With so many food options available today, kids are most likely to turn to processed foods, or even worse yet, the sugary, empty-calorie, snack foods! For many parents, talking to your children about eating a healthy diet is like talking to a wall! They don’t listen, nor do most children care!
However, eating a healthy diet is important for children, as they are still growing. Furthermore, it can determine their health status as they grow up. Learning to eat healthy as a child will carry on into adulthood, which will lead to an overall, healthier well-being!
We all want our children to be healthy and happy, so here are 3 fun ways to get your kids to eat healthier!
~ 3 Fun Ways To Get Your Children To Eat A Healthy Diet! ~
1. Shop Together and Let Them Help With Meal Planning!
Look online with your children for new, fun and healthy recipes that they would like to try! Then, go to the supermarket and let your kids help with finding the ingredients. Turning meal time into a family-fun activity will encourage them to eat what they have contributed to picking out and to create!
2. Prepare the Meal Together!
Next, let your children help you to prepare the meal! By taking the meal planning process a bit further and allowing the children to help prepare the family meal, they will gain a sense of achievement and more than likely will eat what they choose to make!
To up the game, occasionally ask other family members to come over and surprise them with the children’s meal planning! Let your kids even serve a portion of the meal to your guests! Your children will be proud to say that they helped in picking out the healthy recipe, buying the ingredients, and then helping to cook the meal!
3. Make Meal Time Fun!
Find simple ways to make mealtime entertaining for your children! Create mealtime themes such as “A Royal Dinner,” or “A Picnic in the Yard.” Dress up or decorate for the occasion! While choosing the meal with the kids, incorporate the theme into your recipes! This is just another way to make healthy eating fun and enjoyable for the entire family!
Another idea is to find new ways to prepare foods that might get boring or that the kids might not eat otherwise. For example, if your children like tacos, try different kinds of tacos with an assortment of healthy ingredients! Incorporate old recipes into new and fun pizzas or pies!
In conclusion, anyone with children knows how frustrating it can be to get your kids to eat a healthy diet! We hope that these simple tips can add fun and healthy foods to your family’s mealtimes!
Robin, and the Zen Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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