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3 Tips to Help Kids Eat Healthier
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“According to the American Heart Association, one in three kids and teens are overweight.” Carrying those extra pounds can contribute to diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 Diabetes. Losing and maintaining a healthy weight is important, but asking your kids to try new healthier foods can be an uphill battle.
First Corinthians 6:19 makes it clear that we are to honor God by keeping our bodies healthy."Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” Teaching your kids to eat healthier will benefit the whole family.
Here are 3 tips to help your kids eat healthier without feeling deprived.
Make Gradual Changes
Making a sudden announcement that steak and French fries will be replaced by tuna casserole and vegetables may result in shrieks of protest and tears.
You can make gradual changes that will hardly be noticeable. Sneak zucchini in bread, muffins, and waffles. Meatloaf can be more nutritious by using turkey and grated carrots. Make homemade chocolate waffles with whole wheat flour, pumpkin, and chocolate chips.
Put fruit on skewers for a fun after school snack. Mix up a quick dip for fruit by mixing up instant pudding with skim milk. Keep healthy foods front and center in the refrigerator.
Get Kids Involved
Kids will be more likely to try new dishes if they help select the ingredients. Help them pick out fresh fruit and vegetables at the store, and make it a game to see how many different colors they can find.
Get kids involved in cooking a meal. Look through cookbooks and let them choose recipes to try. Smaller kids can pull off lettuce leaves, and pour ingredients into the bowl. Older kids can measure out ingredients (good way to teach math skills), knead dough, or cut up vegetables.
Make It a Family Affair
It is in everyone’s best interest to eat healthy, and kids won’t feel like they are on a special diet if the whole family is eating the same foods. To make it more fun, let each family member be in charge of dinner once a week. This is a good opportunity to cook together, and try some new dishes that you can add in your own healthy ingredients.
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