Oh the dreaded meal time challenges! Getting our kids to eat healthy can sometimes feel like pulling teeth!
With Halloween just around the corner, I want to share with you my “tricks” for kids that will “treat” their bodies with health now and into their adulthood!
Momma K’s Tricks To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthy:
- Go green in the morning!
I find the best opportunity to get in those greens is during morning breakfast! My little tanks are hungry after a long slumber and I find they will eat most anything I put in front of them! Try Sophie and Olivia’s green smoothie for breakfast. In blender, mix 1 cup chopped Kale, 1 cup fresh spinach, 5 -6 prunes, 1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax (optional ** Check with Doc if there is a family history of allergies!)
- Dip it!
If your kids refuse to eat their veggies, play with different dips! Hummus, tzatziki, salsa, other yogurt-based dips. S&O LOVE their hummus! Our current “key” to getting in some greens! 😉
- Let that imagination run wild!
Make food fun for kids and an opportunity to try new things and use their big imaginations! Broccoli are magical trees in the forest! Carrot sticks, celery stalks and green beans are all magical wands! Make a wish and take a bite for that wish to come true! Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries all Mother Nature’s candy! What kid doesn’t love something with the name “candy” in it?!
- Cheese Please?
A little sprinkle of cheese can do wonders! Add a healthy dose of calcium to steamed broccoli and I have no doubt that your little ones will be screaming for more… 😉
- Taste the Rainbow!
Reds, yellows, purple, greens and blues! Get them all in! Have your child pick their favorite rainbow color and get them involved in choosing healthy colored foods!
- Make a menu with pictures of fruits and vegetables that turns into a placemat!
I saw this incredible idea in a Parents magazine! Laminate a menu with pictures of all of the fruits and vegetables and allow kids to pick what they want to eat. Turn it into a placemat so that they can have fun looking at the foods that they chose while they are eating them.
- Make it a Muffin!
Muffins are a great way to get a whole lot of goodness into your kiddo. Home make your muffins with whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat cereals, chia, ground flax, hemp hearts, blended nuts/seeds, fruit, carrot, zucchini! Make your muffins fun!
- Don’t be the food police!
Serve your child a variety of healthy and balanced meals, but try to stay neutral with what they will and will not eat in that meal. If you try to force them to eat a certain food, they will only further resist. 🙁
- Get your kids involved!
Include your kids in the kitchen and at the grocery store! Have your child help with the grocery list. Have them help pick out the produce at the grocery store. Have them help in the kitchen. This is a great opportunity to teach them about food, where it comes from, what is healthy, what is unhealthy, what a healthy balanced diet is. Introduce them to health at a young age. One of the best gifts we can give to our children!
- Lead by example!
They are always watching you. Be the role model! Practice what your preach! If your kids see you filling your body with junk, they will want to follow suit. Make health a family and team effort!
Kelly, S & O xo