Tips for encouraging your kids to eat healthy
Obviously, eating healthy is a big deal for adults, and it’s an even bigger deal for children. Starting to eat healthy when they’re young will instill lifelong habits and lay a good foundation for continued healthy eating when they get older. Yes, there are a myriad of good, healthy foods that kids can eat, and it’s not hard to find a good list of them online. However, knowing which foods are healthy is just part of the solution. It’s also important to encourage your kids to eat those healthy foods and establish good practices in your home. Today, we’ll have a look at some tips that will help you to better help your kids as well as yourself.
1. Family meals are a must!
One of the top things that will help your kids eat healthy is making sure they don’t eat alone. Having meals together as a family creates a comfortable atmosphere and promotes a healthy appetite. It’s also good to establish a regular time for meals. A great time for a family meal is breakfast. It’s good to have the family together to start the day right, and besides, it’s also a fact that kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school. Eating more meals at home also helps you avoid restaurant meals which typically have lower nutrition and higher sugar, salt, and fat content. Eating out can be healthy on special occasions.
2. Involvement is important
A great boost to getting kids to have healthier eating habits is to get them involved in the meal preparations. You can let the kids help you prepare the night’s dinner, and you can also let them be more involved when you go grocery shopping. Let them pick out some good healthy snacks that they want to put in their lunchboxes. This also gives you the chance to teach them more about what each food’s nutritional value is, and for older kids, you can also begin teaching them how to properly read the nutrition labels and figure out how healthy the food is for themselves.
3. Stock up on healthy snacks
It’s always tempting to grab a pack of cookies or a bag of chips because it a quick and easy snack that your kids will enjoy. That’s ok every once in a while, but for the most part you should keep your home stocked with healthy snacks and drinks. This way when your kids go for a bite to eat, they’ll automatically reach for the healthy stuff instead of looking for the junk food.
These may sound like simple things, but it’s often the simple things that get overlooked. Make sure you diligently do your part to help your child be healthy. They’ll thank you for it in the long run!