There are plenty of factors that contribute to a healthy and happy childhood, including exercise, spending time outdoors, and having a healthy and balanced diet. However, while many of us know that our children need to eat well, our kids frequently seem to have other ideas. That’s why it’s important that you take steps that’ll push them in the right direction. This will be good for them in childhood and into adulthood; studies have shown that people who eat well when they’re younger take those habits into their later years. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested tips for helping your kids to think smart about food.
Make Dinner an Occasion
We know, we know: life can get pretty busy from time to time, and it’s not always possible to have a sitdown meal with your loved ones. But the nights when it’s a quick dinner ‘on the fly’ should be the exception, not the rule. Spending some time cooking a meal and then eating it together should not be considered a chore; it should be one of life’s pleasures! In so doing, your kids will understand the value of getting together to share food and eat well.
Of course, it’s all good and well getting your kids to appreciate dinnertime, but if the meals aren’t delicious, then they might not have as big an impact on their long-lasting relationship with food as you’d like. As such, it’s worthwhile looking up some delicious meals which help your children to develop an appreciation for high-quality food. Not only will improving your culinary skills make dinner time more enjoyable, but you might also just find that you unveil a new passion inside you! To get things started on a delicious and healthy front, take a look at making a filling and wholesome meal, such as turkey stuffing casserole. You’ll have fun making it, and the family will definitely enjoy eating it.
Helping in the Kitchen
Of course, if your kids are going to develop a healthy relationship with food, then it’s better if they have more than an abstract relationship with it (food just appears; they eat it). It’ll be better if they can experience food first-hand. One excellent way to do this is to get them involved in the kitchen. They can help prep some ingredients, hand you pots and pans, or simply keep you company. All the while, they’ll be gaining some much-needed knowledge about what needs to be done to make a healthy meal for multiple people. Plus, it’ll be some fine bonding time, too. You can give your children an even deeper understanding of the food process by setting up your own vegetable patch. There’s something really special about eating, say, carrots that you grew on your property.
Finally, as well as your meals, be sure to think about the snacks your kids are eating. There are healthy options for just about every traditional (and unhealthy) snack food that kids love to eat.