Parents, picky-eating problems are real. Which is why it’s important to be a little creative when to comes to getting your kids to eat healthy food.
And who knows, your kids might just end up learning to enjoy eating healthy foods.
Some of it is leading my example. Snack on healthy foods like raw bell peppers and hummus or cucumbers. Also avoid buying junk food. If it’s out of sight it’s out of mind.
Instead, focus on getting you kids to eat home-cooked meals including lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, as well as fresh fruits and dairy. But how do you get them to even eat healthy food?
Ways To Encourage Nutritious Eating
- Toss some veggies into scrambled eggs – let them help cut the vegetables and cook with you.
- Offer actual fruit instead of fruit juice (natural fruit offers fiber and vitamins and too much sugar can lead to tooth decay).
- Prepare smoothies with healthy foods such as milk, peanut butter, bananas and other fruits or vegetables that they like.
- Let kids pick out their own produce at the store and then make their own fruit salad or create a recipe with them.
- Make or buy cauliflower hash browns.
- Mix baby spinach or other vegetables with rice, freekeh, or other grains.
- Use a spiralizer to create zucchini or squash noodles.
- Create your own tomato sauce and add pumpkin purée or puréed carrots or other vegetables.
- Make your own french fries with regular and sweet potatoes.
- Add carrot purée or chopped mushrooms to meatloaf or burgers.
- Bread sliced zucchini, carrots, or green beans and fry up for a crispy snack
- Make avocado pudding with avocado, milk, cocoa powder, and honey (google this and tons of recipes will pop up).
- Include beets in your chocolate cake.
- Add grated carrots, zucchini, oatmeal, flax, or pumpkin to muffins, pancakes, and breads.
- Put carrot or sweet potato purée in chocolate chip cookies or brownies.
Keeping it real, I still struggle to get my son is eat something other than his go-to favorites. But he is a smoothie lover which is why I make him his superfoods smoothie.
The powder is made of organic pea protein, organic fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. It delivers the equivalent of a full serving of fruits and vegetables in each smoothie, and includes calcium (is dairy-free), vitamin D, fiver, probiotics, vitamins C and E. All you need to do is add water, shake, and serve.
Those interested in this smoothie just have to comment below and I can set you up with more details!
What are some creative ways that you get your kids to eat and enjoy healthy foods?