Ways To Get Kids To Eat Fruit & Veggies
Sometimes, getting your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is a struggle. And there are days when it feels like it isn't worth it. But we must remember that if we teach our children healthy eating habits when they are young, the benefits will last for the rest of their lives. Here are five tips to help kids learn to eat their fruits and vegetables and enjoy it!
Having a yummy sauce to dip fruits or veggies in goes a long way in helping kids want to eat fruits and veggies. Give your children a little ranch dressing with their cucumber slices or carrot sticks at lunch. If you would rather make it yourself, hop onto Pinterest or find your favorite recipe. You can pair delicious sauces with fruits as well. Honestly, you could simply spread peanut butter on bananas or apples. For another simple dip, mix peanut butter, yogurt, and honey; it is both easy to make and quite healthy. And your kids will love it.
Your kids will be far more likely to eat their fruits or vegetables if they are presented in an attractive way. In fact, they will probably want to help you transform their food into something adorable. You can turn apples into ladybugs with the help of a little peanut butter and a few raisins (or, you could do the same thing with strawberries and tiny dots of melted chocolate). Use celery, peppers, cucumbers, carrots and more to make adorable veggie bugs. Your kids will not be able to wait for these fun, healthy treats.
Making a smoothie is one be the best ways to hide vitamin-packed vegetables in a delicious snack. Honestly, a very healthy smoothie can often feel like dessert to a young child. Combine yogurt, honey, and frozen fruit for the base. And then sneak in carrot juice and a few spinach leaves. You kids won't know the difference. Feel free to experiment and play around with what works best for you and your kids. Try pineapple, kale, watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumbers in your smoothies. The possibilities are endless.
Let's be honest. Kids love rewards. While you may not want to use this tactic excessively, it can be really helpful when trying to get a young child to eat their fruits and vegetables. You can offer a child a small portion of dessert as a reward for eating (all) their healthy food first. You make a deal such as, "If you can eat three carrot sticks or three slices of cucumber every day for one week without making a fuss, I will take you to the ice cream store." Or, substitute a new toy or a trip to the park as a reward instead of another food item. Either way, earning a reward will motivate your children to eat their fruits and vegetables.
Set a good example
Your kids learn how to act in part from watching you, especially when they are young. So set a good example by being health conscious as you eat. Treat yourself to healthy fruits and vegetables. Eat fruits and veggies with them. Eat fruits and veggies even when you don't require them to. Chances are, when they see you eating and enjoying healthy foods, they will want to give them a try as well. You can even try new and unusual foods together. You might say, "Mama has never had mashed parsnips before. Do you want to try it with me? What will it taste like?" Make eating healthy food a fun adventure that you can do together.
These five tips help make parenting a little bit easier. And they instill good habits into children while they are young in a fun way. It is time to start your healthy eating adventure.