Make healthier eating fun for kids
(NC)—It's hard enough to get your family to pry themselves away from their hectic schedules for meals let alone get them to eat healthy. Here are some tips on how to introduce healthy eating habits that will get your families excited about eating better!
1. Start introducing healthier choices into your family meals one at a time rather than trying to replace all of the not-so-healthy foods the kids love right away. Try to look for products and recipes that are really similar to their favourites so there's less of a battle at dinnertime.
2. Rather than making a big announcement about healthier eating which may get the kids' guards up, just start stocking the fridge and cupboards with everyday items that also have some hidden benefits. They may not even notice they're eating healthier!
Tip: If your kids refuse to eat fish, sneak in the benefits with PC Blue Menu Oh Mega J Orange Juice. Each 250 mL serving provides 0.05 g omega-3 EPA & DHA from encapsulated fish oil without affecting flavour!
3. Kids are notorious for being picky when it comes to trying something new but the fact is they're more likely to eat foods if they helped prepare them. Get the kids more involved by asking them to help prepare dinner or set some time aside to do a fun and easy baking activity.
4. If you want your kids to take healthier eating more seriously then you have to teach them by example. Be a role model by learning to read nutrition labels and teach your older kids some of the basic watch-outs as well. This way you can all make better choices and try to keep junk food out of the house.
Tip: The kids may enjoy some treats now and then – just try to choose them wisely. Our irresistible PC Blue Menu Mint Chocolate Light Ice Cream has 30% less sugar and 35% less fat than President's Choice Ice Cream.
5. Sitting down to family meals together is more important than ever. Kids who take part in regular family meals are more likely to try fruits, vegetables, and grains and are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. If time is an issue, look for quick and easy options that require very little prep.
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