Many a times, we struggle to make our children eat healthy. My friend and I were sitting at a café sharing a pizza and drinking coke wondering ‘How do we make our kids eat healthier? All they want is junk food!’ We looked at our plates and realized where we were going wrong.
I am sharing a few tips that helped us inculcate healthy eating habits in our 6 year old son. They are simple and easy to follow and can benefit all –
- First and foremost is, eat healthy yourself. Children may not listen to you but they surely watch what you do. So develop healthy eating habits yourself and you would be surprised how easily your child will start to follow you.
- I personally don’t subscribe to a philosophy of “absolute deprivation” i.e. don’t give your child sweets or junk ever. It’s about balance and moderation. Healthy nutritious meals on a daily basis with mild indulgence once a week should be a good regimen. That way, the child understands the importance of a healthy diet but at the same time is not craving for a junk so much so that it saps the interest out of food.
- Many tips are available to spike up a boring dish with a new ingredient like stuffed parathas with jam and idlis wrapped with little gun powder around them. Also, for a fussy eater you can make it look more attractive by using moulds and presenting it as their favourite character! You can also use innovative ways like giving chocolate milk with an attractive coloured straw or cutting pancake in different shapes.
- When your kid is old enough encourage them to even join youin cooking. You can keep his task simple yet make him feel accomplished about his contribution. For example you can make a simple sandwich together, ask them to place toppings on a pizza, add ingredients to the salad or mix the pasta. Baking is also super fun when done together!
- Offer a varietyand engage your kids in a conversation about what they would like to eat. They will be more engaged once they make the choice themselves. They get bored with the same food every day, much like us, so give them a variety to eat.
Ultimately, the idea is for kids to be engaged with food, eat healthy and balance out various food items.
I hope these simple tips help in raising a healthy child. I would love to hear what you do. Please share in comments below and subscribe to my blog for more amazing tips.
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