Do you feel that feeding your kid is the toughest part of parenting? Running behind them with a spoon, showing them imaginary things and bribing them. The entire process seems endless and daunting.
While teaching kids to eat healthily can be tricky, as a parent, you should encourage your munchkin to develop healthy eating habits that they will carry into adulthood.
It will certainly take time and patience to develop these habits so it’s best not to force things or offer unhealthy foods as a reward.
Just give your child an opportunity to decide how much to eat, what to eat and whether to eat at all or not. If you see growth, health and well-being in you bub, then assume that they’re getting enough to eat.
Here are a few creative ways to incorporate healthy eating in your pumpkin:
Eat together as a family. Family meals are comforting for both parents and kids. Little ones who take part in regular family meals are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains and less likely to snack on unhealthy foods.
Start at a young age. Food preferences develop in early life. So expose your child to different kinds of food early.
Stock up only healthy foods. Kids mostly eat what’s available at home. That’s why it’s important to control the supply lines and ensure that only healthy food reaches the counter.
Let them make their plate. Give your buttercup liberty to tell you when they are full and finished eating. This will naturally regulate the amount they eat and they won’t feel pressured to finish what’s on their plate.
Be a role model. The best way to encourage healthy eating in your baby is to eat well yourself. So start eating fruits, vegetables and indulge in nutritious stuff.
Get the kids involved. Kids love cooking so involve them in making healthy choices and planning a balanced meal.
Try new foods. It takes up to 10-15 tries for kids to accept new foods. Introduce new foods one at a time and be sure to offer it with foods that your child already enjoys.
Encourage your kid to drink more water. Overconsumption of sweetened drinks, sodas or artificial juices is linked to obesity in children.
Screen time with food is duh-ahhh. Put a limit on TV, computer, or video game time. Snacking while watching TV leads to mindless eating.
Be creative. Try to choose fruits and veggies in different colours, textures and tastes. This will interest them.
What creative ways do you use to inculcate healthy eating in kids?