How to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Have you ever tried to get your kid to eat spinach? Not an easy feat.

Thankfully there are many fun ways to get your kids to eat healthy that don’t involve trying to hide vegetables in the foods they like.

Keep reading to learn how you can make easy, healthy meals for kids they will be begging to eat!

Make Mealtime Fun for Kids

When kids are involved in making the meal, they will feel pride when they finally get to taste their creation—meaning they might eat something they wouldn’t normally eat just because they helped!

Give each of your children a job in meal preparation. For example, older children enjoy measuring and chopping ingredients, while you can let little ones pour them into a bowl and stir them together.

Let Your Kids Make Decisions

Ask your child what sounds good to them for dinner, then work to make their suggestion into a healthier alternative. For example, if your child would like French fries for dinner, suggest making a protein, like chicken, then serving it with zucchini fries instead of potato ones.

In the same way, if your kid asks for pizza, you could swap out the crust for pita bread and offer vegetables as toppings. Let your child make their own, so they can feel they have some control over their dinner choices.

Make Food into Fun Shapes

One of the simplest ways to get kids to eat healthy is by cutting the food into unique shapes. For example, it’s amazing how much better a slice of zucchini tastes when it’s in the shape of a star!

Invest in some cookie cutters, and spend extra time preparing vegetables to look fun to eat when you set them on the plate. You can also cut fish or chicken breast using these methods for a kid who is opposed to eating the main dish.

Discuss Healthy Eating with Your Children

Your child is never too young to learn about the benefits of healthy eating. Talk with them as they eat about why it’s important to eat different foods, especially vegetables.

Take this a step further, and have your child draw an ideal dinner plate using their favorite meal. Teach them that every plate needs to have a vegetable, a protein, and a starch. Then, when it comes time to serve dinner for the family, have them help, talking through why they eat each food as they spoon it onto the plates.

Ready to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthy?

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