With so many fast and convenient food choices available, it is becoming harder and harder to get your family to eat healthy. Stop the family food fight by allowing your kids to help choose, cook and serve family meals.
Most kids will enjoy deciding what to make for dinner. Talk to them about making choices and planning a balanced meal. Some might even want to help shop for ingredients and prepare the meal. At the store, teach kids to check out food labels to begin understanding what to look for.
In the kitchen, select age-appropriate tasks so kids can play a part without getting hurt or feeling overwhelmed. At meal times, kids should decide if they’re hungry, what they will eat from the foods served, and when they’re full. And at the end of the meal, don’t forget to praise the chef.
School lunches can be another learning lesson for kids. Brainstorm about what kinds of foods they’d like for lunch or go to the grocery store to shop together for healthy, packable foods.
More important, if you can get them thinking about what they eat for lunch, you might be able to help them make positive changes. That’s not to say they’ll suddenly want a salad instead of french fries, but the mealtime habits you help create now can lead to a lifetime of healthier choices.