It can be such a challenge to make children choose healthier food options. Now that there are so many food choices –with a lot of options of the unhealthy or “junk” type – the young ones may be deviating farther away from options that can give them the nutritional value that they need. Scolding your kids so they will eat more fruits and vegetables may not be the solution that you’re looking for, and may not be effective in persuading them to eat healthier. Here are some tips to help you encourage your children to be healthy (or at least, healthier) eaters, so they can enjoy beautiful & healthy smiles for a longer period of time.
Bring your children to the store or market when you shop for fresh ingredients. Letting the young ones see where the fruits and vegetables come from can help them develop a deeper appreciation for the fresh ingredients, and can encourage them to try and even enjoy these healthy food items. Whenever possible, you can also ask your children to help you in preparing the healthy choices for your meals. They may enjoy the meals even more if they are proud of being a part of the food preparation.
Leading by example is one of the best ways to teach your child the value of eating healthy food. Avoid having junk food, sugary treats, and other unhealthy food items in the house to avoid being tempted by these kinds of food. When your children see you choosing healthier food items, it will be easier to them to follow your example, and easier for them to develop healthier eating habits.