Is your child eating too little, or too much? Are they getting enough nutrition out of the foods they do eat? Are you finding it hard to get a healthy meal on the table after working all day? Are you familiar with the best foods to eat while pregnant and the ones to stay away from?
WIC’s certified dietician and nutrition technicians can answer many of your questions about nutrition, offering practical advice on ways to save money on food while getting the best nutrition possible through tasty meals and snacks. With an in-depth knowledge of quick tips, time-saving recipes, and quick nutritional boosts, you can learn a number of ways to keep your family healthy and strong well into the future.
WIC’s nutrition experts can provide:
• Money saving ideas
• Recipes that use WIC approved foods
• Portion control tips for children
• Ways to gets kids to eat healthy foods
• Breastfeeding tips and support
• Tips for introducing solids to infants (over 6 months old)
• Family meal time tips
Willow comes to WIC!
Who is small and fuzzy and absolutely adores fruits and vegetables? Willow! That’s right; it’s our friend Willow the bunny and she is coming to visit the Healthy Gallatin WIC office. Willow loves to teach children (and their parents!) all about food and how it is grown. Introducing children to new fruits and vegetables can often times be difficult and end in frustration, but Willow is here to help! Willow makes it fun and easy to incorporate a variety of fresh foods in your child’s diet.
Join us each month as Willow explores different seasonal produce and shows families how to prepare simple, nutritious meals. Everyone gets to join in on the fun with a sensory hands-on experience. Willow shares stories and poems about new foods with children in an engaging way. Kids are encouraged to touch, smell, and most importantly taste a variety of fresh, seasonal produce. Research shows that when children have the opportunity to interact with a new food by using all of their senses, they are more likely to eat and enjoy it in the future. When shopping, parents often stick to familiar fruits and vegetables because they know their children will like them; Willow gives hesitant parents a chance to explore new produce with their children in a fun and creative way.
The next time you come to your WIC appointment, be sure to ask how you and your family can meet Willow the bunny!
Upcoming Willow Lessons:
January: Rooted in the earth
February: Treats from far away
March: Seeds of spring
April: The tender stalks of spring
May: The mysteries of the pea pod
June: Stalking around the garden
July: The delights of the orchard
August: Three sisters help the garden grow
September: An apple a day, a new variety each week
October: Harvest time in Willow’s garden
November: Fall harvest leaves that love cool weather
December: A festive time for fruits and veggies