Most parents need to deal with picky eaters and it’s almost impossible to get kids eating healthy foods. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you could trick your kids into eating those undesirable, yet nutritious foods.
Here are some of them.
1. Introduce New Foods Slowly
Most kids have a “food phobia,” and that’s the reason why it’s always a challenge to make them eat healthy. However, this doesn’t mean that you should stop trying.
You could always tell them that their taste buds aren’t used to the new flavors yet, but they’ll eventually like the taste if they’re going to eat it regularly.
Likewise, you could also try the “hero worship technique.”
For instance, say that their favorite superhero or celebrity loves eating this vegetable and that’s the reason why they’re strong and big.
2. Sprinkle Some Sugar or Honey
A little amount of sugar or honey could do wonders. You could sprinkle some honey on cooked carrots and this could probably make your little angel try this vegetable.
Similarly, by mixing a little amount of root beer into prune juice, you could come up with a prune-juice soda that your kids would definitely love.
The extra sweetness could really help in persuading your kids to eat healthy.
3. Let the Kids Cook some Foods
Sometimes, being involved in the preparation and cooking process could actually motivate your kids to try the healthy meals you’ve prepared, because they’ll be very much interested in trying the dishes they made.
Bring them to the store with you and let them pick the ingredients. If they’re old enough, you could let them slice the veggies and mix these healthy bits in the salad.
Similarly, some kids don’t enjoy eating fresh fruits, but you could always bake some pastries together and use these as the main ingredients, such as banana or carrot muffins.
4. Cut Back on Junk in The Cupboard
It’s you who’s in charge of the foods that enter the house and not your kids.
The most common reason why your kids have an unhealthy habit is because these unhealthy foods are always available.
If you’ll stop buying them, your children would be forced to eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other dairy products that are good for the body.
5. Allow Treats Every Now and Then
If you’ll let your kids enjoy the foods they love every now and then, this would make it more appealing and not forbidden. Candy, cookies, and soda could be labeled as “sometimes” foods which they could consume every once in a while.
The more creative a meal is, the more chances that your kids would enjoy eating them.
Why not make smiley-face pancakes and give those vegetables silly names?
Aside from that, anything that’s tiny is also appealing. So, using cookie cutters to turn toast into their favorite shapes would surely be a hit.