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Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food

Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food

 

Sometimes children can be picky, especially when it comes to vegetables. I know my boys can. Over time, I’ve learned that kids are more likely to eat the food they plant and care for.

We have several gardens, and the kids help with them and have learned to like what grows in it. Well, we’re still working on rhubarb! (Anyone have tips for how to keep your rhubarb alive??)

 

If you’re struggling introducing your children to new foods, try a few of these tips, even if you don’t have access to land for planting a garden.

Talk about what you’re eating.

When you call a blueberry a “superfoods,” kids listen and want to eat them. You can reveal food secrets to them as well. My boys were eager to try prunes once they learned that they were simply a dried version of a favorite fruit of ours, plums.

Sneak veggies and fruits into your child’s favorite foods.

Our family has created spinach mac and cheese, pizza with broccoli and carrots, and peanut butter and raisin sandwiches. My kids may have been hesitant at first, but they’re now some of our favorites!

Let kids help in the kitchen.

Just like working in the garden, kids eat what they cook. We were proud parents when we learned our 14-year-old could bake several different types of breads after a few lessons with his grandma. This also helps to ensure your children won’t rely solely on ramen noodles once they flee the nest.

Reduce the number of times you eat out during the week.

I can’t say this enough. Kids (and adults) get so accustomed to eating out, nothing at home tastes “right.” But most fast-food choices are filled with fat, loads of salt and cholesterol. It may be fast, cheap and easier than cooking at home, but it’s not worth it in the long run for the health of your family.

 

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