5 ways to get kids to eat healthier
February 29, 2020 | 8:35 PM
by Courtesy of Brandpoint

Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you're helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner offers five expert tips to get kids involved in making healthy family meals:

1. Let the kids pick the recipe

Flip through a healthy cookbook and see which recipes the kids are interested in making. This is a good way to get kids involved in selecting healthier recipes or new food flavours, and because they helped choose, they will be more invested in trying these foods when you cook them.

2. Take family trips to the grocery store

Head to the store and select nutritious ingredients for recipes, meals and snacks. You can even let the kids help craft the grocery list and search for ingredients while you shop. To introduce new foods, set a goal to select one new food to try at each visit and head home to have a fun tasting.

3. Make their favourite foods with better-for-you ingredients

Eating well doesn't mean giving up favorite foods, just make them with better-for-you ingredients. Keep kids' favourites like pizza, burgers, fries, tacos, muffins and pancakes on the menu, but just choose healthier ingredients.

4. Cook as a family

Kids adore helping in the kitchen, so have them wash their hands and pull up a chair when it's time to cook. Older kids can help with tasks like rinsing vegetables, chopping foods, measuring ingredients and cracking eggs. Younger children love to help mix, stir and do other simple tasks like using a pastry brush to spread oil.

5. Make it fun

Put on some music when you cook and enjoy the quality time together. Make your meals special by lighting candles or using nice glasses. Create your own original recipe and come up with a fun name for it.

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