Although you may enjoy preparing and buying healthy foods, some kids are known to be picky eaters. Making them eat what is healthy can be a difficult task. Kids often develop a natural preference for food they like eating the most. So, it is up to us to make fruits, veggies and other healthy choices more appealing. Follow these tips to help them eat healthier.
Encourage your kid to eat a wider variety of foods
Limit snacks throughout the day to avoid filling up between meals. And offer a new food only when your little one is really hungry. When presenting new foods, keep in mind that you need to present only one at a time. Tokeep your kid entertained when eating, create a food collage or cut the food into unusual shapes. To accept the new food, serve it with their favorite foods. For instance, you can add veggies to their favorite soup. Let your kids help you prepare the meal – they will be more willing to eat.
Avoid foods that impair your kid’s mood
Did you know that coffee drinks, energy drinks, and caffeine from a soda can aggravate feeling of depression and trigger anxiety? Kids who drink soda on a daily basis have a higher risk for depression. Sweet desserts, cereals, refined flour, sugary snacks, and fried food can also increase the risk of depression and anxiety in kids.
Make veggies and fruits more appealing
Children often avoid eating healthy foods. But there are always fun ways to make the plate more enticing. The first step is to limit access to salty snacks and unhealthy sweets. You will convince your little one easier than an apple is a treat if there are no cookies on the table. It can be fun for your kid to pick the fruits and veggies too. Keep lots of washed and cut up veggies and fruits on hand. Add shredded or grated veggies to sauces and stews to make them blend in. Think about such recipes where you can sneak healthy veggies into other foods. For instance,carrot muffins, zucchini bread and cauliflower “mac” and cheese are all great recipe ideas.
Eating out with kids
Before you go out with your precious prepare a bag of grapes, carrots and other vegetables and fruits. Avoid fries. Or instead of ordering a plate of macaroni and cheese, opt for chicken and vegetables. If there isn’t a menu for kids, stick to the smallest size.
Keep your kids safe
GMOs are engineered to make foods resistant to pesticides. Your lovely treasure is still developing and it is more sensitive to these toxins. To keep your kids safe, feed them with veggies and fruits, whether they are conventionally or organically grown. Go to local farmers’ markets to find less expensive foods. Or scrub the conventionally grown foods using a brush. To remove the pesticides wash the produce. But remember, that washing won’t remove the pesticides taken up by the stem and roots. When buying meat, choose organic, grass-fed meat.
Don’t ignore weight problems
Kids who are overweight are at greater risk not only for poor self-esteem, but for bone and joint problems, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, and other long-term health problems when they grow up. By making a plan of healthy nutrition and physical activity, you will help your kid halt or slow weight gain.