Getting Your Kids into Healthy Foods
Bryce Robinson | 01/04/2021
In modern society, unhealthy foods are promoted everywhere, especially with the advancement of technology and children learning how to use it at much younger ages. Children are being targeted by advertisers on social media, music apps, game apps, streaming networks, etc. This places much more pressure on parents and guardians to flatten the curve of outside influence. It is known that the habits you get your children into at a young age make it more likely to stick with them into adulthood. There are many tactics you can use to get your children into healthy foods.
- Involve them in the process of choosing. Just allow their options to be healthy. Giving your child power in the decision-making process for their snacks and meals can help you avoid battling with them over what they’ll eat.
Show them you’re eating healthy because they might mimic your behavior. Children are visual learners. Oftentimes they will try to replicate the behaviors and habits of those they look up to, which tend to be the parents/guardians. Demonstrating healthy eating habits in front of your children increases the likelihood for them to follow suit without a problem.
- Involve them in the preparation process. For example, let them apply the spread on their bread or crackers.
Allowing children to take part in the preparation process gives them familiarity with the foods they will later eat.
- Allow your child to feed themselves and touch their foods.
This tip is for much younger children like toddlers. Tactile sensations help with child development. Allowing the child to feed themselves can help them be more cooperative with eating new and healthier foods.
- When introducing fruits, used shape cutters. Children love things that look fun (stars, circles, triangles, etc)
Young children love interacting with visually pleasing things, like bright colored and interestingly shaped toys. The same goes for the food they eat. This is a reason why so much advertising geared towards children tries to get them visually engaged. Using shaped cutters for sandwiches, fruit, and other foods helps make healthy foods seem cool to children.