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5 Tricks to Get Your Toddler to Eat Healthy
Sometimes it's difficult to get your toddlers to eat healthy. Different textures and flavors outside of their comfort zone will make many kiddos run for the hills. As parents, it's our job to keep trying to get our kids to eat healthy even if they are resistant, and sometimes using a little bit of savvy and misdirection can go a long way to get your kids eating veggies, fruits, and lean protein — even when they don't know it. Eating healthy can benefit everyone in so many ways.
1. Buy fun dishware.
It's easy to make mealtime fun with plates and bowls with fun designs. The Fred DINNER WINNER Kids' Dinner Tray is a tray that's also a board game. Just fill up the empty spots and the goal is for your kids to empty them all until the end, where you can put a special desert or prize! Another fun plate is the Mr. Food Face plate. Your kids will have so much fun creating a beard out of mashed potatoes or eyebrows out of steak.
2. Make up silly names for meals
Who says you have to use common food names? Whether you use classic names like “ants on a log” or you create some of your own silly names for foods, kids are more likely to try something new if it's fun! “Super Duper Pasta Surprise” sounds a lot more appealing than plain old spaghetti and meatballs.
3. Seek alternatives
A great way to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies without a fight is to hide them within other foods that they like. A great book called Deceptively Delicious is filled with awesome recipes, from chicken nuggets that are cooked with broccoli in them to brownies with carrots and spinach! Or if they ask for candy or cookies, offer them a sweet piece of fruit instead. Cutting fruit into fun shapes is a great idea to get kids to eat healthy snacks. Use cookie and sandwich cutters to make everything from sandwiches to waffles to cantaloupe more appealing.
4. Keep healthy food available for snacks
When kids are hungry they will most likely eat what is available. If you only keep junk food available for them to snack on, that is what they will want to eat. By keeping healthy options for snacks such as fruit, granola bars, cheese or vegetables available they will learn to love them. Fill a large, colorful bowl with healthy snacks and place it in a central location to encourage them to grab a healthy choice when hunger strikes.
5. Model healthy food choices
If your children see you eat healthy foods they will learn to do the same. Eating healthy is not only good for your kids, it is good for you too. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eating a balanced diet, along with physical activity, will help you fight obesity, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and improve your overall health. Of course there will always be room for a treat here and there, but modeling a balanced, healthy diet will normalize this behavior for your kids. They will grow up opting for healthier choices and reasonable portion sizes because it's routine for everyone in the family. You should also praise your children when they make healthy eating choices. This will help to promote their continued healthy choices.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be a chore. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of patience, your kids will soon be enjoying a wider variety of healthy options. But remember, even if you have the pickiest eater in the world, if you are trying your best to get them the right nutrition then you are doing your job as a parent. Some kids won't eat a single vegetable or fruit no matter what you do! If this sounds like your kid, talk to your pediatrician about a referral to a nutritionist or feeding/speech therapist for some extra help. This is a common problem for many kids and there are resources out there that can help.
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