families today are busy, with lots of demands on both our money and our time. And that makes fast food as well as processed, packaged food more appealing. But the foods that are the easiest and cheapest to prepare are often not the healthiest.
Every day, you help your children to form habits that are likely to stick with them for years to come. Help them understand the importance of – and power – of healthy choices. Here are ten tips you can start using today:
1. sneak healthy foods. Use a food processor to puree the carrots, for example, and sneak them into spaghetti sauce. Grind the nuts and use them in your gym for baked chicken.
2. Use silly names of fruits and vegetables. My son started eating broccoli florets only after we started calling them “dinosaur tree.” Make mealtime fun.
3. Make healthy items on the plate look silly. Create a funny face or design on the plate. Family Fun magazine regularly features creative ways to dress up vegetables, both online and in print their magazines.
4. Let your kids experiment with healthy dipping sauces for their vegetables. Cream based dressings, such as Ranch and Bleu Cheese, are not the healthiest choice. See if your kids enjoy dipping celery sticks in a natural peanut butter. You may also enjoy experimenting with various Mustards that lend a unique and delicious taste of raw vegetables and fruits. Another healthy thing to try :. Squirt a little fresh lemon or lime juice of vegetables or salad greens
5. Each month, try a new fruit or vegetable. See what kids think of pomegranates, tangerines, kumquats, and so on. It’s fun to explore the Wide World of healthful foods as a family.
6. Make sure you have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available. Put out a plate of vegetables for the children if they need a snack before dinner. Make sure you have at least two bowls of fresh, raw fruits or vegetables that are available at all times.
7. Prize kids healthy choices. Keep a chart with tally marks and maintain the normal time each child chose to force his body in a healthy way.
8. Fore go the tablet or syrup but children especially pray for them. Children may prefer toast and waffles, straight out of the toaster, no butter or syrup. They can even enjoy a salad without dressing. Try it and see.
9. Make sure your children see you make healthy choices. A good example to follow can go a long way in ensuring a healthy child’s relationship with food.
10. Talk about the effects of various foods have on the body. Let your child know that certain vitamins healthy food has, as well as what effect the vitamin has on their bodies and in day to day life.
When children begin to understand that the food choices they make have a very real impact on how their body works like the way I feel, they begin to build their own healthy relationship with food.