Kids need good nutrition in order to grow and develop. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to dislike the foods that are the best for them, making it very hard to ensure that your child is getting a well-balanced diet. Here are 5 of the best tips for getting your kids to eat and enjoy healthier foods.
- The first way to encourage your kids to eat better at meal time is to set a good example for them. If you don’t eat well, but expect them to eat vegetables, they won’t take you seriously! Make a point of eating the same foods that they do to show that you like them and can enjoy eating them so that they will too! Often kids learn the habits and tendencies of their parents.
- Make food a fun experience. Allow kids to use their imaginations. Often foods like broccoli are intimidating, and foreign to a child, but if they are able to be creative, they will soon find eating broccoli to be fun since it is like a tiny tree! Your child can pretend to be ad dinosaur, devouring trees in his or her path!
- Let your child help with the prepping and cooking process. When your child is involved in making the food for a meal, they will be much more excited about it and will want to eat it! Have them help you do the grocery shopping and participate in the kitchen. They will not only eat the food made, but they will also develop a sense of pride and accomplishment from seeing a meal through from start to finish! Plus, you get some extra hands to help you out!
- Enforce the “one-bite” rule at the dinner table. Research suggests that children begin to develop a taste for foods after being exposed to it multiple times. So even if your child won’t eat the entire piece of broccoli, tasting it will help him go in the right direction. Also, they may find that with one bite they actually like the food and can continue to eat.
- Lastly, never force your child to finish their food. Often parents think that this is the best way to handle a picky eater, but in reality this can backfire. Scolding a child or forcing them to eat when they don’t want to can associate negative thoughts and emotions with mealtime, making it even more of a struggle in the future. Avoid making this an unpleasant experience and be patient.
Kids nutrition can be a challenge! While it can be frustrating to convince your child to eat healthier foods, you can do it with some patience, planning and persistence! Be sure to set a good example at meals, get them involved in the shopping, prepping and cooking processes, make food fun, enforce the “one-bite” rule, and never force a child to finish a meal if they are not willing. Keeping these tips in mind can make the process much more manageable so that you can see results sooner and know your child is getting the nutrition he or she needs. For more fun ideas and recipes, be sure to visitRecipeChart.com for inspiration!