Top 10 tips to help your children eat healthy

As a mom it is becoming more and more difficult to get our children to eat healthy – so here are my top 10 tips and tricks to get them to start eating healthy:

1- EXPLAIN:

You might think they do not understand but they do! Talk to your child no matter how young and explain the benefits (in a way that they understand) the benefits of a healthy food you are trying to get them to eat. for example,”makes you strong” “helps you grow” etc…

2- Make Healthy eating a routine in their lives.

Limit and only if you must eating “fast food”. Once they don’t have it regularly that won’t ask for it. It’s a habit and it’s hard to break, if you start it but it will help them make the healthy choice.
limit junk food!
limit junk food!

3- Cook and offer healthy food.

Cooking is not hard and they are so many quick and healthy meal recipes and books available in the market. And if you work full-time there are many mommy-based companies that now offer you home cooked meals at very reasonable prices.

4- Have Healthy and delicious snack alternatives.

Snacking doesn’t always mean chocolates or chips – there are so many alternatives that are healthy, with no Trans Fat and actually TASTE GREAT! Either look for them in the supermarkets or make your own at home!
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5- Make Healthy Food Fun!

Simple and “boring” recipes can be made fun for the kids while they eat them – by cutting up carrots and potatoes in funny ways, using funny shaped pasta, etc… while eating the food the kids can use their imagination and enjoy every bite!
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6- Encourage them to buy healthy at school.

If the school cantine doesn’t offer healthy snack alternatives – TALK TO THE SCHOOL! It is no longer acceptable that schools do not take responsibility in teaching and empowering healthy eating habits.

7- Encourage them to buy healthy when out with friends.

Peer pressure is not easy – but build a sense of understanding and let them start a new trend among their friends about healthy foods and snacks.

8- Get children involved in cooking:

if they are involved in the meal they might enjoy eating it and help them understand the benefits of what they are eating.

9- Allow treats occasionally:

if we cut off chocolates or salted snacks it might become to feel forbidden – in the future will have an effect on the child once they grow up. so from time to time let them indulge but not too frequent it becomes a habit or reward.

10- Be a Role Model:

Children at all ages learn through imitation so let them see how you are following a healthy living with healthy eating habits – and they will start following on your footsteps!
It’s not easy but the benefits of starting your children on the healthy track is a must!

Good Luck Super Moms!

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