Do your kiddos live on macaroni and cheese, pizza, and chicken nuggets? While these foods are delicious, a well-balanced diet is necessary for growing bodies. It’s often a challenge to get picky eaters to finish their fruits and vegetables – most parents have experienced flying broccoli and fruit salad tossed on the floor as your child screams in protest – and you’re stuck cleaning up the mess. Sigh.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make nutritious foods more appealing! Start by eating the same as your child at every meal. Chances are, if you shy from certain foods they will too. Another tip is to stock your kitchen with only nutritious, real foods, including colorful vegetables and fruits, low-fat milk products, legumes, whole grains and nuts. This mitigates the opportunity for poor food choices.
Dinner doesn’t have to be a negotiation situation. Let your child pick and choose which foods they would like to eat! If your kitchen is filled with nutritious foods, you are almost guaranteed a healthy (tantrum-free) meal every time. Use these tips for making sure your kiddos get the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. And don’t forget: it’s OK if they still have a sweet tooth, just skip the sugary sweets and reach for juicy watermelon instead – it’s nature’s candy!
Keep it sweet: Cut watermelon into sticks or small wedges for a fun treat kids will love! Pair these dippers with a blend of sour cream and vanilla for dunking.
Make it a party: A sweet pizza party that is! Slice watermelon into ‘pizza pies’ and let the kids make their own by choosing their toppings.
Save time: Life gets busy with little ones. Save time without missing out on nutrients needed to keep going. Freeze watermelon today for sweet frosted bites that keep well in the freezer for days.
Combine with classic favorites: Whip out the cupcake liners and sprinkles! Give your child’s favorite cupcakes a nutritious (and delicious) twist by swapping the cake for juicy watermelon. Top with your yogurt of choice, or frosting if you prefer, for a complete treat.
How do you get your children to eat nutritious foods? Tell us in the comments below!
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