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We all want children to eat healthy. Sometimes we’re just not sure how to go about it. One approach that can help your children to eat healthy is to include children in decision-making. Ask for their input and consider their likes and dislikes. If they suggest less healthy options, provide them with healthier alternatives. For younger children, consider giving them two or more nutritious food options rather then asking them what they would like. This will enable you to select healthy options but still provide them with a sense of ownership by allowing them to select the food they would like.
Helpful Tips to Healthy Eating
Involvement in food decision-making and preparation provides children with ownership of their snack or meal. It helps them choose and prepare healthy snacks and meals that they like, and therefore, will be more likely to eat. Additionally, it will give them a feeling of accomplishment because they helped create delicious food for themselves or their family. Teaching children how to prepare simple and nutritious snacks and meals is important for their health and teaches them essential life skills.
Check out age appropriate activities for kids cooking in the kitchen.