11 Tips to turn your kids into healthy eaters

11 Tips to turn your kids into healthy eaters

As children grow, they develop tastes for certain foods which can be difficult to change as they get older. That’s why it’s important to start them off on the right foot with good eating habits early on. This article provides tips and tricks that parents can use to create healthy habits in their children which will last a lifetime.

Parents want what is best for their children, even if sometimes this means sacrificing some of our own wants or beliefs about food choices because we know that what is good for us may not be so great for our kids – but there are ways around this! If you want your kids to eat healthier, you can turn them into healthy eating kids. Here are some ideas of how to do it.

1. Get them involved from the get-go!

If you want your kids to eat healthy, get them involved in the process of choosing healthy foods, cooking and decorating their food. It is much more likely that they will eat what they made themselves than what was bought for them in a store or restaurant!

This will teach them how important healthy foods are as they grow up by showing them where those foods come from. Kids love going on adventures so take advantage of the trip to the local grocery store to do some exploring!

Healthy habits for kids If you wait until they’re teenagers to make changes in their dietary habits, it will be a lot more challenging because there’s a good chance that their tastes have already been set and that they simply won’t want to eat something different. Start early by getting children involved with food choices right from the beginning. Let them help pick out what fruit or veggies they want at the grocery store, and let them ask for whatever meal they would like for dinner. If you don’t give them this opportunity when they are younger, they will likely rebel against it when they are older.

2. Don’t give up!

When parents give up on healthy eating habits for kids, the children generally develop a sense that anything is ok to eat or drink because mom and dad let them get away with it. Kids who have been allowed to make their own food choices from an early age tend to be more interested in making good nutritional choices as they get older. Even if your child rejects some of your ideas about what should be eaten for dinner, don’t give up! If you keep at it, eventually your kids will come around.

3. Make healthy food fun!

Kids love playing, so why not combine these two activities? Kids can have fun helping you cook or decorating their own healthy snacks instead of simply being given a pre-packaged food item from the grocery store. Even if vegetables aren’t being eaten at first, they may be willing to eat a plate of veggies that they decorated themselves! Why not create faces or shapes on their plates? When kids feel that eating is more of an adventure than a chore, they are far more likely to open up to certain foods that they might not have wanted to eat before. Get your kids to help you come up with healthy recipes: by helping you think of those fun ideas, it teaches kids about healthy eating from an early age while showing them how fun it can be to come up with your own recipes!

4. Don’t worry about perfection!

If you are too strict with your children, they will rebel and develop a mindset that healthy eating is only ok for mom and dad but not for them. And don’t feel bad if sometimes you give in to their demands (within reason) – kids need room for some leeway as part of normal development. If your child doesn’t want healthy food after everything else has been tried, don’t give up, but don’t let it stress you out either.

5. Lead by example!

Just as the old saying goes “do as I say, not as I do”, your children aren’t stupid! If they see you eating healthy foods and exercising regularly , they will be much more likely to adopt these practices themselves. And remember that parenting is a team effort, so enlist your partner or other family members to help create healthy habits in kids.

6. Don’t put pressure on picky eaters

some children are just very picky and it can be very frustrating to deal with. However, feeding your child is their choice and not yours, so avoiding arguments about healthy eating at mealtimes will help prevent future problems as well!

7. Don’t hide the vegetables:

Many parents go out of their way to hide veggies in meals and lie about it because they don’t want their kids to know that there are vegetables hidden in their food. However, this can backfire on you! Not only does it teach your child how to lie but hiding vegetables also undermine what you’re trying to achieve by making healthy eating a habit in your child’s life. So try not to exaggerate and just tell them from the beginning what is actually going into their meals!

kids eating 8. Make mealtimes a priority:

This doesn’t mean that you have to turn dinner time into a three course every night, but it is important to make sure that you are eating with your children whenever possible. This shows them the importance of food and nourishment, especially since it is something that everyone needs to do!

9. Don’t ban any specific food groups:

While you may want to redirect your child’s eating habits towards healthier options, try not making certain food groups completely off limits because this will only cause children who struggle with self control issues or emotional eaters feel more frustrated than usual. Instead, try having a laid out plan for making healthy choices that you can enforce without banning food groups altogether!

  10. Keep sweet treats as special occasions:

This is especially true for children with a sweet tooth because not only will they eat too much if these are available all of the time but also because letting them have a treat every now and then will help reinforce healthier eating habits in kids. Even making desserts one night a week instead of every night helps create the idea that desserts are something reserved for special occasions rather than something that can be eaten as often as possible.

11. Don’t bribe kids with food:

Bribing children with food or using sweets as treats to encourage good behavior provides them an unhealthy incentive. It also turns healthy eating into a battle of wills, which is never a good idea. Instead, reward your child’s positive behavior with praise and other non-food based presents that will keep their focus on what they did good instead of on the treat they could get after

 

Bonus Tip:

Carve out special time just for you: between kids’ activities, homework, chores, etc., it’s all too easy for parents to feel that there’s no time left in their day. But carving out even one hour per week specifically for yourself can help keep your stress levels low so you can handle everything else on your plate. Spending some fun time with friends also helps give yourself a break from the daily routine so you can be ready when they get home later on!

I hope that these tips have helped you to turn your kids into healthy eaters! While parenting is a team effort, these ten simple strategies can help you set healthy eating habits in kids. Give them a try and let us know how they work for you!

 

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