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Ten simple tricks to get children eating more plant-based food

The Guardian – Kate Arthur

“More and more people are beginning to understand that eating more plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, pulses and nuts is not only good for our health but for the planet too. It sounds simple enough, but encouraging children to eat more plant-based foods can be challenging. And all too often there’s a perception that preparing these kinds of meals can be daunting. The good news is that adding more plant-based foods can be simple, fun and tasty too, and there’s more choice than you may realise…we’ve spent time working with teachers, parents and children helping them to find easy ways to move to a more plant-based diet, and we’ve picked up some great tips along the way. It really can be simple to prepare this kind of food and get children involved. Why not try some of them as part of your growing and cooking activities? Or you could share as take-home messages. Here are 10 of our top tips.”(more)

The 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is Here!

Homeroom – Kelly Miterko

“It’s that time of year again – we’re inviting kids across the country to create healthy lunch recipes for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House!…The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious…We can’t wait to see what kids create this year – so good luck and get cooking! Don’t forget to submit by April 4!”(more)

How to Get Your Kids Interested in STEM (Without Forcing It on Them)

Lifehacker – Melanie Pinola

“Hopefully your kids are getting a great education in science, technology, engineering, and math at school, but chances are those classes aren’t enough to instill a lifelong interest in these fields for most kids. As parents, however, there are a lot of easy ways we foster a greater love of learning and exploration in STEM subjects in our children…It’s important not just because STEM fields offer awesome job opportunities and our future depends on these kids. STEM is about a spirit of experimenting and evaluating information objectively, of understanding our world a little bit more. These are valuable skills and also mindsets to acquire, wherever the kids go next in life…when presented a different way, kids might actually find that they do like these subjects…here are three things we can do.”(more)