Do you want your children to have the best possible chance for a healthy life? Of course you do! One of the best things you can do for them is to create a nutritious diet. This doesn't mean that you have to cook complicated meals every night - in fact, there are many simple ways to make sure your children are getting the nutrients they need. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 easy ways to create a more nutritious diet for your kids!
Start with Breakfast: The most important meal of the day is breakfast! Make sure your children are eating a nutritious breakfast every morning. This could include things like oatmeal, eggs, whole grain toast, or yogurt. If they're not in the mood for a traditional breakfast, you can also give them some fruit or a smoothie.
Show them and lead by example: Children tend to emulate what they see. If you show good habits and eat good foods your child might just follow along. If you eat fatty foods, bad snacks, and no fruits or vegetables then chances are your those little eyes will also gravitate to those same things.
Make a fun game out of it: Sometimes we adults need to remember that it's OK to play! Yep, even with food! Think of fun games to introduce new foods. For example - Fruity Tuesdays. A game of blindfolds and tasting one or more new or different fruits each week.
Cheat Days are real: You know how weight loss experts advise a person on a weight loss journey to include having a cheat day if they want to be successful? The same applies to for your children. Not to lose weight, obviously. But to minimize push back to healthy alternatives. Each week let them pick what its going to be. Maybe it's a special snack this week and a whole special meal the next. It's fun to see how excited they get when they get a little control.
Things still wont always go as planned: Just as you have a bad day from time to time, so do children. You knew this, but it also applies to the food and mealtimes. Sometimes children will reject everything you put in front of them. Yelling or showing anger won't help the situation and will leave them with a bad taste. (Puns for days!) For our house we have a rule. If you don't like what is on the table you may go and make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It's a compromise that allows you to enjoy your meal without the drama. It's the little wins at those moments that count!
It might seem like a lot of work, but by following these tips and you will be well on your way to creating a more nutritious diet for your children! Need some extra motivation? No problem! Below you will find some of my favorite items from Amazon to help you in your journey.