The modern world, with its innumerable fast food joints, can really wreck a child’s health and well-being. Due to the growing popularity of fast foods, parents find it very difficult to inculcate healthy eating habits in a child. Foods that are cheap and easily prepared are usually not good for health. In spite of this obvious fact, a child, when given a choice between fast food and healthy food, will invariably choose fast food.
Getting a child to enjoy healthy food is next to impossible, but there is no harm trying. You will have to use your creative powers to the maximum because it is not really that easy to make a child eat healthy food. You could try some of these ways to make your child eat healthy food.
Use Fruits and Vegetables to Make Your Child’s Favorite Dishes
You might not be successful in making your children understand the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. But they will surely appreciate you if you make muffins out of apples or bananas or put a generous dose of spinach on their favorite pizza.
Rename Fruits and Vegetables
Children love it when you give funny names to usual fruits and vegetables. For instance, you could call broccoli “trees.” Renaming fruits and vegetables thus make them more interesting to eat. Children enjoy eating food that has unusual names.
Experiment with Food
Modify recipes so that you come out with exciting dishes. For instance, you could top broccoli with ranch dressing and celery with peanut butter. Vegetables can be combined in any number of ways to make them taste great. You can even permit your children to select a topping for a vegetable of his or her choice, even if you don’t really appreciate your child’s taste.
Create Funny Designs
Children enjoy food that looks attractive. Make your dishes look as exciting as possible. Make humorous designs on your plate or pile them up in such a way that they look like animals or human beings. While some people don’t like playing with food in this manner, it sometimes helps to make the child eat healthy.
You have just looked at a few ways of making healthy food interesting for your child. Children normally don’t like food that is good for their health. But, if you can make healthy foods look and sound as attractive as fast foods, there is every chance that your child will learn to eat and appreciate fruits and vegetables throughout his or her life.