5 Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Foods
Parents can help their kids to eat better, and make it fun! Here are some tips to increase your child’s interest in healthy foods.
1. Bring your kids grocery shopping
While in the produce section, let your kids pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try. Kids are more interested in trying new foods when they get to pick them out.
2. Prepare meals together
Let your child be part of the preparation. Whether they mix something in a bowl or pour a sauce they will be happier to eat and try new foods when they played a part.
3. Incorporate “fun foods”
Kids are drawn to foods that have different shapes, and bright colors. There are many fruits that can fall into this category such as kiwi or star fruit. You can also be creative! Instead of handing your child a whole orange, break it up into pieces and make a smiley face on the plate. You would be amazed what simple creativity can do!
4. Make desserts healthy
You can still have dessert and make it healthy too. Instead of depending on store bought cookies and candy (which provide minimal nutrients), try dipping fresh strawberries in chocolate sauce, a fruit smoothie, or a berry cobbler. These choices may have some sugar but are also adding nutrients at the same time. Remember- everything is healthy in moderation.
5. When your child wants candy
Candy is a once in a while treat. Try using one ounce of trail mix with a few m&m’s instead of a whole candy bar.
Be a role model for your children. If you enjoy physical activity and eat healthy your children will likely do the same. Encouraging physical activity and healthy food choices during childhood will help build these habits for a lifetime.
© Meri Raffetto, 2005
Owner of Real Living Nutrition Services, Meri Raffetto is a Registered Dietitian and recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She specializes in weight management and offers online programs to help people reach their weight loss and health goals. For more weight loss tips sign up for her free e-newsletter at Nutrition News