Be a Role Model
Most of us are so used to eating out and buying prepared foods when we go grocery shopping, that we don’t even know how to differentiate between healthy and junk food. In order to be good role models we must educate ourselves first and then practice what we preach. Encouraging our children to choose healthy meals over junk food requires us to first make a few dietary changes ourselves.
Most families don’t consume adequate amounts of fiber on a daily basis. Breakfast is an easy place to sneak it in. Look for high-fiber cereals for a quick early morning fix.
Introduce New Foods Slowly
Children generally do not enjoy trying out new types of food, especially things they haven’t seen before, and more importantly if it contains a lot of green. When introducing new types of food, explain to them that it may not be a delight at first but with time, once they get accustomed to it, they’d throw a tantrum without it!
Encourage Them to Come Shopping With You
When you go shopping with your kids, encourage them to help you select “healthy items” that they would like to eat. Watch your kids, sometimes he or she would stop at the vegetable stalls and just look. Use that moment to approach them and ask them if they would like to try that out for dinner one night. Children are curious and by exposing them to foods they would ideally refuse in a more non-invasive manner, they would be willing to be more open to the idea of trying them out.
Moderation is a key factor! Eating healthy is good but letting your kid have a cookie once in a while would do no harm. If he or she wants to order food from out one night, let them help you choose a healthy meal. There are plenty of healthy food delivery options today. Know more about healthy food delivery on this website.
By allowing healthy food delivery, you would notice that your kids are a little more excited about trying something that they helped to order
Let Kids Help In The Kitchen.
Allow and persuade your children to help you prepare their meals. Cooking is a skill that will reward them for a lifetime and kids would learn to appreciate the food and would like to consume a particular dish if they have been a part of cooking it.
These are a few tried and tested tips on how to make your children eat healthier. As long as you manage to set a good example, they should come through.