How often does your little one pass on french fries for a side of veggies? If bad habits take the reins, they can be hard to correct once it becomes a comfortable routine. It’s possible to promote better eating habits, even with the pickiest eaters.
1. Get them involved. Try to bring your kids on your trips to the grocery store, and have them help you plan and prep meals. This will make them more invested in the process of eating healthy. Simple, tooth-friendly recipes are an excellent way to get them interested.
2. Go straight to the source. Rather than limiting yourself to the supermarket, consider taking a family trip to the farmers market. Picking berries from a vine or visiting a dairy farm can teach children where their food comes from, and what goes into making it. You can also try growing your own vegetable garden at home!
3. Have healthy snacks available. Pack your pantry and refrigerator exclusively with healthy treats like sliced apples, carrot sticks, and raisins. (Make sure you have braces-friendly options if your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment)!
4. Make fun drinks. Your child may have to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but they can also drink them. Juices and smoothies are both delicious options that will be hard for them to say no to.
5. Don’t give up. Studies have shown that most children need to be exposed several times to new food in order to get accustomed to the taste (between five and 10). So, rather than giving up the first time your child rejects something, try incorporating it into their meals a few more times.