Getting your kids to eat well can be a daily struggle. If you have a fussy eater or a child that straight-out refuses anything that looks like a vegetable, you’ll be familiar with the ongoing dinnertime battle to get healthy food into your child’s stomach. Try these simple swaps to get your child eating well today.
- Use sauce to disguise vegetables. If your kid avoids vegetables like the plague, use sauces as a clever way to hide the vegetables in their food. Make homemade pasta sauces using tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and any other veggies you have. Puree the sauce and pour it over their favourite pasta shapes for a secretly nutritious meal.
- Make healthy pancakes. All kids love pancakes, but the usual mixture isn’t especially nourishing. Make your own healthy version with whole grain flour or oats and bananas for a delicious weekend treat.
- Serve up fruit and dips. Instead of offering unhealthy processed snacks, make a fun platter for your kids with fruit cut up into different shapes. Serve it with yoghurt that they can dip the fruit into for extra fun (and calcium).
- Get them involved. Kids tend to embrace foods they normally avoid if they’ve been involved in the preparation and cooking process. Ask your kids to pick a recipe with you and get them to join in while you prepare the meal. They’ll enjoy themselves, learn something and be happy to tuck into their own creation at the end.
- Ban sugary drinks from the start. Once kids get into the habit of drinking sweet things it can be difficult to stop them. Offer your children water instead of fruit juice or sodas from a young age, and avoid allowing them sugary drinks as ‘treats.’
- Bake your own chips. We all know that potato chips aren’t all that great for anyone, but there are healthier alternatives that are equally delicious. Make your own baked pita chips or baked vegetable chips instead – with a little seasoning your kids will gobble them up.