How To Get Your Kids Eating Healthy
I know many parents have trouble getting their kids to eat healthier, especially in this dollar menu day and age. I'm sure growing up you were the same. "Eat your vegetables!" was told to me on occasion. As I got older I tended to like a lot more of these foods. Keep in mind eating healthy is learned, not something people know to do. Here are some ideas on how to get your kids to eat healthier
- The main thing to keep in mind is your children often mimic you. So if they see you eating ice cream and McDonalds for dinner, what do you think they're going to want? Try eating foods with them. If they see you doing it, they most likely will eat with you
- Make the food appealing and fun. I'm sure you've heard your child say things like "eww!" "that looks nasty" or my favorite in reference to broccoli "It looks like a little tree". Try slicing up fruits like apples, watermelon, and strawberries. Give them a dip, like for example a yogurt dip. Also for foods like veggies, try a ranch dip. Its tasty, and it'll cover up the fact the food is healthy for them. Old tricks like cheese on the broccoli help too
- Plan Ahead. It's hard enough trying to get the kids ready for school, nurse your newborn, and get ready for work at the same time. Make yourself a schedule for what you want to make for the week. That busy schedule sometimes leads you to get something quick from a fast food restaurant that isn't healthy. If you know you're going to be on the road with your children, bring snacks. pretzels, cheese, crackers are some ideas
- Help in the kitchen. Have your children help you prepare meals in the kitchen. They'll feel involved and it will be fun. They will be more willing to eat the food after they've made it. Feeling helpful, the kids will love to eat the products they made!
- Eat together as a family. I know sometimes its hard to do, but try eating your dinners together as a family. Also try not to make separate meals for the kids. Whatever you make for yourself and/or your spouse, make the same for the children. If they see you eating something they may be reluctant to eating it
- Make sure they eat breakfast. Even if it's a bowl of cereal (low on sugar of course). I'm sure you've already heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well it's true. In order for your kids to have a balanced meal, they need breakfast
I hope these tips help you out. Also consult with your pediatrician on your child's health and nutrition tips. I've included a couple recipes for you to try as well. Enjoy!
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 and 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup low fat yogurt
- 4 ice cubes
- Combine skim milk, strawberries, low fat yogurt and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth, transfer into a glass and enjoy!