How to Help Your Kids Eat Healthy Food

Jul 14, 2008
More than 35 percent of the children in the United States, Canada and Europe are now overweight. The excessive body weight puts them at risk of such health problems as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease as well as psychological distress. However, many parents know that persuading your kids to eat a healthy food can become a very difficult task.

If your children tend to skip vegetables and fruits and choose low nutritional snack, it may be the high time to change your eating habits.

  1. Turn off the TV during meals

    Watching television while eating may influence your children's diet in a bad way. The study conducted by the University of Minnesota researchers found that children watching TV ate significantly fewer vegetables and tended to drink more soft drinks and fried food.

    This can be explained by the fact that the advertisements on television plays a great role on the type of food that children choose. Thus, if you want your children eat more vegetables and fruits, grains and other healthy food, start with changing the way your kids got used to eat.

  2. Eat Together as a Family

    This can be quite simple, but very important step to improving the quality of the food for your children. It is known that parents are a role model for their children and only 51% of children eat one meal a day with their parents. Being a good example for your kids means healthy eating habits for your children. Do not be in a hurry, family meals are quality time spent with your children that will have great benefits for your child's future health.

  3. Make Food Look Attractive

    Very often children choose what they think looks good to them and not what you want them to think is nutritional and healthy.

    Use simple trick to make food look attractive for picky eaters. For the small children the best strategy is to chop up the vegetables of different colors using interesting patterns or accompany your meal with a fascinating story.

    The way you serve the food plays an important role for your child's appetite. For example, blue is considered to be an appetite suppressant, while citrus color and orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.

  4. Cook Together with Your Kids

    Most children like to get involved in the process and make decisions about their meals. You may take your children when shopping for the food, explaining the nutritional value of the food.

    Cooking together can be a lot of fun for your family, helping your little ones perform simple tasks and keeping them entertained. The responsibility of taking part in a family meal makes children feel their importance and will motivate them when cooking healthy food.

  5. Make Healthy Food Available

    Children often choose food they see at home, that's why it is important to pay close attention to the home supplies. Always have vegetables and fruits as well as healthy snacks such a whole grain crackers, yogurt, nuts and dried fruits handy.

    Keep to the main principles of a healthy diet when choosing food for a family meal. Avoid fried foods, sugar, and fat food and eat more whole-grain bread, fish, vegetables and fruits. There is no need to exclude all the fast food and snacks from your home, but you should control the intake of such low-nutritional food.