Do you struggle with getting your kids to eat the right kinds of foods? I wanted to share a few of my secrets with you and what I do to get my kids to eat their veggies.
Set the example-
Your kids aren’t going to be very excited about eating broccoli when mom and dad are eating potato chips. Set the example. Show your kids that they aren’t going to wither away if they eat something green (that doesn’t jiggle). They want what you have so if you have healthy stuff on your plate they will want it too.
Yep. Wash their little brains. They rely on you so much during their early years of life. Your kids will hang on every word that you speak. Why not make those words count? Say things like “oh my goodness, this green pepper is extra delicious today!” or “I just LOVE spinach!”. Gabe (who is 5) will tell you that fruit is God’s candy. He learned that from his parents who believe that we don’t need to add corn syrup and red dye to food to make it taste good. God gave us food that tastes pretty awesome just how it is.
Don’t give them choices-
My kids don’t get the option of being picky. Everyone gets the same food on their plate. This was something that I actually learned growing up. Whatever meal that mom or dad cooked that night was the meal that everyone ate. Period. Oh and guess what?? The kiddos had better be thankful for it too! 🙂 I barely have enough hours in the day to plan and cook 3 meals. There’s no way I would fix completely different meals for each member of the family.
Ok, not too young. I start my children on solid foods AFTER the 6 month mark (but closer to 8). The why behind that is a completely other post. But in any case, most people start their babies on whole foods (whether pureed or otherwise), so why do we change to less wholesome foods the older they get? As the parent, you have the ability to start your children on the right foot when it comes to diet. Make smart choices for them young and I promise, they will thank you later!
Make healthy decisions at the grocery store-
This one is kind of obvious, but it makes a lot of sense. If you want your kids to stop eating junk food then stop buying it! By the time they are old enough to buy their own junk foods, hopefully the lessons you’ve instilled with them will help them make smarter decisions. Don’t keep special treats in the house, make special treats something that you chose to indulge in outside of the home.