Do you have a picky eater in your family? Perhaps you are the picky eater! Either way, my top 5 tips for getting your child to eat healthy whole foods, will have you shouting for joy as you see your child eating foods their body needs to thrive and build immunity. It’s so gratifying.
Tip #1. Educate them
You know the old saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”? Same goes for kids and healthy foods. You can tell them how amazing and wonderful fruits and veggies are until you’re blue in the face. But until you actually sit down with your child (and a good age appropriate anatomy book) and do some hands on teaching, they likely just won’t care what foods are going in their bodies.
As you show them pictures of the body and teach them how food travels through the body and how it effects the cells, the organs, the brain, and how the nutrients are absorbed, your child will be engaged and eager to learn more. Teach them how foods is digested. Teach them how eating dark green leafy vegetables are healing to their bodies and help them focus better in school or work. Do a good job here and go into some detail.
Educate often. Schedule these sit-downs every 3-6 months. Your child is bombarded with fast food ads, junk food ads, and friends’ influence eating garbage, keep the nutrition conversation on-going as they are growing up. When they get a bit older and they start to develop acne, or just don’t feel well, you can teach them how cleaning up the gut cleans up the skin and heals many bodily pitfalls including mood swings and hormone imbalance.
Tip # 2. Get rid of the junk food (and you’ll stop worrying about snacking)
It’s time to purchase healthier snacks for your kids. When I was growing up, I didn’t have my mom there when I got home from school. She was working a full time job. Us kids had to depend on whatever was in the pantry for an after school snack. And the after school time is the time kids are the absolute hungriest. What was in the pantry you ask? Packaged and convenience foods. Cereal, pop tarts, fruit snacks, chips, soda, candy. These were the grab and go items that every kid was eating.
These foods did us no favors. Members in my family including me had acne, mood swings, tantrums, depression, anxiety, bloating, gas, obesity, diabetes, & even Parkinson’s disease & Dementia. The majority of any issue can be helped with a healthy diet and stress management.
Learn to make a healthy after school snack board. You can download my FREE 7 page PDF of healthy snack boards HERE. Serving up a healthy snack board first thing when your kids get home is great idea. It gives them a variety of foods to pick from and expand their palate. Your children may not eat those foods right away, but over time (and as you get rid of the junk), their bodies will definitely get used to them and even crave them.
Are you a working parent who isn’t home when your kids get home from school? Or perhaps your children spend their time in an after school program. It’s a good idea to plan and prepare each week with healthy snacks in your cupboard that you’re okay with them eating. Think applesauce, nuts and seeds, trail mix, popcorn, and healthy crackers. Have apples, oranges, bananas, mango’s, pears, berries, celery & peanut butter, hummus and carrots, all handy for your child to grab and eat after school or pack to take with them.
Rethink the way you feed your family
A study was done where several families from different countries were given $500 to spend on a weeks worth of food. Many families not influenced by a western diet, had delicious healthy foods from which they made amazing meals. The American family…well…I’ll let you take a look for yourself.
It really goes without saying, we need to change out diets. We need to feel ourselves and our children better. With diabetes and obesity on the rise, we as parents need to give our kids a chance at life. A healthy life.
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