I found this great article on getting kids to eat healthy. With today’s busy lifestyle, it can often seem hard to do, but there are some simple things parents can do. The quickest and likely easiest change is to eat dinner as a family without any distrations like TV. It’s a great time for everyone to share what happened in their day and lets kids see you eat your greens.
Here is the Reader’s Digest version of the tips, but be sure to read the entire article for more on how to make these tips a reality in your home.
- Eat with your children.
- Make food fun! Experiment with new foods and make meals as colourful and as rich in variety as possible.
- Include two portions of vegetables in your evening meal, and provide fruit or a fruit-based pudding for dessert.
- ‘Hide’ fruit and vegetables if necessary. Blend it into soups, chop it finely into lasagne and bolognese, make strawberry ice cream, and whip up fruit smoothies.
- Encourage children to drink water or sugar-free diluting juice between meals. This will help prevent dehydration, which can lead to constipation and poor concentration.
- If you have a fussy eater in the household, don’t give up hope. Children’s tastes often change as they grow older. Keep trying, but don’t focus too much on the issue. Try serving the same foods in different forms — for example, people who dislike the texture of broccoli often find it more palatable in a sauce or soup.
- Include a portion of lean meat or another protein in every meal.
- Pack a healthy lunchbox. ‘Disguise’ vegetables in sandwich fillings, vary the fillings as much as possible, provide plain yoghurt and a piece of fruit that’s easy to eat.
- Make sure your children eat breakfast.
Read the entire article.
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