You may be having trouble getting your kids to eat healthy foods. For some kids, just the phrase “healthy food” brings on the “yucky” face. However, there are some tricks and tips for getting your kids to eat healthy and loving it. Here are some ideas to get your family started on the road to your kids eating healthy.
Veggies in Disguise
There are all sorts of ways to sneak vegetables into everyday foods. Try some of these:
Replace One Thing at a Time
It’s understandable for kids not to want to eat healthy food if they suddenly go from frozen chicken nuggets to something totally new, like quinoa. Instead, try transitioning slowly, replacing one food at a time. Here are some tips.
Read books on healthy eating, and about how the body needs healthy food to grow. There are books available for just about any age on this subject, and many kids find it quite inspiring once they understand how their body works. Take a little time to teach your kids why we need healthy food.
Grow a Garden
When kids get to plant a seed, water it, and watch it grow, they witness a miracle of life. Let them pick the weeks, feed it some fertilizer (organic of course), harvest it and find some recipes together.
Food Is Positive
Try approaching food in a positive way. Have your kids help in the kitchen if you can; when they “own” a food or dish they may be more likely to eat it. As you work in the kitchen, talk to your kids about the important nutrients within the foods you’re preparing. To keep things positive, it may not be a good idea to get into a big battle – try to keep it upbeat and, if you can, remove “dessert” from the premises!
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Overnight Oatmeal: Smoothie
Packed Lunch Ideas: Chicken Fajita Bowls – Taco Salad – Lettuce Rollups
Dinner: Serve them what you are having. Please don’t make the same mistake I did and make something special. Always include a salad and cooked vegetable so they get used to a wide variety