Healthy Happy Kids

It’s easy to sit here and say how to eat healthy, but it’s another to actually put this theory to work. Now think about this in terms of kids. How in the world do you get a toddler to eat healthy when most are already picky eaters? Now pile on the ridiculous amount of advertising these youngsters see on average and the endless supply of sugar filled junk food in the grocery store aisles. Seems like you’ve got yourself a nearly impossible situation on your hands. But fear not!! There are ways around this little dilemma. And yes, I did say little. Once these practices are set into action, you would be surprised at just how fast your little one adapts to this new style of eating.

First, make trying new foods a fun experience. Yes, you can just place a heap of broccoli in front of your little one and say “this is good for you so you need to try it.” Think about it like this, as adults, would we even be open to this approach? Doubtful. lol In all likelihood, this method will not get you very far. Why not, instead, try a more interactive approach? You can go about this a few different ways. Maybe try letting them pick out a new fruit or vegetable the next time you’re at the farmer’s market.

Another approach, and also my favorite, is the hands on method (with a little help from you, of course). Snack time is the perfect time for this. Let them get creative. You can even join in on the fun! And really, who doesn’t want to be a kid again? ;)  All you need to do is pick out a few good, wholesome ingredients and the kiddos do the rest. Here is one kid-approved recipe that will get you both smiling!!


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