Getting kids to eat healthy, and getting them to enjoy doing so is really two different things. If you can train your children to actually enjoy eating a healthy meal, it can lead them down the path to a healthy lifestyle. Below you will find several suggestions on how you can help your kids to really like eating those healthy meals.
Teach them to cook
You can start by teaching them to cook, their own healthy meals. For example a salad is a good place to start. You can pre-cut the vegetables yourself, so that all your children have to do is add them to the salad bowl. When they are old enough to cut up their own vegetables you can show them how to do so. Help them to find toppings that they may enjoy. For example bacon bits, are a good topping to the salad and you can teach them to make them all by themselves, and the amount to add. There is nothing wrong with topping a salad with a small amount of bacon, just drain the fat and don’t go overboard. You can also top salad with fruit. Getting children involved in the cooking process can really make all the difference.
Introduce new foods
When it comes to eating healthy there are an abundance of foods to choose from. Perhaps have your children try something that they have never had before. You can even introduce them to food that you yourself have never enjoyed eating. Introducing your children to food early while they are still young can help them to learn good eating habits.
Let them shop
Kids really enjoy it when they are given a little bit more responsibility. They like feeling older, and having the option to choose for themselves. The key is to teach them to choose the right things. You can give your children a small budget and let them know that they will have to purchase only healthy food. Point out interesting and healthy options as you walk through the store.
Avoid being sneaky
I have seen article after article of suggestions on sneaking vegetables into your child’s food. Sneaking vegetables, and fruit into your child’s food does not teach them proper eating habits. One of the biggest disservices you can do for your child is to sneak healthy food items to them. Instead show them how to eat properly so that they will have good eating habits as they get older.