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Gourmet Kids camp teaches healthy eating habits

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Christie King is spending her summer vacation getting kids in the kitchen and making healthy food fun.    

"They're getting to learn health and nutrition, good eating habits, their creating a lot of healthy snacks," said Christie King, Angelina County Family Consumer Sciences.

The professional mom and consumer science expert says this week's Gourmet Kids camp is helping kids steer clear of foods that create unhealthy eating habits.

"Its so important for them right now because of the fast food restaurants and the convenience foods, we need to bring it back," said King.

Health officials say knowledge is power. When children learn about different types of food, they are more likely to make better choices.

"Maybe but one new fruit a week or one new vegetable and try out a new recipe and if children get to participate in that process they're much more likely to eat it," said Amy McLeod, RD,LD Brookshire Brothers.

Foods like yogurt, fresh fruit and string cheese are ideal for snacks. Nutrition consultant Amy McLeod says getting children involved with preparing meal will turn healthy eating into an enjoyable activity.

"In our family we like to make homemade pizza and the kids love doing that, decorating it with vegetables," said McLeod.

"They can cook healthy at home for cheaper and it just gives them more of an opportunity to have a long healthy lifestyle," said King.

And that's good news for any mom, hoping to teach their kids healthy habits they'll keep for life.

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