Most parents know that it can be really hard to get their children to eat healthy foods, however it’s vital that they get all the proper nutrition to help them develop. But with more and more children choosing unhealthy foods such as chips and chicken nuggets, along with these options being more convenient and easy to make, it’s becoming harder and harder to get your kids to eat healthy food.
Make it fun
If your child’s going to have fun preparing and eating healthy foods, the idea of getting the correct nutrition will be more likely to be one that appeals to them. A good idea is to let them prepare their own packed lunch to take to their child care centre, and present them with a variety of fruits and vegetables to add to it. Carrots, apples and celery sticks make great finger foods, and paired with a tasty dip, it’ll be an option that your child can learn to love. Making smiley faces on a plate out of various salad items is a method that many parents swear by, as well as making broccoli and cauliflower ‘trees’ to stand up in mash. Many parents also chop or blend vegetables finely to hide in sauces, which is a brilliant way of making sure that your child gets the correct nutrition without even knowing they’re eating it.
Speak to their school
Although most care centres, especially long day care centres that provide lunch will have healthy options on display and educate children about the importance of eating healthily, many will also offer unhealthy options that are quicker and easier to prepare in bulk for feeding a lot of hungry little mouths. If you feel that your child isn’t getting healthy food at their child care centre, it’s a good idea to speak to the teachers or head teacher about changing the menu on offer. Many other parents will probably feel the same way, so get a group of you together to challenge the school to provide a healthier lunchtime choice. If you can’t get your child’s preschool to change their ways, preparing a healthy packed lunch for them to take in is an alternative option.
Start as you mean to go on
Children who are brought up eating healthy foods from day one are more likely to continue these good habits throughout their life. The sooner you get your child eating and enjoying healthy foods, the more likely it is that they will begin to prefer the taste of natural, healthy nutritious foods such as fruit and vegetables.