Do your children push away spinach or refuse to eat broccoli? Do they shun the fresh fruit you offer them for snacks and dessert? If you want to get your kids to eat healthier, it helps to make their meals and snacks fun to eat.
As you know from following the South Beach Diet, healthy foods, like vegetables and fruits in a rainbow of colors can actually be an appealing alternative to junk food. Start your kids on the road to better health early, by asking younger children to list their favorite veggies and fruits, and if they’re not sure, help them out with a quick online photo tutorial. Then make an effort to incorporate some of their picks into the meals that you prepare.
force your children to eat what’s on their plate. Provide them with small
servings of new vegetables and fruits at first, and then reintroduce those
foods regularly in various ways. Perseverance will pay off.
- Encourage your
children to help with food shopping, and meal preparation (if they’re old
enough). Studies show that children will often try new foods if they have
helped to shop for and prepare them. Older children can help cut up vegetables
and fruits. Younger ones can whisk salad dressings and toss the salad,
- Get dipping: Kids
love to dip. Serve raw veggies with a low-sugar prepared ranch dressing or with
hummus. Or offer them tomato salsa or a Greek yogurt dip, such as tzatziki,
made with cucumbers.
- Invite your
children to taste canned, frozen, and fresh veggies (don’t tell them which is
which in advance), and let them choose their favorite. In many cases, the
canned and frozen versions can be as healthy as fresh.
- Use cookie
cutters to make fun shapes out of melon slices. Kids love experimenting —
then eating their experiments.
- Help kids make
fruit kebabs using fresh melon chunks, cherries, bananas, grapes, and kiwis. Be
sure to trim the sharp tips off wooden skewers and supervise children closely.
- On hot days, freeze fruits like bananas, grapes, blueberries, and mango, to enjoy right out of the freezer.