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Nutritious And Delicious: Easy Ways To Get Kids Into Healthy Eating

If you’re a parent, you’re probably all too familiar with the challenge of getting kids interested in nutritious foods. We’ve all been in a situation where our children refuse to eat their greens or kick up a stink because they want dessert before they’ve finished their main course. When I was a kid, I went through a phase where I would only eat things that were white, which is why my mother invented spinach with rice and mashed potatoes and carrots. It was the only way she could get me to eat something healthy!

kid eathing nutritious food and not happy about it

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If you’re keen to encourage your children to embrace a healthier and more balanced diet, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. Here are some easy ways to get your children into healthy eating.

Cook with Your Kids

You probably know from when you cook at home yourself, that there’s a certain amount of satisfaction involved when you create a meal that tastes great. If you’ve put a lot of effort into a meal, it’s likely that you’re going to enjoy it more. The same rules apply to kids.

If you’ve spent the afternoon with your children preparing ingredients, mixing them together, and waiting to see the results, it makes sense that you’re all going to be enthused about eating your masterpiece. Obviously, there are jobs that are only suitable for adults, but get the kids involved whenever possible.

They can help you get everything ready, measure and weigh the ingredients and then mix them together. Keep things simple when you’re cooking with your children. You don’t want them to lose focus and get bored because they can’t help out with most of the elements. You’ll find a host of easy no bake recipes online, and these are ideal for doing at home with young helpers. If your children show an interest in food, you can also encourage them to learn more and develop their skills by buying some child-friendly cookbooks and kitchen utensils. I have very fond memories of my two kiddie cookbooks: Small World Cook & Color Book and The Cookie Book.

kids eating outside

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Focus on presentation

No matter what age you are, the aesthetic appeal of a plate of food has an impact on your desire to eat it. When you go to a restaurant, and you’re presented with a beautiful meal, you probably can’t wait to dig in. When you have children, looks are everything when it comes to food, so try and bear this in mind.

You don’t have to be a culinary expert to impress your little ones, but the way you present their meals will make a difference. If you’ve got young kids who are reluctant to eat vegetables, for example, try to be creative and make the plate as fun as possible. Create smiley faces, make animal shapes or use food coloring to make things more exciting. I’ll always remember the fun pancakes my father made for me.

panda shaped food for kids

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When you’re cooking with your children, take a couple of minutes to talk to them about the ingredients you’re using, and why they’re beneficial. We all know that vegetables are good for us, but explaining why may encourage your kids to eat their greens without any tantrums.

fruits and veggies

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Your child’s health is probably your number one priority. It’s no secret that it can be challenging to get children to eat healthy foods. However, there are ways of making healthy eating more appealing. I hope these suggestions help you out.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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