Eating healthy is very important towards your kids’ physical and mental growth. It is therefore important to foster an environment where kids can feel comfortable choosing healthy foods instead of junk food. This habit requires you to start teaching your kids the benefits of healthy eating from a tender age. Explained below are some ways of getting your kids to eat healthy.
1. Make healthy food options available
When children are hungry they tend to eat the first thing they see. It is therefore important to keep plenty of fruits, vegetable and fresh juices at hand. This way you will be encouraging them to eat healthy food whenever their hunger strikes.
2. Give your kids choices
Children should be given a chance to choose foods, snacks, fruits, and vegetables they like. You can give them an assortment of healthy options to choose from. While giving them options, avoid being too controlling as this can make them rebel. Letting kids choose their food from a tender age teaches them to take responsibility for their nutrition.
3. Never be the food police
You should never force your children to eat the food they hate. This can only make them to resent your choices and may even become rebellious. If children hate a particular food which you find healthy, always get an alternative healthy food that they will like. The best way to go about it is to stock your fridge with a variety of healthy food from which they can choose their favorite.
4. Be creative with food
The best way to have your kids eat healthy is to get creative with food. If for example your kids love fresh juice but hate vegetables, you could decide to make fruit juice and then add some greens in it. Most kids will not recognize the change of taste and will continue drinking the juice. With time the kids may even develop taste for these vegetables. Another way to get creative with kids’ food is by adding a bunch of color to their plates.
5. Be a good example
Kids are quick to pick what they see from their parents. As such it is essential to set a good example for the kids by eating healthy. Also, you should praise the healthy choices they make. This way the kids will understand that eating healthy is good.
6. Get the kids involved
Bring your children to the market or grocery and let them help in choosing the vegetables and fruits. This gets the kids excited and they will transfer this excitement to their plates. Besides, the kids feel inspired to eat healthy when they partake in choosing and preparing of the healthy meals.
Indeed healthy eating habits must start at a tender age. The above tips will help your kids to start eating healthy and maintain good relationships with healthy foods.