Food! It’s part of our daily life and directly impacts our quality of life. The essential vitamins and minerals found in healthy fruits and vegetables allow our bodies to grow strong physically and mentally. They give us energy to learn, work, play and fight disease.
What we eat says a lot about our culture too. Kids’ favorite foods in different countries around the world range from injera in Ethiopia to arepas in Colombia, from pupusas in El Salvador to adobo in the Philippines. One child’s favorite foods may be unheard of to another child!
In the United States, little ones often ask for cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, hot dogs with ketchup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tacos or macaroni and cheese. When trying to put together an easy dinner for picky eaters on a weeknight, parents might microwave a cheesy tortilla or put together some chicken quesadillas.
In some countries where Compassion works, the basic ingredients in kids’ favorite foods aren’t all that different from these popular foods in the U.S. But family traditions, cultural diversity and the cost and availability of food all play big roles in what kids eat around the world. So you can learn a lot about a child from their favorite food!
We thought we’d ask some children in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, “What are your favorite foods to eat?”
Here’s what they had to share.