Today, one in three children are obese. Possibly leading to High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and other health issues later in life. It can also lead to low self-esteem and depression. Though it is sometimes hard to encourage your child to eat healthy, it has many benefits in the long run. How can I do this you ask? Here are some helpful ideas that may help.
Let them help! Helping you plan dinner and prepare it gets them involved in healthy eating. Let them plan a dinner on their own, using only healthy foods. Bring them along to the grocery store to make choices in snacks such as oranges vs apples etc.
Vitamins! There are many multi vitamins for kids of all sizes available. They are a great supplement and offer antioxidants and nutrients your child may be missing in their diet. A great one is gummy vitamins. They taste great and they are naturally sweetened. A great one to try is (https://www.facebook.com/MannatechInc) Mannatech’s MannaBears.
Teach Them EARLY! Introduce them to new foods right away. It may take some time, but have them try a food more than once before they decide they like it or dislike it. Some foods have to grow on you.
Stock Up! Make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks in the house. Apple slices in the fridge, crackers and raisins in the cupboard. Make sure there is a variety so they can choose their own. Get rid of the “goodies” and make sure the snacks are accessible to their size, on a cupboard or a shelf they can reach.
Drink Up! It just isn’t healthy food that your child needs. They also need healthy drinks. Throw away the soda and stock up on the juices. There are also some wonderful smoothie recipes that can be found online https://www.vitamix.com/Be-Inspired/Smoothie-Exploration/10-Smoothies-for-Kids.
Don’t Give Up! Keep trying. They may not like all the foods that you introduce, but you will eventually find some in the end that are much healthier for them. Remember to supplement their diet with vitamins and you will succeed in the end!