3 Encouraging Phrases To Get Your Kids To Eat a Wider Variety of Healthy Foods
Updated: May 22
Getting kids to try new foods at mealtime can be one of the most challenging things to overcome. Many times children make their decision whether or not they will like a food based on its appearance and smell.
By introducing children to healthy foods in an easy, relatable, and understandable way, they could potentially walk away with a new favorite food. Or in the best case, zero fear of trying something new!
Here are 3 encouraging phrases to get your kids to eat a wider variety of healthy foods!
1.) "You have a lot of growing to do, do you want to grow it out of junk food or healthy food"
Inform children that eating healthy foods will help them grow. After all, you are what you eat so what do you want to build your body with? Healthy foods are full of vitamins and minerals. These things are extremely beneficial to our health and especially beneficial to children in the developmental stages. Eating a wide variety of healthy foods will ensure your child will get all the necessary nutrients necessary to promote optimal growth and development!
2.) "You don't know if you like it until you try it"
Often children can be very nervous to try new foods. Let them know you are aware of this and how brave they will be if they try a new food. Kids love making you proud! Additionally, it's important to inform children that their taste buds change as they get older - that means something they didn't like when they were younger, they might like now!
3.) "Try telling your brain you'll like the food!"
Kids are very quick to judge foods and decide if they will like them or not without even trying them. If you explain to them that having that mindset will close them off to discovering a whole world of delicious foods! Encouraging your kids to have an open mind at the dinner table and to tell their minds they will like the food will open them up to trying a lot of new things!
It's also important to let children know that it's okay if they don't like something after they tried it- they were SO BRAVE for giving it a shot! Maybe next time!
Try this healthy recipe with your little one! When children help out during mealtime creations, it gives them a sense of ownership over the food and is more often willing to try it. This is also a great bonding and educational experience with your children!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Chocolate Avocado Pudding🥑
1 Ripe Avocado
1/8 cup Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1.) Mash avocado with a fork
2.) Add cocoa, syrup, cinnamon & vanilla to avocado
3.) Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes then enjoy!
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Jamie Zwier, BS.Ed, CHHC. Simplifying Healthy Eating for Busy Families
Head Health Coach & Founder of Oh How Healthy,LLC
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