5 Best Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy
The 5 BEST ways to Get kids to eat great and healthy food? Is this something that is achievable? As my children grow and they get more and more busy with after school activities, and I also have different things on, eating together can become a challenge. SO here 5 of our best solutions
By exposing the kids to all different kids of veggies, has made a difference over the years, in what they like to eat.
They are always expected to eat everything in front of them but we as the adults do not make eating a huge deal in our house. Eat when the food is there or don’t eat :).
These are some of the Best things that we do in our house and the kids really enjoy it.
1. Have them help you with the menu.
We have decided in our house that each of the 4 children will pick one night of the week to make the supper meal. They will choose the menu and I will make sure the ingredients are in the house. The menu being a meal that includes more than one item. We decided to do this yesterday and already one made his meal of Noodles and Sauce and a Caesar Salad, another on wants to make burgers from scratch. The ideas are endless.
2. Have them help you prepare the food.
Each of the kids can help out with the shopping list and the shopping. By washing and prepping all of the food right after the grocery shopping is done, it is easy for them to make their meals. My younger 2 are 7 and 5 so I will be helping them with there meal however the older 2 that are 13 and 14 will make the food on their own. The agreement is that they make the food, set the table and help/clean up afterward.
3. Have them rate the meal (out of 5) during the meal and then reschedule the same meal on the calendar at a later date.
At the meal every one has a chance to rate the meal and if it is a likeable one we put the meal back on the calendar so the meal planning becomes easier and easier. You will find that your meal planning will become easier and easier as the weeks go by and the great meals get scheduled back onto the calendar.
4. Research where the food comes from.
All the meat, veggies and fruit have to come from some where. Get each child to write down some of there favourite fruits and veggies and then use google to find out how and where these are grown. Some of the food we use we grow right at our house and most of our beef is from the farm. Take them to a local Farmer’s market as part of learning about food.
5. Start growing plants at your house indoors so they can see where the food comes from.
Its easy to grow some of your own food, with seeds, a little water and fertilizer. Depending where you live, this is the time of year to start some of those seeds and you will be able to plant outside in the ground or in pots in a couple of months. You can even buy some kits and some mini greenhouses to get things growing. Here is a link on how to grow seeds from home.
Encourage your kids to get involved with the food and they will become more interested in the good foods that you are encouraging them to eat.