How to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthier

kidsIt’s a familiar problem to most parents – how can you convince your child to eat that broccoli on their plate or choose fruit as a snack? Parents have a lot of competition in the marketplace today, with brightly colored and highly sugared and processed foods taking up a lot of space on TV and in the grocery store aisle. What can you do? Here are a few strategies you can try to convince your kids that eating healthy is fun!

Be Creative

Being a parent involves a lot of creativity, so channel some of that creativity into your cooking. When you’re cutting up fresh fruits and vegetables, try to make them fun shapes that will intrigue your kids. If you have a picky eater, puree some fruits and veggies to sneak into your cooking. Macaroni and cheese is a great platform for sneaking in pureed cauliflower or squash. What your kid doesn’t know won’t hurt him!

Fruit for Dessert

Perception is the key to encouraging your children to eat healthily. Create desserts for your family that makes fruit the star. You can puree up some fruit and make popsicles out of it or make a sorbet that mimics ice cream. The possibilities are really endless, and with the internet literally at your fingertips, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

Mix It In

As you grow older your taste buds change. What may taste good to you as an adult may have tasted bitter to you as a child, so if your kid complains about certain vegetables they probably aren’t making it up. You can get around this problem by pairing these vegetables with sweeter tasting ones. Try sweet potatoes with spinach and see how it goes over!

Involve Your Children

Get your children pumped up about getting more involved in the kitchen. They can help you find new recipes to try and help you shop for them. They can also help you make them in the kitchen. When you involve your kids in the process and give them a bit of ownership in the process it’s empowering to them and gets them excited. It’s not just a good strategy for getting them to eat healthy, but for encouraging them in other areas too!

Being healthy is a family affair, so get your kids interested in what they eat. Go for a field trip to a farm to see where food comes from; plant some in a planter on your porch. Get them excited about food; taking the final step to healthier eating won’t be so hard!

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