If you were to leave your kids to act on their own accord, they would just go for sweets and nothing else. However, a healthy diet is very important for kids, as on it there are many things that depend, most of all their health as grownups.
Getting your children to eat only healthy foods can be a very difficult task. For them, veggies and fruits are not by far the tasty treats you know and love. Still, this does not mean that there is nothing you can do. The starting point is to get kids to develop healthy habits. Just as an example, a character from Gulliver’s Travels, is known for choosing to avoid giving children sweets until the age of 5 so they do not develop a sweet tooth.
What they do not know cannot hurt them, but your children may be already used to sweets or you find it too difficult to really keep them away from anything that is tasty and worth having. Here are some great ideas on how to replace the foods that are not good for them with healthier alternatives.
Replacements for sugar. It is a well known fact that kids are crazy about white refined sugar. This food is low in nutrients, and it also gives children sugar rush that makes them highly energetic when they should be sleeping. A good alternative to white sugar is the unrefined variety. According to scientific studies, this simple change can help your kids get the same amount of antioxidants as they would get from a serving of berries and nuts. Honey can also be used.
Ideas for ice cream. Ice cream is delicious, even adults know this very simple fact. However, ice cream bought from the store is not good for kids’ health. They are rich in preservatives, sugar and food coloring. A good solution is to start making ice cream at home, where you can keep an eye on all the ingredients used.
Make ice cream with fruits and unrefined sugar. The following proportions are most recommended: 40% fruit, 10% sugar (unrefined), and 50% heavy cream. You can use many different fruits, as they all make for a very delicious ice cream. If you are aiming for a low fat dessert, you can replace cream with yogurt.
How to get kids to eat veggies. Vegetables are probably the most abhorred of all foods when it comes to kids and eating habits. However, if you play your cards right and you make veggies more palatable, you will see that it is not really that hard. Adding some cheese and meat to the mix will make the vegetables more attractive. You can try a recipe of curry and rice, if you want a vegan diet. Also, using orange and pineapple juice to create a delicious marinade, you will have no problem serving grilled vegetables to your kids. Experiment with some seasoning as well; adding a bit of salt or something sweet can turn vegetables into something kids will like.
Here are other recipes you can try. Use whole breads for sandwiches and make pasta with veggies. Wraps are also a good idea, but go for low fat sauces, such as tomatoes with onions and herbs. The exquisite taste will make your kids ask for more!
Sauces may seem the most difficult to replace. Here is an idea: make your own mint sauce, as it works with many different foods. Adding flavor through the use of herbs and spice can make kids love healthy food tremendously.
Make your job easier. Cook some fun recipes and have the kids enjoy them.