Parents are usually concerned about their kids’ eating habits. Nowadays, kids are mostly attracted by junk food, fatty acids, and high-calorie diets. Though these eatables are tempting enough to attract even adults, kids must learn to replace unhealthy foods with healthy ones so that they can grow healthier and not fattier.
While teaching kids to like fruits and vegetables sounds to be a bit too difficult a task, parents shouldn’t be held back by this mere thought. If elders can follow certain easy rules and tips, there’s no doubt kids will love fruits and vegetables. All you have to do is to be patient during your kid’s transition from an unhealthy diet to healthy eating habits.
1. They Do What They Observe
If you want your kids to stop consuming cheese burgers, fries, and carbonated drinks; you yourself have to stop your intake too. They are kids, so you can’t give them rational reasoning. Teach them the behavior by doing exactly what you want them to do.
2. Serve Them Healthy Items
Taking kids grocery shopping is effective in conditioning their behavior. They tend to want to eat fruits and vegetables while looking at fresh produce. However, if they still ask for sweets and snacks, let them stay at home and serve them fresh eatables. Remember to always keep nutritious food within their reach, like in cupboards.
3. Serve Them Something New Every Time
Kids get bored very easily. If you think they will happily eat the same boring broccoli and peas’ salad for every dinner, you are greatly mistaken. Search online for creative and delicious recipes so that your kids always have something interesting on the dining table. They will definitely give it a try if it looks tempting.
4. Avoid Irritating or Annoying Kids
Parents who keep running after their kids with their veggie bowl end up in failure. If they don’t want to eat right now, they will eat later. Forcing them will do nothing accept condition them to hate food.
5. Forget Making Timetables
The ‘three meals everyday’ kind of schedule doesn’t work out with every child. The human body has its own biological and physiological mechanisms. Therefore, you can’t force kids to eat when the body doesn’t need food. When they are hungry, they will eventually ask for it.
6. Dine Out
You can take your kids out to restaurants and hotels too. However, you must avoid junk food spots. All your effort in teaching your kids to eat healthy food will go wasted if you land back to unhealthy food when out of the house. Try something healthy irrespective of whether you eat at home or at restaurants.
7. Healthy Snacks, Once In A While
Munching on snacks isn’t bad, however eating unhealthy snacks is. Keep nuts, dry fruits, and fresh salads available at home. You can also keep juices, but essentially of low sugar content. These snacks can be served to kids in between their regular meals.
8. Take Them Seriously
At a certain age, kids develop the ability to understand their biological needs of thirst and hunger. If they tell you they aren’t hungry, trust them. Likewise, when they are really hungry or thirsty, they will ask you to give them something accordingly.
9. From the Very Beginning
Kids learn to eat healthy foods when they observe their elders enjoying the same. Practice it from the early childhood of your kids so they don’t argue later.
10. Don’t Let Kids Hate Food
Excessively scolding and forcing kids to eat healthy food will eventually cause them to hate nutritious food. Instead, you should show your kids that eating time is the time for the whole family to enjoy.