Top 5 Tips To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthier
It seems like every parent I know are trying to help their kids eat healthier. So I am going to give you my top 5 tips! Getting Lexi to eat better was not always easy, but with time and patience we have made major improvements.
1.) Explain How Food Breaks Down Into Their Body.
So this one is straight forward, and one of my power tools in getting Lexi and myself to eat better. When your child says “EW, gross I am NOT going to eat that.” That is my cue to whip out my phone and look into WHY what I am giving them is beneficial. For example, tonight we had salmon. I have never made it at home before, and the look we received wasn’t pleasant. So I found this out:
- Salmon has omega-3 fatty acid-helps brain and memory function
- Selenium in the fish- good for hair, skin, nails, and bones
- Protein- helps your body heal, helps maintain muscle mass
I could go on and on. After reading this tonight, she ate at least 15 small bites of salmon.
2.) You Need To Try One Bite
I don’t force Lexi to eat her dinner, or finish her pate. But if she tells me she doesn’t like something, and I know she hasn’t had it many times.. I tell her just try one bite. Usually after the bite she will say she hates it. But, this has helped me to get her to eat the following foods after 2-4 tries.
- Brussel sprouts
Again, I could go on and on. Usually between tip 1 and tip 2 she has come around to a ton of different foods.
3.) Respect Them As People.
Look I get it, we want our kids to eat healthy. It is our responsibility. But this does not mean to force your children to eat food. I personally hated three things as a kid: brussel sprouts, avocados and sauerkraut. Now today I like brussel sprouts, and avocados. Although, sauerkraut, heck no! I actually just started eating brussel sprouts this year, and I am twenty-three. You have to respect them if they gag or seriously despise after the 1 bite rule. For Lexi this is celery. It is okay! I will encourage her to try it maybe in a few years, but right now, I do not care! Respecting your children goes a long way.
4.) Let’s Talk Juice
I’m going to say it. So all you health moms out there don’t hunt me down! I buy Lexi juice. Now, I only buy her Organic juice boxes that have no added sugar, no added corn syrup, and about 9g of sugar. What I do is I only buy 1 box that has 8 juices in it a week. Then I put them in the fridge and she has free range over them. If she chooses to have three a day, she will run out in about two days. Now you might think I am crazy. However, when I tell her one a day she feels restricted and will want them 24/7. So usually she will just drink 1 a day to have some left over. In the end its her choice.
Now with that being said. She drinks WATER!!! She doesn’t like milk, and she doesn’t need it. Lexi is not a baby calf. How did I get her to drink water? It wasn’t an option. Child can not live on a juice box alone! Also my husband is a wonderful example, he drinks water and that is it. I try to be that example. I gave up diet soda recently… so I pretty much deserve a metal.
5.) I Buy The Snacks!
I am the boss, I choose what we buy! This is a list of what I always have snack wise for her.
- Carrots (She LOVES THEM)
- Yogurt (Look for less sugar)
- Apple Sauce (Look for no added sugar)
- Cheese Stick
- Ham (fresh deli meat)
But I also have some yummy snacks as well, like jello, pudding, and we have a candy jar with dark chocolate. I do buy organic/ less sugar fruit snacks every few weeks. Then I put the food out, and she gets to pick. When it runs out, it’s out! In conclusion, my husband and I don’t control her, and because of this she is an intuitive eater. In another post I will touch on how to help your kids be intuitive eaters!
Do you have any tips to get your children to eat healthy? If so I would love to hear them!