5 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthier!
By: Brianna Buchholz
This week was Every Kid Healthy Week. It is a time dedicated to highlighting schools’ efforts to improve the health and wellness of their students. These schools are dedicated to combining nutrition, physical activity, and, of course, education. To learn more about Every Kid Healthy Week and how you can help the cause, please click here.
Similar to the participating schools, parents should understand the importance of prepare your kids for healthy lives by teaching them the values of nutritious foods from a young age. Trainer Lindsay, mom of two, gives 5 tips that she personally uses to encourage her kids to eat healthier.
Lead by Example
The most important factor in teaching children is to be an example, no matter what lesson you are imparting. When you eat clean and stay active, your children will be more apt to make similar decisions. Do not simply tell them to do something, show them. Eat healthy as a family and they will be more likely to carry those healthy habits into their future.
Sneak in Veggies
It is easier than you think to sneak vegetables into everyday meals. Smoothies are an AWESOME way to add in more veggies. Spinach, while it can change the color of the smoothie, is completely unnoticeable in fruit smoothies and zucchini is a healthy thickening agent. Get creative and try out different recipes that incorporate a variety of vegetables.
Serve Veggies with Every Meal
Be blatantly obvious. While it is fun to try out new recipes and get sneaky with your veggies, it is important for children to learn to love nutritious foods. Serve them with every meal. Put carrots or celery sticks in their lunch boxes and roast broccoli to serve with dinner. Wash and cut vegetables to store in the fridge for a go-to snack throughout the day. The key is to make sure that you and your children are getting in your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
Eat the Rainbow
Fruits and vegetables each contain different nutrients. Mix it up throughout the day to ensure that you are consuming your daily requirements of each vitamin and mineral. When you serve a meal, the plate should be full of color; the more color the better! Start with a bowl of various fruits in the morning, an apple and some veggies at lunch, carrots and broccoli at dinner, with plenty of different fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Of course, including protein and healthy fats at each meal, as well.
When introducing new foods, set a limit that you are comfortable with, such as taking three bites. Encourage your children to at least TRY new foods. They will never know if they like something unless they try. When they frown at the broccoli on their plate, tell them to take at least three bites. Who knows, they may end up loving it! Three bites is better than nothing at all.
Do you have any tips to encourage your kids to eat healthier or stay active? Let us know!