Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits For Children

There are many ways to encourage healthy eating habits for children, but to make them enjoy what they eat also has to be fun as well. This isn’t always an easy task. It can however, be done with patience and a bit of creativity.

Fast food is a massive part of modern life these days, making it very hard to teach a child how he or she should eat healthy. The most cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy. If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you normally won’t like the results.

  • Sneak the healthy food in. Even though it would be great if your kid understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always easy. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it.
  • When cooking dinner, always make sure to have at least one healthy item that your child likes and will eat and a with vegetable- rich dish, let them watch you prepare it. To make it more fun, allow them to add some of  the ingredients themselves under your supervision as is recommended by the USDA.
  • Dress the vegetables up. Just as much as calling them names help kids eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people. Although some parents don’t like their kids playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.
  • Spending time in the kitchen with your kids. It is true that including kids in cooking meals requires time, patience, and some extra clean-up, especially when the children are younger but it is well worth the effort. Not only will they learn basic cooking techniques but also an opportunity to get them interested in trying healthy foods they might normally turn their noses up.
  • Sharing family recipes and secrets passed from one generation to the next and discussing with you favourite foods of different family members and friends.
  • Setting a good example. Your opinion and actions will impact how they view nutrition. Enjoying healthy snacks and meals with your kids and making mealtime fun by trying new foods together.
  • Encourage kids to eat smart at school including healthy snacks.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are many ways to get your child to try and hopefully like at least a few of them to change their eating habits. You can be as creative as you like, as getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than you may think.

Some of the short-term benefits and long -term payoffs

  • Parents and kids spend great quality time .
  • It encourages kids to try healthy foods and eat healthier and may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
  • Your child become more confident and happy in choosing foods that promote a healthy body and mind.
  • When eating at home kids aren’t eating junk food.
  • Kids develop cooking skills and learn about very early.

Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.