Getting your kids to eat well is no easy task – in fact, getting them to eat at all can become even more of a challenge than you had never anticipated. Throw a hectic work schedule and other daily errands into the mix and it becomes almost impossible to keep track of your child’s eating habits. As a parent, it’s natural to worry about your child’s diet given the issues that can follow, but there are certain ways you can help them eat healthier day-to-day without much difficulty. In this guide, we’re going to look at just a couple of ways you can achieve helping your kids eat healthily:
One of the main reasons why your child may turn their nose up to healthier means is because they’re not given choices. If your child feels as though they are being forced into one particular meal option, they’re likely to become stubborn and simply refuse to eat at all. Giving them several simple healthy options shows they have the freedom to make their own decisions and helps them feel more in control.
Get them involved with cooking
When you’re not in a rush with dinner, it would be a good idea to get your kids involved with cooking. If they’re fully engaged with the process, they’ll be more interested in eating what they have created and as a result, grow to become less cautious of trying new foods. Interestingly, a scientific study proved that children who helped cook a meal with vegetables enjoyed their dinner more than those who didn’t.
Some parents, however, don’t like the idea of allowing their kids to get involved with cooking due to the mess it creates – and rightly so. Kids can get playful with food and cleaning up the chaos afterwards may be off-putting. When you’re renting a property, this is even more of a worry because kitchens can be expensive to clean and repair. In this regard, you should consider end of tenancy cleaning services to ensure your kitchen is spic and span when the time comes to move out. So, what are you waiting for? Ready, steady, cook!
If you regularly give your little one snacks, have you considered the ingredients that they contain? It’s often the case that parents purchase snacks from the supermarket without much thought into what their children are eating. Snacks should be high in fiber and protein to help keep your child fuller for longer, so they don’t go reaching into the biscuit cupboard before mealtime. You could also consider foods that could be integrated into their meals and widen their horizons. Some snack options to consider, include:
- Crackers and cheese
- Unsalted popcorn
Lead by example
At a young age, children are highly influenced by the world around them, therefore, you have a good chance of shaping good habits if you start early.
Parents’ habits towards food will likely rub off on their kids, so always be wary of how you conduct yourself and what you say about food and diet in front of your children.