You may be struggling with getting your kids to eat healthy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Food can be healthy and fun at the same time. Let’s look at a few fun ways to serve healthy food to your family all day long:
Start the Day Right: Give your kids a delicious, healthy breakfast by getting rid of the prepackaged cereals, pastries and bars. Many of these handy foods contain lots of sugar and ingredients you and I can’t even pronounce. And, yes, that includes the so-called healthy breakfast bars. Replace these sugary foods with healthy foods like poha, egg & toast, jam rolls, or dosa. Fill a chapaati with jam, or scrambled eggs, or veggies for a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your kids will have fun eating. Create a grab-and-go breakfast by wrapping the chapaati rolls in aluminum foils. Another quick and fun breakfast item is dosas. To make breakfast time a little easier, make the dosa batter the night before.
Got to Have a Snack: Most kids prefer sweets when they’re looking for a snack. Give them fruits or oatmeal cookies so you can control the sugar. Fruit snacks and Fruit Roll-Ups that are made from 100% fruit juice are great ways to give your kids healthy snacks. Fresh fruit juice is a delicious substitute for those sugary fruit punch drinks. You can even cut the expense by adding a little water to the fruit juice. Pour the juice over ice and your kids will think they have a grown up drink and won’t even notice the lack of sugar.
Lunch is Served: Whether your child is taking a packed lunch to school or whether they’re eating lunch at home, chances are you want to serve food that is healthy to eat and quick to make. Your day is busy, and so is your child’s day! Look at what your child typically likes to eat for lunch and see if you can make it better. These simple lunch box tricks will have your kids fed quickly and that too in a healthier way. Two of the foods that come to mind are sandwiches and chapaati rolls. These are simple foods that can be made ahead of time and packed up for lunch or even heated quickly at home.
Dinner Time: It’s the end of a busy day and your kids are hungry again. Involve your kids in the meal planning and they will eat healthier and happier. Look at the dinnertime menu as a time to find kid-tested dishes that you can make healthy. Homemade pizza can be a great way to get a variety of healthy foods into your child’s diet. Toppings like corn, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, and other veggies are nutritious and when presented with the choice of “building” a pizza, kids tend to jump right in. Lay small chapaatis out on a baking sheet and have your kids choose their toppings for their very own individual pizzas. Another fun food that kids like to assemble is rolls. Provide healthy choices for fillings and let your kids get creative.
The secret to getting kids to eat healthy is in the fun presentation. Arrange an assortment of healthy foods in a fun way on your child’s plate and you are most likely going to watch that food disappear. It’s not difficult to get kids to eat healthy foods when you use a little extra thought and planning. Start with these simple tips and you may soon be surprised to see how healthy your child will eat.