Getting your children to eat healthy and homemade food can be made easier by take a few simple steps – involve your kids in grocery shopping, especially when it comes to buying lunch items.
This is a great way to get them involved in adopting healthy eating habits. Yes, you might hear some unreasonable and impractical demands but that’s a good start to getting your kids interested in the normal daily routine that is essential for their mental and physical development
Eating Right – Healthy Tips for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
When it comes to healthy eating habits where kids are concerned, the main focus should be on making sure that they are consuming the right calories through nutritious meals and snacks.
Following are a few tips that you can try to make your kids eat healthy:
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While the occasional cereal boxes or jam sandwiches are fine, adding more nutritious breakfast dishes can get them off to a good start. A healthy and tasty smoothies, plenty of fruits and seeds to keep them going until lunch time. Check out our back to school recipe posts on Instagram
- When it comes to snacking, rather than handing your kids a bag of crisps and a carton of juice, stock up on healthy snack ideas which are either shop-bought or homemade such as fruit shoots, unsalted nuts, sugar-free trail mix, popcorn and unsweetened yoghurt
- Ensure they have plenty of opportunities to be hydrated, so a re-fillable water bottle can help plus coconut water which is full of minerals and nutrients and keep the body well hydrated
- Monitor your children’s eating habits, so that you can get to know their likes and dislikes
- Replace simple sugars with other sources such as fruits
5 Healthy Kids and Foods Tips for Parents
1. Control the Buy but Give Them a Choice
It can be a little difficult to go shopping with kids but to help them develop healthy eating habits, then this shopping trip can be a great tool. The key to making sure that they are not upset with the lunch snacks given is to provide them a choice. You can control the supply line and then present them with options. Every once in a while, they can enjoy the treat of a chocolate bar or something else they enjoy.
2. Let Go of the “Clean-Plate” Rule
If you are packing something new in their lunch box, get them accustomed to it at home first. Kids have different levels of appetite and sometimes they might not finish the plate. So, let them eat at their own pace. As for the new food item, offer them a taste at home before it becomes a regular lunchbox item.
3. Drink Calories Count
Remember that fruit juices and what seem like healthy drinks do contain sugars and count towards the calorie intake. Find the most suitable option for your child and opt for drinks which are wholesome and nutritious. If they will be running around a lot in the daytime, then give them the drinks they will need to support that.
4. Limit the Sweets
Homemade bakery items made with healthy flours, fats and sugars is a great way to add copious amounts of nutrients to the foods the family eats. Limiting sweets is a great way to direct kids towards eating healthy. Kids love to eat what they make themselves, so allow them to bake with you.
5. Keeps Portions Healthy
When it comes to packing lunch, keep the portions to the size you know your child will consume and that they will not remain hungry. By taking simple steps like replace juice cartons with whole fruits, crisps with vegetables and a hummus dip and so on, they will be getting the best possible nutrients.
When kids are growing, they need a little bit of everything, so make sure that whatever you are packing is nutritious and to their liking. Here are a few simple recipes for snacks that you can give to your child after school:
Banana Freezer Bites
- Banana: 2
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips: ½ cup
- Cinnamon sugar
- Cut the banana into bite-sized pieces
- Place them on a tray and spear a toothpick in each and freeze for 1 hour
- Melt the chocolate chips
- Dip the frozen bananas in chocolate
- Sprinkle cinnamon sugar and coconut on top
- Freeze for 15 minutes
Your banana bites are ready. Enjoy!
Inside-Out Cucumber Sandwiches
- Cream cheese
- Cheddar cheese slices
- Slices of tomato
- Any other ingredient they find tasty
- Cut the cucumber into thick round slices
- Spread some cream cheese on a slice of cucumber
- Place one slice of tomato, cheese, other ingredients you choose on the cucumber
- Place another slice of cucumber on top
Voila! Your cucumber sandwiches are ready.
Confused how to how to kick-start this trend with your kids? Turn this shopping trip into family time on the weekends. Teach your kids on how to see the labels and encourage them to make their own healthy choices.
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