Between getting the kids to football try-outs and making sure their homework is done, getting dinner cooked and eaten can seem like a mammoth task. We all want our family to eat delicious, nutritious meals but with our hectic lifestyles it can be tempting to opt for meals that are all about speed and less about health.
Luckily, there are some simple changes we can make to our food preparation that will go a long way towards making a difference. Here is a look at 3 easy ways to have your kids eating the sort of food you have always dreamed they’d love.
Make food fun
This is targeted mainly at fussy younger kids who take all night to persuade to eat even one mouthful of greens. Getting into a war of wills about eating vegetables, or any food for that matter, rarely works out in the long run. Instead you need to think of some strategies that will make vegetables seem fun and interesting.
Try making vegetables more visually exciting by cutting them into the shape of their favourite animal. Encouraging interactivity is also helpful, so let your kids create a portrait or a farmyard scene with their vegies before they eat them.
Another great idea for any families with a backyard is to plant a vegetable patch. By getting the kids involved with planting, watering and caring for the vegetables, it’s a great way to encourage them to feel involvement and pride with their food.
Cook the foods they like, with a healthy spin
Kids, and particularly teenagers, do have a tendency towards fatty, greasy foods. Instead try to prepare the meals that they crave – such as burgers, fish and chips, and tacos – but by employing healthy food preparation techniques.
When cooking a burger, use a George Foreman grill to remove the excess fat and grease that make the processed versions so unhealthy. Also try grilling fish and serve with baked chips instead of the unhealthy deep fried varieties.
What they won’t know won’t hurt them
A lot of the squabbles kids have about healthy food usually have much more to do with the sight of fruit and vegetables, rather than the actual taste. The last resort is to be a bit sneaky by preparing healthy food without them realizing.
When making sauces, try to blend in fresh vegetables like carrots, aubergines and tomatoes and opt for meals like casseroles and pies that conceal the sight of the vegetables.
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