Like every parent, I struggle to get enough fruits, veggies and lean protein in my kids bellies! I always try to put fruit and veggies on their plates, but it is rare if they eat it all. Lately, I've been having a tough time getting my Mr Max to eat breakfast...I know, this kid is six years old, weighs close to 100 pounds and you would never guess by looking at him that eating can be a challenge! I decided that the one thing I needed to do is get creative with his food.
By giving them positive experiences with healthy food and by making their food fun, will help them eat it! It changes their attitude about eating healthy too and that makes this mama REALLY happy!!
Here are 5 tricks and tips to get your kids to become healthier eaters:
1. Let your kids help you cook!
Involving your kids in preparing kid-friendly healthy dishes will be fun and very messy, but children are more likely to eat something that they have helped to prepare. While your kiddos are assisting you, introduce them to portions, simple fractions and teach them how to use measuring tools.
2. Get Creative
Make silly food faces-See tons of ideas below
3. Take Children Shopping
Young kids love to play grown-up. Make a special trip to the store to let you your kids pick a new fruit or vegetable to try at home. Let them weigh their fruit or veggie of choice, bag it, and put it on the conveyor belt. Once home, let them help you present it to the family.
4. Plan a Family Taste Test
Slice a variety of apples such as, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and McIntosh. To make it even funner, make different dips such as, caramel, marshmallow cream, whipping cream, yogurt, hot fudge, ect. After each taste test, compare the various textures and tastes while you talk about your favorites.
5. Play Fun Games That Involve Healthy Eating
Children who have fun with healthy foods are more likely to want to taste them. I like to roll dice at the table and whatever number it lands on is how many bites they need to eat of the certain food. It gives them control and there is no power struggle when it comes to eating their food. My kids love this!!
I made this funky breakfast the other morning...I just used what I had in my house. Nothing fancy at all...but a silly face made with bacon, eggs and bagels made my kids day off to a great start!
The rest of the pictures are from Jill from meetthedubiens.com. She's obviously pretty amazing and has inspired me to do this for my kiddos!!