TEACHING CHILDREN HEALTHY EATING THE FUN WAY

TEACHING CHILDREN HEALTHY EATING THE FUN WAY

A huge part of getting our children to an acceptable quality is us parents and guardians taking charge to model good eating behaviors, and thinking up ways to uplift awareness and develop the long-term skill of creating good choices.

As parents, one of our hopes for our kids is them being able to make smart decisions for themselves. Arming yourself with these fun methods will educate them to eventually think for themselves when making food choices.

Give your food a personality

Throughout the years, fast food advertisers and promoters have been integrating language to peddle their products to kids, so why can’t we use the same method with healthy food? Talk about the powers of healthy food on the plate with your kids in your life, and represent every food with a Superhero name. Examples are Powerpunch broccolis, X-ray Vision Carrots, and even Super Strong Spinach.

Play with food

Kids will have this endless interest in cooking, therefore bring them to the kitchen to help you cook some delicious and healthy dishes. They won’t complain if you decide to put a handful of spinach into the blender, as long as they get to press the button. You can turn leftover smoothies to popsicles! Make cute shapes out of food. Getting your kids involved in the food making will definitely get them invested in the food they eat.

Don’t ignore the other side

While you’re discussing the powerful benefits of healthy food, don’t forget to let them know about the dangers of processed/junk food. I know, it can be a difficult battle between the alluring marketing to kids in the grocery store. You can download apps that teach kids how to make healthy food choices. An app called Fooducate allows your kids to scan product labels and identify if it’s healthy or not. If it shows an F-score, it will discourage them to include it in the cart. Discuss where each food came from and what ingredients are used.

Eat what you grow

Everything is almost ready-to-eat nowadays. But one way to get your kids excited about eating healthy food is by building your own backyard garden. You can let your kids choose which plants/vegetables/ fruits to plant. Also, allow them keep an eye on your garden, removing weeds, watering, and etc.

REDUCING PORTION SIZE

REDUCING PORTION SIZE

A behavioral research shows that environmental signals like wide plates and large cups stimulate us to eat and drink more compared to when they’re smaller. Therefore, you should consider weighing down on the plate and cup sizes, not just for the kids, but for your whole family as well.

Eating regularly can also help holding hunger at bay. If your children are active, eating 2-3 healthy snacks with 3 meals a day is already nutritious. Maintaining this frequent meals and snacks at child-sized portions will help keep an eye on the calorie intake. Eating snacks may not be associated with obesity. Children love eating snacks, and it can be a good method to heighten nutrient intake. Just don’t forget to keep snacks healthy, which can be done by including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy foods, and nuts. Also, don’t forget to keep the portion sizes small. Snacks are NOT meal replacements and they shouldn’t be more than your kid’s meal.

DON’T IGNORE THE OTHER SIDE

DON’T IGNORE THE OTHER SIDE

While you’re discussing the powerful benefits of healthy food, don’t forget to let them know about the dangers of processed/junk food. I know, it can be a difficult battle between the alluring marketing to kids in the grocery store. You can download apps that teach kids how to make healthy food choices. An app called Fooducate allows your kids to scan product labels and identify if it’s healthy or not. If it shows an F-score, it will discourage them to include it in the cart. Discuss where each food came from and what ingredients are used.