Getting children to eat healthy in a world that has many food temptations doesn’t need to be challenging.
Sure if you are hungry, you can just go down the street to McDonald’s or order a Pizza, but I believe if you have to be passionate about why you are eating healthy for it to work and you to start making healthier decisions.
I have made it a point in my family to get my kids eating healthy and now it’s just a way of life for us. What I noticed was that the whole family needs to be on board if you want to make any headway. If one person is eating differently, the kids are surly going to ask why.
Before you start on your healthy eating journey, explain the importance of eating healthy to your children so they know why you are so passionate about it. They might have many questions at first, but teaching your child to read the packaging of food is a good way to help them learn.
Plan your Meals
When you plan the menu, which in my advice is best to do over the weekend and before you go grocery shopping, get everyone in the family to sit down and discuss the food all of you like and write down a list of meals that you can make with that food for the week. Make sure to look through all the coupons you have so you can save money while you are eating healthy.
When you shop, take your kids with you and teach them about the foods you are buying right in the Grocery store. It will help them to see the foods that you are referring to.
Preparing the Food
Prepare healthy snacks and food on the weekend so you don’t have to worry when you get home from work that you don’t have anything prepared. Ask your kids to help you prepare the food. Make it a learning session so they again know why they are eating healthy and why this particular food you are preparing is healthy. My kids love this and have picked up quite a bit from listening to me ramble!
Healthy Eating Tracking
I have created a simple healthy eating diary in the form of a calendar that has a section for each of my kids. They (or a parent if they are too young) can write in what they did to eat healthy each day, list the food they ate, and are able to keep track of calories and all intakes. It makes for a fun little thing we do together and helps to encourage the kids.
Remember, it doesn’t stop with eating healthy, getting your kids to take vitamins and keeping active play a very important role.
About the Author:
Carrie is a single Mother of two, works as a nurse, and attends accelerated rn to bsn online classes. She is very enthusiastic when it comes to a healthy life style and teaching her kids how to live and eat healthy. Carrie can be found blogging about her experiences at Tales from a Nursing Student.