Five tips for weaning children from junk food to healthier alternatives?
Eating habits are formed quite early in life ...
Thus, you cannot wean your teenage kids from Junk foods ...
But, don't worry ... all of us "learn" the value and advantages, of healthy foods in our adult life.
In the first few days I'd make this menu for the five meals - as my five tips:
For breakfast, a cereal with raisins in (and if your child has a sweet tooth then add honey).
For lunch, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with great peanut butter and fresh brown bread.
For afternoon snack an apple in slices, and some banana too.
For dinner, baked beans on toast with a nice sausage or a poached egg on the side.
It's still short of greens, but there is protein, carbo's, fruits, grains (pulces).
It's a beginning.
You just never buy pre-packaged foods again!
If you make soups, you can make them together...they taste great and are easy to make.
Try one new green vegetable a day.
All the best.
My answer to the question how to get children into eating other alternatives rather than junk foods read more
Depends on how old they are. For little ones:
- Limit the amount of junk food in your house. Put them somewhere your kids can't reach them and have them be "special treats" only (in my house, it's 1 per day max!)
- Have healthy, natural snacks that your kids like available. In the house, have a fruit bowl in a prominent position that they can have anytime. Out of the house, I always have apples, grapes, and clementines packed in my bag.
- Don't make junk food taboo, but do limit it!
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