Tips for successful food demonstrations include:
- Ask the families which foods they would like to try. Prepare recipes with fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
- Find recipes that use both fruit and vegetables. Since children often like fruit more than vegetables, pairing is a good way to introduce new vegetables.
- Use familiar ingredients in new ways. Add a vegetable to a traditional Latino recipe. For example, see Broccoli Quesadillas or Pumpkin Atole.
- Bring the containers to explain why certain foods are healthier choices than others. For example, show that low-fat plain yogurt is lower in calories and added sugar than flavored, sweetened yogurt.
- Choose recipes that are easy to prepare and have locally available ingredients.
- Ask families if they have any food allergies and change recipes accordingly.