Michelle's Tips For 'Little Ones': Make a Healthy Grocery List with Construction Paper

August 9, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(CNSNews.com) - First Lady Michelle Obama's "Lets Move!" anti-obesity campaign is out with a new set of tips to get "little ones" to eat healthy, including making grocery lists with construction paper.

Mrs. Obama's campaign posted a list of tips from Summer Lettau, a child care provider in Michigan, on "teaching young kids to choose healthy options—and enjoy them!"

"Check out her tips to get inspired and help you teach your little ones about eating healthy," said "Let's Move!"

Among the tips are "celebrate veggies" and "get kids shopping."

"When Summer heads to the grocery store, she takes her kids along," the post says. "To get ready for the trip, kids make their own grocery lists of healthy foods and glue together pieces of construction paper in different colors."

"At the store, they get what’s on their lists and hunt for a vegetable or fruit that matches each of their colors (like purple cabbage, red peppers, orange tangerines, and yellow squash)," it says. "Try this activity with your kids. If you are too busy for the paper and glue, just try telling your kids a color. To encourage them to be adventurous, try pointing out vegetables and fruits they haven’t tried yet."

Other tips encourage parents to "try bringing your little ones into the kitchen."

Lettau also instructs parents to "celebrate veggies."

"Instead of hiding vegetables in foods, the children know what is in our food because they help to prepare it,” she said. “We celebrate how many different veggies we can incorporate and how many unhealthy foods we can substitute with nutritious foods.

"I want children to internalize the skills needed for healthy eating so when they are making food choices on their own, they know what to do," Lettau said.

In the past, Mrs. Obama has given parents tips on "Supermarket Shopping 101" and expressed her desire to "impact the nature of food in grocery stores."