When you ask a child what he wants for dinner, typical answers would be pizza, macaroni and cheese or even ice cream. It’s a rare kid who would actually say that he wants to have some salad for lunch. Encouraging children to eat vegetables need not be an impossible task. Here are a few tricks you can try out:
- Stock up on health food options and refrain from bringing junk foods into the house. If you fill up your pantry and refrigerator with nothing but healthy foods, your children will have no choice but to eat it. Eventually, they will get used to it and maybe even learn to appreciate the value of healthy eating.
- Be creative and make the healthy ingredients attractive to eat. Children like variety so try to present the same kinds of vegetables differently each time. You can try cutting them into interesting shapes or arranging them on your child’s plate in a fun way.
- Have your kids help out in the kitchen. They will be more than eager to eat the vegetables for dinner if you allow them to participate in the preparation process.
- Try to have more than one healthy dish for each meal. With many varieties to choose from, there is a higher chance that your kids will find something that they really like.
- Offer a particular food repeatedly. When they see something new, children may be hesitant to try it at first. But if you serve it frequently, they will get used to the idea that it’s actually food that they can eat. Sooner or later, they are bound to have a taste.
- Be a good example. If the kids see you eating healthy foods, they will soon follow your example.
Teaching kids to have a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important parts of being a good parent. The earlier you start, the more likely it is that your child will carry these healthy habits with him until his adult years.Tags: children's diet, children's nutrition, diet & exercise, eating healthy, family nutrition, healthy family, healthy kids, vitamins