Green is mean!
That might be your child’s attitude when you serve any green vegetable to them. Of course, they might also be averse to any other color vegetable and anything else that is considered healthy.
No matter your attempts to advocate the need to eat healthier, your words might fall by the wayside if your kids are reluctant to touch anything that is good for them.
It can be frustrating, as you will know yourself if your child is a picky eater.
So, what can you do to ensure your kids eat healthier?
Well, here are some ideas we hope you find useful!
1: Make healthy food more enjoyable
As we discussed in an earlier article, it is possible to make healthy food more enjoyable to eat.
You could sprinkle a little bit of seasoning on your children’s food as it might make the taste more palatable.
You could smother their veggies in their favorite sauces too as they might be more willing to have a go at eating what’s in front of them.
If you have a blender, you could make soups and fruit smoothies, as your kids might enjoy these if they don’t like eating certain foods whole.
And as most children enjoy eating pizza, you could add healthy toppings when you’re creating them.
These are just a few ideas but be creative, and look for more inspiration online if you need to.
2: Stop ordering unhealthy takeout
Getting takeout is a real treat for families everywhere. Kids love them because the food is usually pretty tasty. And parents love them because they don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
But here’s the thing about takeout. It’s rarely very healthy. While it can be considered fine as the occasional treat, it doesn’t do much for anybody’s health if eaten regularly.
So, here’s what you could do. Firstly, look online for healthy takeaway restaurants in your area. There are bound to be a few, so choose those that serve foods your family is likely to eat.
Secondly, replace a normal takeout with a meal kit subscription service. Services, such as Hello Fresh, will deliver what you need to your door, and you need only to spend a short amount of time getting everything ready for your meal. Check out their healthy meal kits online or try a Hello Fresh alternative if your family would prefer something different.
3: Get the kids involved
Would your kids eat healthier if they have a hand in preparing your family meals? Maybe! It’s worth a try.
They could prepare the toppings needed for a healthy pizza, or they could make these fun and healthy snacks. Look online for other ideas and get busy with your kids in the kitchen.
Of course, meal prep starts before they get on their aprons. If you have a garden or any type of outside space, your kids could grow their own vegetables. Not only will this get them outdoors and away from their screens for a while, but they might be more likely to eat the foods that they have grown.
Getting children to eat healthier can be a battle. However, we hope these tips were useful for you so give them a go if you’re currently at war with your kids at mealtimes. If you have any further ideas, please comment below!
Thank you for reading!