Getting Kids To Eat Healthy: 3 Tips to Taking the "Icky" Out of "Picky" Eaters And Giving Kids A Vision For Optimal Health: Part 2
By Catherine Slezinger
All right, Moms and Dads, did you do your part? Do you know why you are eating healthy, and do you know how to do it? If you read Part 1 of this series, then you’re ready for part 2: my top 3 in the trenches tips for helping kids to eat healthy!
Tip #1 To Getting the Icky out of Picky Eaters: Get It Out Of The House
This one is so simple, but believe me it works. Kids are amazing hunters and they will track down any forbidden item in your home and beg you incessantly for it. Then you will give in because they are so persistent. Isn’t it amazing how ridiculously persistent these Little People are? I mean, my kids even do this with organic raisins. One peek at that box and they are like wild chimpanzees begging to eat the entire thing! So don’t have a stash drawer that your kids can find. Don’t hide items in the pantry you’re not ok with them eating. And if you want to make your life much easier, don’t eat things yourself you wouldn’t want your kids eating. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress that way.
Tip #2 To Getting the Icky out of Picky Eaters: Use the First This, Then That Rule
We use this a lot at our house. For example, if a meal has a protein, fat and carb portion, then we require our little ones to eat some of the protein first before devouring the carbs. It’s human nature to want to eat the mashed potatoes first, but isn’t it amazing how kids can eat piles and piles of mashed potatoes, then claim they’re done? (Of course I’m not speaking from personal experience!);) We also teach them why they want to eat the protein and fat first- because it builds their bodies and makes them strong, gives them energy and also helps them sleep better, etc… This trick works great if there is some treat they really want- (in our house it’s organic raisins or dates) you can say, sure, you can have it, but not until you eat 5 bites of your eggs (or beef, whatever it is) Then, they have motivation to eat it, and sooner or later your instruction about why they should eat that way will rub off.
Tip #3 To Getting the Icky out of Picky Eaters: Put It In A Smoothie
If all else fails, put it in a smoothie! You’d be amazed what you can get your loved ones to eat when they don’t know it’s there! Smoothies are a great place to sneak coconut oil, eggs, kefir, fruits or veggies, and just about anything that you can pulverize! 😉 Making kefir smoothies is the ONLY way I can get hubby to consume kefir, and ditto for coconut oil too. Most kids will eat just about anything with enough frozen fruit and a little raw honey, no matter how "icky" it seems otherwise.
Well there you have it! My top 3 tips for taking the "icky" out of picky eaters!
I hope these tips help you and your family eat better together!
Now it’s your turn! What are your top tips for getting kids to eat healthy? Leave me a comment and let me know!