One of the greatest challenges of parenthood is getting your children to regularly consume and enjoy healthy foods. Indeed, children these days are literally bombarded with endless advertisements for cookies, candy, and other unhealthy foods that are strongly linked to childhood obesity; children are also subject to enormous amounts of peer pressure to indulge in snacks and treats from brands such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, and the like.
There are, however, techniques, strategies, and good old dirty tricks that can be used to get your child to enjoy wholesome foods and to develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
1. Take the time to make homemade meals
In the modern day and age, we are all extremely busy- many of us to the point that we just don’t have the time or energy to prepare a homemade meal at the end of the day.
However, such behavior makes an incredibly strong mark on children, who form most of their dietary habits before the age of 12; there is overwhelming scientific evidence showing that if parents have a bad diet and are overweight, their child’s chances of following suite rise dramatically.
In order to counter this trend it is important to take the time to make wholesome homemade meals, even if you only have the time to do so a couple days a week. The meals could be as simple as grilled chicken with vegetables or as complex as spinach stuffed ravioli, but either will do- remember, your cooking habits make a much larger impression on your child than you might think.