Getting your children to eat anything remotely healthy can feel like a task and a half sometimes! Anything can feel like a battle, such as getting them to do their homework, but by helping your kids to get into a healthy diet at the start, it will set them up for life! There are many ways to try and get your children to eat their greens, and some are downright devious! But if you are worried about your child not getting the essential nutrients from their food, then you need to try a few of these options…
Yes, it may feel a bit of a back door approach to getting your kids to eat their broccoli, but by offering them the dessert if they eat all their greens is sometimes the only way. It can feel like a battle of wills, especially if they flat out refuse to eat their greens and you think that giving them the dessert will keep them quiet. But this just means that you’ve lost the battle.
Make A Healthy Version Of Their Favorite
If they like pancakes, make a version of their favorite with certain things substituted. You can look at the article Best American Pancake Recipes - Quick, Easy And Delicious for some great ideas, including banana pancakes. But by introducing them to healthy foods that are on their level, it makes the process of transition from unhealthy foods to healthy foods a bit more gradual and easier for them to cope with. And while you're making them their pancakes, give them the option of what fruits they want in their batter mix. Giving them more choice over their meal will help them to make healthier choices as they grow older.
Herb It Up!Italian meals are full of vegetables, but you never notice because it is so delicious! Mexican food has so many bits of crunchy lettuce, carrot, and healthy pulses that you wouldn’t think they were good for you. So take some inspiration and make meals that are full of vegetables but are so jammed with flavor! Take the classic Italian ragu or spaghetti bolognaise; the sauce consists of garlic, onions, celery, and carrots. But they are so finely chopped in the recipe that you don’t even notice they are there! Making a taco that is full of sour cream, home-made guacamole as well as sliced carrot and cucumber in addition to the flavorsome meat is a great way to introduce vegetables in a more exciting way than just having some vegetables on the side of the plate! And when the children get the taste for vegetables, you can start to present them on the side of the plate. But the trick, in this case, is to make them tasty! Carrots soaked in orange juice for a sweet taste, or broccoli covered in a herby and buttery sauce, and sweet potato fries instead of fries are great ways to make the gradual leap to healthy foods. The wider the variety, the more they have to choose from.