From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.
When it comes to preparing lunch for their kids, moms and dads have the usual favorites. For some parents in the US, those favorites are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches – also known as PB&Js. Fruits such as apples and bananas are also common.
But one mother has an unusual case go to the the ingredients for her children’s lunches. Jenny Mullen uses funny-looking candy eyes.
She knew her kids would eat any healthy food if they had them Edible Attached eyeballs. Eyeballs are really candy bars.
Her children laugh as they eat healthy foods like peppers, kiwis and dates. The writer and actor says the “eyes” dessert makes lunch more enjoyable.
She wrote about her creative school lunches in a book, The Dictator’s Lunch: Inspirational meals that will force even the toughest kids.
“Honestly, first of all, just buy yourself some candy eyes. Hmm they are) Tried and trueShe said. She admits that you “miss something nutritionally” by giving kids candy. But she thinks that getting kids to eat healthy food by putting candy on it is worth it.
Mollen’s lunch hacks combine food and craft. She uses tricks because her sons don’t like eating different types of foods. if she is decorate Their food looks like animals or even their favorite Pokemon characters.
They make edible “insects” made of dates, cookie sticks for the legs, and of course candy “eyes.” They also use leftover Chinese food to make pandas out of rice and seaweed.
Mullen notes that she puts the yogurt in fruit like strawberries and raspberries and then tops it with some granola, which is a mixture of oats and nuts.
She says her lunch projects are easy to do. Her children think they won a big prize at the midday meal.
It is not difficult to make food art. To create it, you say you only need a few tools – vegetables peelercontainers, shaped cutters, and some special knives.
She says she doesn’t have to buy special ingredients. She uses leftovers from dinner the night before and everyday items from her food storage area. She loves to use sunflower seed butter to stick her creations together.
The idea of making food fun isn’t new.
Some Japanese parents are famous for preparing wonderful lunches called bento boxes. They often have Attractive, Rice balls shaped like animals, flowers or other shapes made of vegetables.
Mullen says preparing fun and cheerful lunches for her children helps her relieve her guilt.
She says, “I (I) am a working mom and not a mom who does delivery and delivery. I am not with them in the park after school every day. I (I) usually work.”
Her great lunches are her way of reminding her kids that she’s thinking about them.
Mullen says she also wants to teach them to eat healthy Habits. She says that by getting children to eat vegetables at an early age, they will grow up to eat healthy foods later in life. She also says it’s a good way to get kids to try foods from other cultures.
If they need to “cheat” sometimes, that’s okay.
This is the Health & Lifestyle report.
I’m Anna Mathieu.
Mark Kennedy reported this story to the Associated Press. Anna Matteo has adapted it for VOA Learning English.
The words in this story
go to the -din. A reliable thing to do well
the ingredients -n. An object used to make a food or product
Edible -din. can be eaten
Tried and true -din. Known to be good or effective
craft -n. A skill used to create something
Decorate -Fifth. To make something more attractive by putting designs or similar things on it
peeler -n. A device used to remove the peel of fruits or vegetables
Attractive -din. Get a pleasing youthful look
usually -n. Habitual behavior or behaviour
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