In this day and age, fast food is a big part of modern life which makes it very difficult when it comes to teaching children about healthy eating. It is a proven fact that the cheapest and easiest foods just happen to be those that normally have the least nutritional value for your child. If you give your child the choice between eating healthy food and junk food, you can probably guess what the response will be.
It is not possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, but there are ways to get your child to try and hopefully like at least a few of them. You can be as creative as you like, as getting children eating healthy foods can be a little harder than you may think.
Sneak The Healthy Food In
Even though it would be great if your kid understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this is not always possible. If you cannot get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it.
Call Fruits and Vegetables by Funny Names
You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Most kids prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
Make The Foods Taste Better
Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable, even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself.
Dress The Vegetables Up
Just as much as calling them names help kids eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people. Although some parents do not like their kids playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.
There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but to make them enjoy it also has to be fun as well. This is not always an easy task, because kids normally do not like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a taste for healthy eating for the rest of their lives.