3 Ways to get Kids to eat Healthy Food
“How do I get my kids to eat healthy”? inquiring mom’s always ask.
After teaching other people’s children how to eat healthy for the last 6 years and working hard to get my biggest critics (my own kids) to eat healthy, I have found these 3 techniques to be the most successful ways to get kids to eat healthy.
- Don’t keep unhealthy foods in the house! If it’s not there to eat then it can’t be eaten. This also helps me stay healthy because we all have a weakness and mine are ice cream & chocolate chip cookies. So, if they’re in the house it will be hard for me not to eat them.
- Do the healthy swap! Take the food that your kids like and swap them out for the healthier versions of them.Here are the top swap out items. I urge you not to do this all at one time. The road to health is a journey, let it be that. Swap out one healthy item at a time each week or every two weeks.
My swap list:
Potato chips- blue chips, kale chips put kale chip recipe here
Cookies- Try this recipe out instead.
Mayonaise-Vegenaise tastes so much better and is so much better for you.
This is my biggest piece of advice!!
- Get them in the kitchen! Kids will eat what they make. When kid’s feel like they are in control of what they are eating, they are more likely to eat the healthy stuff that’s in front of them when they are making it.
When I teach kids’ cooking classes, 9 times out of 10 they are all vegetarian. I don’t tell the kids that we’re only cooking vegetables I just simply cook with them. Once in a while someone will ask why we never cook with chicken. I usually tell them because we eat enough chicken or this recipe doesn’t call for chicken. I have made chickpea stuffed peppers, zucchini spaghetti that they named zooski, gluten free vegan scones and smoothies that they LOVED!!
All because they cooked it. They felt like they made the decision even though I chose the recipes and bought the food.
Begin by starting small.
Here are a few things to get you started:
* Begin by letting them cut up some fruit or vegetables to make a fruit or veggie skewer.
* Find an episode from your child’s favorite show where they make a healthy dish, watch it and make what they made
*Make something fun like a quesadilla. Kids love a cheesy quesadillas.
When kids feel like they made the decision, they are way more likely to eat what they made and what they cooked or helped cook themselves.
Start off with these simple steps to get your picky eaters to eat. Remember every step along the way is a step in the right direction, so celebrate every victory you have. Even if it’s trying a small bite of a new fruit or vegetable.
What are some ways you’ve tried and succeeded? Share with us below in the comments section.