If you have picky eaters, this blog is for you!
Making health a priority can sometimes seem impossible. It can feel over whelming, time consuming, and expensive but thankfully with these helpful tips we can turn your picky eater into a healthy eating machine!
#1 Let Your Kids pick out the recipe – You can go to Pinterest, Google, or your favorite cookbook. Pull up a few recipes and let your child participate in choosing what you and the family want for dinner.
#2 Let Them Get their Hands Dirty – Allow them to help you safely prepare the dishes and drinks. This is a team effort, and they’ll be thrilled to eat what you all created together.
#3 The 2 Option Rule – Sometimes just by offering two options kids feel like they are able to “choose” and are more apt to try new healthy snacks and/or foods. For example Offer them a Strawberry Coconut Shake or a Chocolate Banana Shake. Or Carrots with ranch or Apples with Almond Butter. Even just offering them options leads to a more relaxed environment where they don’t feel pressured to eat one thing!
#4 Don’t Make it a Big Deal – Why when we start to change our eating habits for the better, do we feel the need to announce it to the world. If you don’t make it a big deal it usually isn’t. You can teach your children why healthy and nutritious foods are so good for them without making it a huge spectacle. Also, kids typically want to try or eat what you as parents are eating. If you make it a big deal now it can become intimidating and and overwhelming. When in doubt KIS it (Keep it Simple).
#5 Clean out the Crap – If you don’t buy it they won’t eat it! Kids don’t “need” processed sugar around them at all times. That doesn’t mean that they can never have a doughnut or ice cream ever again but use it as a treat or special occasion. Why would you want to feel your kids up with foods that you don’t want to eat. Secondly, in all my years of nutrition counseling I have never seen a kid starve to death!
Now you have the tips and tricks you need to get your kids on the path of healthy happy lifestyles!