By Nmami Agarwal
Kids are more prone to acquiring habits than elders as their brains don’t develop impulse control so early. Therefore, early exposure to junk food leads to unhealthy eating habits and might prove to worsen obsession later in life. If the kids are more exposed to junk foods from an early stage of life, there are more chances of health problems in the future.
The best way to keep your kids away from junk food and keep them healthy is not to restrict the option of junk food altogether. Instead, provide them with more access to healthy food options like homemade treats interestingly made with fruits and vegetables. Your kids are not going to binge on broccoli and eat strawberries until and unless you are going to place such foods on their plates. If your kids are so used to have junk foods all the time then, try to implement some tips and tricks to make them eat healthily. In this manner, your kids won’t be left with any other option. So, here’s what to do, if your kids are head over heels with junk!
Expose your kids to a variety of healthy foods: Kids are exposed to always eating junk like chips, biscuits, cakes and fast foods. So, to handle it carefully, expose kids to whole range of colourful foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and brown rice. The moment your kids will get exposure to such food, they will eventually like to have it.
Focus on homemade treats: It’s true that homemade treats are less likely to let kids love junk foods. By cooking at home, you have an advantage of portion control which let your kid encourage eating more homemade food. Also, it’s the perfect way to get your kids involved in eating healthy. In fact, you can also teach them about foods while cooking at home. Later, you will see how naturally they tend to learn the importance of eating healthy.
Turn veggies into heroes for health: Don’t give up on the possibility that your kid will eat veggies. Be consistent and include a variety of vegetables by the time, and tell them some stories about how they are superfoods and even superheroes derive their powers from them. After all, veggies have all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that the body needs the most. In case, your kids hate vegetables, try giving them finely grated veggies in homemade treats, veggies like eggplants, spinach tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms.
Practice mindful eating: Kids spend most of their time in front of the television and computer screens than even while eating meals of the day. So, firstly you must stop this mindless eating habit. So, sit down with them and talk about how healthy foods help the body to grow and stay strong by giving them good examples. Else, make them sit down with the whole family and focus on what they’re eating, and teach them to be mindful.
Be a role model: If by any chance, you are not eating healthy, don’t expect your child to eat healthy because kids learn through imitation. So, it will be great if you teach your kid some healthy eating rules by practicing them yourself. If you’ve got the parents doing it and it’s the child’s plate, it will work. Whereas, don’t make the fuss if they don’t wish to eat it, try to repeat the dishes with some variations. If they get exposed to the healthy foods, then eventually they will learn to eat them and might even.
Over to you
Kids are smarter than we often give them credit for. Every child is unique, so you need to focus on adopting unique ways to help them make healthy food choices. Make a lot of healthy homemade snacks so that they never feel that they never feel deprived of enjoying tasty delicacies.