Parents' Guide to

PBS HealthyKids

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Entrée into PBS's tastiest online goods for healthy eating.

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PBS HealthyKids is one of a series of repackaged portal sites that focuses on a particular theme or activity (such as PBS Kids/Lab/Games), bringing all relevant PBS-created content together in one place. What's so great about this one? Food, and lots of it! There's definitely more here for parents than for kids -- for instance, tips about how to impress picky eaters, create healthy meals on a tight budget, and host a kids' cooking competition, plus tools like a meal calendar and recipes...lots of recipes. Korean Kimbap (or Korean-style sushi), Roasted Cauliflower Poppers (gotta try that!), and Zucchini Pancakes (hardly changes the taste at all) are the kind of kid-friendly recipes featured here.

Unlike some other PBS portal sites, it's generally easy to return to the HealthyKids main page because content is usually delivered in pop-ups (except for the games, which open in new tabs). Adult comments following the recipes in Kitchen Explorers highlight the need for some additional recipe categories that address gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and nut-free foods. Although the three featured games aren't incredibly inspiring or dense in educational content, they're fun and will help get kids engaged.

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