A balanced diet is a major component in every healthy person’s life as it builds a healthy strong body that’s less prone to diseases and infections, as an adult, it’s easy to choose leading a healthy lifestyle, well, not easy, but easier than when you’re a child and less important as well, for healthy diets when you’re a child are more important because your body is still developing, however, getting a child to eat healthy is a difficult task, that’s why we got you a couple of tips that could help you with such a complicated task.
Keeping healthy food at hand
Keeping healthy food around has the benefit of getting the child’s attention, so a bowl of fresh fruit here and some fresh vegetables in the fridge there can do the trick.
Having meals together as a family
Studies show that this traditional habit is related to leading a healthy lifestyle, for it specifies meal times as well as giving children less distractions as they eat.
Giving credit for healthy food choices
A simple complement or a warm smile when your child eats healthy could go a long way in motivating them into developing a good habit.
Refrain from negative criticism
Criticizing your child’s choices could develop a negative reaction to some foods, keep observing their food intake, as well as providing and promoting healthy foods, yet don’t resort to destructive criticism.
Involve your children in the meal preparation process as well as shopping
Such activities enhance your awareness of your children’s likes and dislikes, while giving you the chance to educate them about nutrition and the importance of each ingredient, in addition to the kids being more willing to consume food they participated in preparing.
Experience with flavors
If you know that your children are keeping away from certain foods because they don’t like the way they taste, you can experiment with dips and flavors within limits to get them to get used to these foods.
Encourage your kids to eat slowly
When we eat slowly that leads to consuming fewer calories over the course of the meal as it creates actual biochemical changes that lessens your tendency to overeat as a longer meal time helps the brain to recognize fullness, thus the feeling of hunger fades away.
Allow unhealthy treats every once in a while
Having food that’s not completely healthy every once in a while, isn’t a major issue as it won’t do harmful damage, and at the same time it cancels out the idea that some foods are forbidden, lessening the reaction of your children, while making such foods more enjoyable to them.
Be a positive role model
Kids have great observation skills when it comes to behavior, so pay close attention to yours, for if they notice you’re advising them to abide to certain habits while you’re not committed to such, that will drive them towards a bad direction and would damage your credibility in their eyes.
Schedule meals especially snacks
Speaking of planning meals, a planned meal system is very beneficial for you and your children, yet when it comes to snacks, it’s a bit tricky, as snacks are usually random, that’s why you can set up a correct time for snacks as well as their type, ensuring that your children won’t disrupt their meals by being too full during meal time and that they will be having something healthy.
Add some adventure to the food experience
At early ages, children are more interested in how food looks, smells and feels like than its nutritious value, that’s exactly where you come in, as you can enhance their healthy food experience, either by having discussions with them about healthy foods tastes, smells and such, or by adding a little imagination to the recipe pointing out the resemblances these foods have with things your children like, like the colors of fruits and vegetables and the rainbow and so on.
Don’t use food as a punishment
Some parents resort to punishing their kids by sending them to bed without dinner, this is not just a bad way to discipline your child, it also could lead to health issues, for the kid punished would think they would get hungry if they have done something wrong, thus children would resort to eating whenever they got a chance to and we all know how unhealthy unplanned meals are.