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Healthy Eating Tips Aimed At Children covers many tips and tricks to get children to eat, and like eating healthy foods.

Healthy Eating Tips Aimed At Children

If you stay on top of the news, you probably already know that obesity is the number one health problem and type II diabetes is becoming epidemic among US children.  Yet, many parents are baffled at how to get their children to eat more healthy foods.  Getting children to eat healthy isn't as complicated as it first appears.  By following a few healthy eating tips for several months to a year, children will begin to prefer healthy food choices, because that's what the body craves, anyway.  The tips include healthy choices, variety, color, avoiding junk food and...very important, do-it-yourself instructions.

Make Healthy Food Choices:

Controlling food choices is essential for children to begin eating healthy.  Food choices don't have to be controlled in the home, if they are controlled at the supermarket, cafeteria and restaurant.  If only this tip were used, children would be far healthier than they are today.  If it doesn't get into the basket, it doesn't come home.  If it doesn't come home, it can't be eaten there.  Simply by choosing low fat, non fat, sugar free, and fresh, unprocessed foods, you can deal a death blow to obesity.  "But my son won't drink diet soda."  Fine, there's the water faucet!  Which one of you is responsible for his health?"But my daughter's school serves processed food meals for lunch."  Give her no lunch money...Send her with a bag lunch...if they insist she eat their lunch, find a more flexible school or one that serves only healthy food choices.  You can always make ice cream or cake an occasional treat, but if someone is loading your child up every day on sugars, fats and salts, they are literally poisoning and addicting the child to things that will destroy their health. 

One 4-year-old I knew naturally preferred vegetables over everything else.  Her mother forced her to eat pork chops like mine forced me to eat spinach.  If your child naturally prefers things that are healthy, don't fight it.  You can find creative ways to add proteins, like soy beans, nuts and beans that are high in proteins.  Don't fight success!  Don't accept failure, either.  Another family I knew had the mother scurrying to meet every tiny food preference the children had.  It turned out that the only thing all of them liked was pizza, beef (especially hamburgers), cheese, corn and ice cream.   Needless to say, the whole family struggles with weight issues.  The tip of making healthy food choices is only successful if you use the discipline to make those healthy choices consistently.   Skipping back and forth can't be an option if your aim is to teach your children to make healthy food choices.

Use Variety In Texture, Flavor And Color:

One of the most helpful tips in aiming kids toward healthy foods is to use a variety.  Young children are attracted to bright primary colors, which is one of the reasons yellow corn is popular.  I didn't like salad as a kid, but it was always the same...iceberg lettuce and tomatoes...on Thanksgiving we got croutons.  There are so many beautiful colors and interesting flavors in the vegetable section, there is no reason to use one boring recipe over and over.  Fruits are naturally colorful, full of many nutrients and unprocessed sugar.  Fresh fruits are excellent snack and dessert substitutes.   Many ideas for variety and color of snacks are in my article  Making Healthy Snack Choices which is too long to duplicate here.  Please...if you want kids to like vegetables, don't use those mushy canned ones...they have no nutrients and are the most unpleasant things for a kid to eat.  Almost everything in cans is also available frozen and is simple to cook, using a microwave.  Use pepper, garlic powder, ground dill or basil for added flavor with no salt.  Also, use variety in preparation methods by going from stir-fry, to baked, to BBQ, etc.  The very changes in texture, color and flavor of foods gives kids an appreciation for the natural flavors of healthy foods.

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