7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food

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7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food

If you are looking for an effective way to get your kids to eat healthy food, you have come to the right place.

It is normal for kids to refuse to eat healthy food. Instead, it is a basic instinct for them to prefer sugary treats and junk food. You might think that you can encourage them to eat healthier as they grow older and be more conscious of their health. However, these habits develop early, and it will take a lot of time and effort to change. For this reason, you should pay close attention to what your kids like to eat and guide them into the practice of eating healthy. You also need to act quickly before the bad habits start to show impacts on the long-term wellbeing of your kids.

1. Be A Role Model

offer your kids some control over their food

You can’t ask your kids to eat healthy if you don’t have healthy habits yourself. If your kids see you eating chips, lollies or chocolate, they will ask for some themselves and they might argue that they don’t have to eat healthy if you don’t.

That’s why it is important that you are a role model for them. Eat healthy food, take them out shopping and show them what you like to eat and ask if they want to try these kinds of food with you. This is the most important and easy step to help your kids eat healthier.

2. Avoid placing restrictions on food

If you put restrictions on certain kinds of food, your kids might end up developing eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia or might end up wanting them more. When your kids ask if they can eat unhealthy food, don’t instantly nag about their choices. Instead, you should redirect and offer them other healthier substitutions and talk to them about the benefits of eating healthy foods. Also, you should give compliments and praises when your kids eat healthy food as well.

3. Keep healthy food available

Another way to help your kids to eat healthier is to keep healthy food available all the time. Place fruits in a bowl on the kitchen table. Have them peeled and cut so it is more convenient for your kids. And when you pack their lunch, always prepare a box full of fruits.

Besides keeping healthy food available, you should also keep unhealthy food out of their reach, by storing them in a higher cabinet and then locking it or by simply avoiding buying them at all.

4. Sit down to family dinners

Sit down to family dinner

Having dinners together is a great way for your kids to develop good eating habits. It is proven that children who have regular dinners at home with their parents have a sufficient amount of nutrition. In addition, they are less likely to get eating disorders or obesity when they get older. Even though it is hard to have dinner as a family nowadays with our busy lifestyles, you can still try to build up this habit gradually.

You can also search for recipes to make quick dinners. Some healthy meals only take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Dinner time is not just time to eat. It is also the time for you and your family members to talk and share stories with others, so try to have at least a meal together as a family every day.

5. Prepare a balanced dinner plate

To ensure that your kids eat a wide variety of food, you should prepare dinner with the right portion of everything: vegetables, protein such as pork or chicken and carbohydrates like rice or bread. Also, encourage your kids to eat everything on their dish. By doing so, you would be able to prevent your kids from overeating of things they like and avoiding the things that they dislike.

6. Offer your kids some control

offer kids control over their food

When your kids feel like they have control over what they are about to eat, they will be more excited to eat them. You can ask your kids about the kinds of vegetables and fruits they like and serve it more often.

Also, when you take your kids to go shopping with you, you can ask them to choose what they like to eat. But remember to do so in healthy food aisles. It is also a good idea to let your kids involved in the kitchen and help you with the cooking as they would be more like to eat what they have created.

7. Be creative

be creative with food

If you make food fun and your kids will surely love to eat them. Instead of serving vegetables by steaming or boiling them, try making vegetable cakes. You can also stir-fry vegetables with other foods that your kids like to eat.

For fruits, don’t just simply peel and chop them. You can create fruit and yoghurt ice pops, handmade ice-cream or colourful smoothies that your kids will enjoy more. You can look for other inspirations how on how to serve fruit and vegetables differently on the Internet.

Helping your kids to build up healthy eating habits can be challenging, especially when they are used to eating unhealthy and sugary food. However, it is never too late to help your kids to eat healthier. Like potty training or sleep training, you need to be patient. By using our tips above, your kids will start eating more healthy food in no time ?.

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Comments (4)

  • Lara Reply

    I will start trying some above tips! Definitely! Asking them to eat healthy food or even just eating more vegetable is a nightmare…

    November 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm
  • Kirsten Reply

    The tip no.6 really works I could say. I took my kids to go shopping with me and allow them to choose what they like to eat (even sometimes I didn’t buy all of them, but need to explain why I cannot buy all that they want…)

    And at home, you can also get them help while preparing for meals with some simple tasks. This really helps for them to see how an entire meals come together. And they have the pride that they contribute too so they would be more willing to eat that healthy food!

    January 31, 2020 at 6:54 pm
  • Lea Reply

    Another way I also used with my kids is – always combines something they like while putting new healthy food (I knew that they might not like) into their dishes.

    I think it is important because this is the time that they’re forming their preferred tastes and habits, so introducing them to a variety of food—fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, proteins… would be easier if they have somethings they can have it as initial first and encourage them to try the new rest 🙂

    February 27, 2020 at 6:45 pm
    • Lea

      For example, if they are not a huge fan of carrot sticks, try pairing them with a dipping sauce they like. If they don’t like broccoli, try putting it in omelettes or mixing it into mac and cheese. 🙂

      February 20, 2020 at 6:47 pm

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