It can be a struggle to feed kids healthy food, especially picky eaters. It is possible though, even on a budget.
How do you get kids to actually eat healthy food? Can we feed kids 100% organic and homemade food all the time? That’s not always attainable, especially in Oklahoma where good food can be hard to get. My goal is to make more things from scratch, learn to make better choices, and feed my kids as well as I can with the time and money available. The more organic, the better of course.
Are you a picky eater? Is your child? I sure used to be. The only vegetables I liked were french fries and corn. Don’t forget ketchup too. Those are not the makings of a healthy diet. I eat such a great variety of fruits and vegetables now, people are amazed. My daycare kids eat a great variety as well.
The best way to learn to like new things is to figure out how you like them. Usually, we don’t like a vegetable because we tried it when it wasn’t cooked well. Soggy, overcooked broccoli tastes awful and so does canned asparagus. There are ways you can make fruits and veggies taste amazing. The secret is to learn to cook them well and find out which way tastes good to you.
If you are wondering if I can help you with your picky child, believe me, I can. I have cared for 82 kids over the past 23 years in my home daycare, and I have met some of the world’s pickiest kids. It takes some work and creativity, but you CAN change at least some of the eating habits of any child. (and your husband too, believe it or not!) You CAN be a nutrition hero! Check out Little Sprouts Learning to see more about raising healthy kids.
Start early teaching kids to eat healthy
The earlier you begin to try to help your child enjoy healthy choices, the easier it will be. I remember changing our diet drastically from all processed food to home cooked, whole foods when my daughter was around the age 8 or 9. She was so upset, she asked for prayer about it at church. The changes we made gave her a much better life, but had we started earlier, it would have been much easier on her.
She is 24 now and on her own. Her diet is surprisingly healthy for a young woman who is just learning to cook for herself. I’m super proud of her for so many reasons, but it’s cool to see her see the importance of real, nourishing foods.
If you can begin making wholesome foods when your child is an infant, that’s great. Forget the jarred food and whip up easy-peasy baby food of your own. It’s super easy to bake a winter squash or sweet potato and toss it in the blender with a little water or chicken stock to thin it out. You can also buy bags of frozen peas or green beans, cook them up, and blend them with a bit of the cooking water.
No matter what age your kids are, it’s not too late. Try to introduce healthy foods to them anyway. Over time, they will get used to it. My husband and I learned new eating habits in our 30s. You can do it too.
Be a good role model to get kids to eat healthy
Your kids are not going to want a heaping plate of broccoli if you are across the table making gagging noises and faces like a 2-year-old. If you are having a big mac and fries, they aren’t going to want the broccoli either. You have to learn to enjoy healthy foods yourself to entice your precious little ones on the path to health.
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