Kids are picky eaters. No one will argue that point. Sometimes, the things we crave as children aren’t what we want to eat at all when we grow up. It’s a natural part of growing up and maturing, but it can be frustrating for parents who want their kids to maintain healthy eating habits from an early age.
It seems like it is a never-ending struggle to get your kids to eat healthily. They don’t always like the food you make and they can be downright picky when it comes to trying new things. But, there are a few tricks that will help you out with this problem. It’s not easy, but with these 5 tips, you can start seeing some progress in the right direction!
1. Get your children involved in the grocery shopping process
Bring your children to the grocery store where they can see different kinds of foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, processed foods, junk foods, and more. When you get your children involved in your grocery shopping, you can explain to them everything that you add to the cart and why you would like to purchase them.
For instance, you can teach them how to read nutrition facts. This way, they will learn if a certain food is beneﬁcial. Make your kids understand that the money won’t go to waste if it is spent on the right nutritious food.
2. Get your children involved in the cooking process
When your kids see how you make delicious food, they will be more interested in eating what you make. Also, you can discuss the process of cooking, what the ingredients are, and how important it is to include them. Tell your kids that every dish must consist of healthy ingredients so the meal will be yummy and healthy.
3. Make food fun by adding fruits
Kids see nutrition-rich meals as boring. So, what do you think you should do? Add color to their lifeless meal! Kids like sweet fruits so it will be helpful to add their favorites such as watermelons, pineapples, peaches, and strawberries. These fruits can also serve as their appetizers so they can ﬁnish their meal.
4. Serve smaller portions
You should serve smaller portions of nutritious foods to your kids so they would eat slower. With this, it will be easier for them to get full without feeling too stuffed.
We teach our kids to ﬁnish everything on their plate. So, when you put in too much food, they’ll think they have to ﬁnish it, and because it’s too much, they tend to eat up faster and won’t even realize they are already full. Anything in excess is not good for your kid’s health. Because of this, instead of just getting nutritional beneﬁts, they might have stomach issues.
5. Be patient
It takes patience and hard work before you can get things done. If your kids are used to eating unhealthy food regularly, the transition to eating healthy won’t be easy.
Just do it one day at a time, and in a manner almost unnoticeable. Start replacing unhealthy foods in your fridge one by one by one. For example, you can ﬁrst switch from soda to water or sparkling water.
It is important that as early as now, you start making your kids understand how important it is to eat healthy food. Tell them that this may even greatly help in preventing mental health conditions and chronic diseases.
To a Healthy Lifestyle for our Future Leaders.