We all want our kids to eat well and learn healthy eating habits. But figuring out the best approach isn’t as easy as you thought. The experts say that healthy eating habits start at a young age and instead of striving for perfection, we should be using a “good enough” approach. That said, here are some ways in which you can dish up healthier kids meals.
Tips for healthier kids meals
Aim for balance
Kids often crave one specific food, like chocolate. Instead of ruling it out, balance out the chocolate by offering it as a side to a dish. It’s a great way to cut back on all the food fights at home.
Give the quick meal some colour
Most of us don’t have enough time to cook healthier kids meals and take shortcuts if and when necessary. But you can up the nutritional value of those quick fixes by adding colour in the form of fruit to meals. Try adding baby carrots and hummus as a crunchy side next time you have pizza night.
Ensure their school lunches are good
Pack a healthy lunch box for your kids that include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This can really go a long way to helping your kids build a healthy relationship with food.
Prep in advance
When you’ve got some time to spare, it can be a great time to do some meal prepping. Making overnight oats that contain fruits, nuts and seeds is always a breakfast winner. You can also try chopping a variety of veggies ahead of time and adding them into meals during the week.
Make sure it tastes good
A little favour can do a lot for a kid’s interest in veggies. Ranch dressing, dips and guacamole are your friends of flavour. Most kids love veggies when they taste great, and you can do this with a hint of sesame soy dressing and a little ranch sauce. You don’t eat stuff that tastes bad, so please don’t expect your kids to do so.
Offer a variety of fruits and veggies every day
Your kid needs several opportunities to try a food and find out if they like it or not. Try offering fresh fruit and vegetables every day and rotating foods your kids previously said they don’t like. Even if they’ve rejected it before, they might just need that one extra opportunity for establishing its taste.