Healthy Eating for Kids: Getting Your Kids to Like Healthy Foods

By Antonia Sparks

Does healthy eating for kids mean that your children will not like what you prepare for them? I often hear parents say that they want to prepare wholesome food for their children that tastes great and is good for them, but just can’t find anything that actually fulfills both desires. I am here to say that you can.

The first thing that I like to suggest when people are looking at ways to provide healthy eating options for kids is to look at ways to prepare chicken.

Chicken is a great source of protein, but does not have the fat that beef or pork does. There are all kinds of way to grill, smoke and bake chicken that are quite savory, and I have yet to find a kid that does not like it when prepared right.

I personally like to grill my chicken and I have noticed that my children really love it that way.

Healthy eating for kids can also be accomplished with tasty vegetable recipes.

You heard me right – vegetables!

I was very fortunate growing up that my mother made it a point to make our vegetables as interesting and flavorful as possible.

There are seasonings and spices that can make vegetables taste especially good. The thing that I have most often found is that when children are encouraged to eat their vegetables at an early age and informed about their health benefits, they are more likely to continue with good eating habits for life.

One of the big complaints that I often here when it comes to healthy eating for kids is that it is impossible to allow them to have the sweet things they like for dessert. This is also not true.

Such things as Jell-O, low-fat puddings and angel food cake provide children with the sweet taste they love and very little in the way of fat grams or calories. Granted, these do have sugars in them, and you want to watch out for that.

However, any desert can be given to children as long as it is done in moderation, and that really goes for all food.

Another major part of healthy eating for kids is to make sure you have an assortment of low fat dairy products on hand, including milk, yogurt and cheese. These are things children can include in their snacks and not have to worry about too much fat.

Healthy eating for kids does not have to be difficult, and there are many ways parents can go about accomplishing that objective. Teaching children good eating habits at a young age is critical to them making wiser choices as they get older.


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