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Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits for Kids

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5 EASY tips to form healthy eating habits! (Because life is hard. Eating healthy shouldn’t be!)

Get your kids involved in snack time preparation

How to Eat Healthy

Gone are the days when eating was as simple as bite and be satisfied, right? With all the diet trends and long lists of superfoods, eating a balanced meal has unfortunately become way too complicated!

If the thought of eating healthy and changing your diet is overwhelming and you don’t know where to start, you are definitely not alone! It is a challenge for most people to get the recommended daily servings for a healthy, balanced diet. But I’ve come to realize that eating healthy is as hard as you want it to be. People will make any excuse they want to not eat healthy-

“It’s too expensive.”

“My kids don’t like it.”

“It isn’t convenient”

… sound familiar???

Today we’re taking things back to the basics with 5 tips for healthy eating habits. We’ll break it down in a way that is easy to understand, and we’ll kill those excuses once and for all!

Healthy Eating Habits for Kids

1. Mix it Up.

When it comes to eating healthy, variety is key! Don’t expect your child to do back flips over an apple if all he ever gets to choose from are red apples. Mix it up a bit! Drink smoothies one day and make fruit popsicles the next!

2. Make it Easy.

If the bag of cookies is more accessible than your celery and peanut butter, the cookies will win every time. Before you put any fruit in your fruit basket, wash it. Before you put any vegetables in the fridge, wash them and cut them into snack-sized portions. Snacks that are ready to be eaten are more likely to be grabbed by hungry hands!

3. Get Your Kids Involved

Let them have a say on what they want to eat so they have less excuses when you serve it! And get them to help with the snack preparations. Ask them to help remove all the stickers from the produce you purchase or help you wash it and put it away. Let them take ownership in their snacks. It is amazing what a bit of responsibility can do in the mind of a child!

4. Ditch the Sugary Drinks + Drink More Water

The more water you can drink, the better! I know many people feel like juices are good because they contain fruit. Or that diet sodas are ok because they don’t have many (or any) calories. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead of drinking fruit juice or soda, try fruit-infused water, or grab a sparkling water without the sugar.

5. Eat more Fish, Nuts and Whole Foods. 

Swap out one night of ground beef for fish, make some trail mix for after school snacks, and use whole grain flour in baking recipes as much as possible!

Here are a few healthy meal ideas we think you’ll love –

how to encourage healthy eating habits

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I think that keeping healthier snacks on-hand and ditching the sugary stuff is a great way to encourage healthy eating habits, but I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this topic, so tell me..

How do you encourage healthy eating in your family?

5 EASY tips to form healthy eating habits! (Because life is hard. Eating healthy shouldn't be!)

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