Trying to get your kids to eat healthy is way easier said than done. Especially as they get older and have more of an opinion on what they want to eat.
Even though it is difficult, it is not impossible to get your kids to eat healthier!
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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier
Some of these tips will work for your family and some won’t, but be sure to try them all before you throw in the towel!
Making smoothies for breakfast is one of my favorite ways to get kids to eat healthy without them knowing. Most kids enjoy some type of smoothie so all you have to do is sneak in a few veggies when they aren’t looking!
Yep, I am being totally serious. You can put kale, avocado, spinach, and all kinds of other greens into a smoothie with their favorite fruits and they won’t even be able to tell they are in there.
Some kids have super veggie vision and can see a veggie no matter what you put it in, even casseroles. When we were kids my mom used to blend up veggies and then put them into the casserole.
My brother never had a clue they were in there!
This goes for both me and my family. If we don’t have healthy snacks ready and prepared we almost always reach for the unhealthy foods.
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Mix it Up
Try cooking it in different ways. For example, you might love guacamole but can’t stand eating a plain avocado. Kids are the same way.
I’ve also heard many times that it takes several times of trying something before you can really tell if kids like it or not. If they say they don’t like a veggie or fruit, I’d try it again in a few months when they have forgotten about it!
Show Them You Love It
We always make a huge deal about how much we love a food that our daughter has never tried before. Usually if she sees us getting excited about it and eating it, she will try it on her own. Even if I don't like something I pretend I do so that she will at least try it.
This might work differently with different personalities but play around with it. Maybe make it a challenge or just don’t say anything about what is on the plate. I know sometimes when my daughter is on the spot she is less likely to try something new.
Don’t Buy It
I am all for moderation and we do have unhealthy snacks occasionally, but the number 1 way to ensure your family is eating healthier food is to not buy the junk.
They might complain, but they will get hungry and they will most likely find something that they like.