chefs help parents with the many stages of a child’s development and how to engage them with food and involve them in its preparation.

WEIGH IN:

What techniques do you use to get your kids to eat good food? How do you instill a lifetime of positive eating habits?

Guest:

Fanae Aaron, lifelong foodie, first-time mother, author, "What Chefs Feed Their Kids"

Paul Virant, owner, chef, Vie in Western Springs, Illinois


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