5 Ways to Get Your Kids To Eat Healthier

By Laura Kelly-Pifer

I can remember the day that I came home from my weight loss support group and told the family that I was changing the way that we were eating.  Yep, mom had jumped on the health bandwagon and everyone else was on board, regardless if they wanted to be or not.

Well, it wasn’t long after I tried to put that plan into motion that all hell broke lose and my plan fell apart.  I had to learn of a way that we could try and eat as much of the same things without me spending hours in the kitchen.  I had to learn to be creative and think outside of the box.  I was tired of the girls living off of boxed chicken nuggets and canned corn.  There just had to be a better way!

Without going into a lot of detail, I grew up without spending a whole time in the kitchen.  I did cook and could fumble around but it wasn’t something I was really interested in.  After having both my girls and working a demanding job, I didn’t want to spend hours in front of the stove.  So, this is where I decided to get creative and make healthy eating FUN for us all.  I’m sharing some of my secrets with you!

–       Cookie Cutters – You don’t need a holiday to pull out your cookie cutters.  For example, watermelon in star shapes will be gobbled up in no time.  Want to take this even further?  Using ground beef, chicken or turkey and a few herbs, you can make your own nuggets that are much healthier than the boxed ones I used to make.

–       Dip it – My girls were “dippers” and dipped just about any and everything.  So, taking my precut veggies, I’d make my own dips and dressings and let them have at it.  In the beginning, they’d just lick or suck the dressing off but as they became more adventuresome, they’d bite in, chew and actually swallow their veggies.  You can do they same with fruit too.

–       Get your kids cooking – Another way to get your children to diversify their diets is to involve them in cooking.  Granted, you have to use your judgment for where they can help out in the kitchen but they more they see and do, the more likely that they’ll be interested in trying new things or even helping with the meal planning.

–       Be a role model – As parents, we set an example for how our children act/react to things.  Not everyone has the same tastes in food and that’s perfectly okay.  And we sometimes eat for things that aren’t related to hunger.  Just be aware of what food messages you might be sending.

–       Less can be more – You don’t always have to cook 2 meals.  Offer a balanced meal and allow them to choose from that.  Yes, it might be tough at first but when they see you eating it, they will want to follow your example.

These are just 5 ways that I was able to get my girls to eat more fruits and veggies.  Do you have your own secret tips that you’d be able to share?  I’d LOVE to hear more about what you did.  Comment below or write on my wall.

Wishing you good health!

Laura

 

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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!

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