As parents, we try to give our children a healthy diet, but unfortunately this is not always easy as it should. The kids like their candy, and they do not have much patience for the food, while healthy, may not taste so great. You can even try to explain to them why they should eat certain things, but they will not listen to reason. As adults, we are able to make educated decisions about what is healthy and what is not, but children do not think this way. They like things that taste good.
And children need vegetables. According to government authorities the most, children need to have about three or four servings per day, and is best if this portion includes some type of vegetable. If you are having trouble getting your kids to follow these guidelines, do not give up. Here are some tips to remember:
Start early: Research has shown that the earlier children begin to eat vegetables, the more likely they are to enjoy eating vegetables later. In fact, according to a study, it starts even when the child in the womb. Mothers who eat vegetables during pregnancy and, later, when breastfeeding is more likely to raise children who enjoy eating vegetables.
Have patience: Other studies have shown that, while children can refuse vegetables in the beginning, the more time they tried vegetables provided the more they will accept it. So even if your child insists to be stubborn about eating that broccoli, still serve it, and he eventually will come around.
Make vegetables more fun: There are many ways to make eating vegetables more than just a tedious task. For example, serving a variety of colors some vegetables, and encourage your child to "eat the rainbow" every day. In fact, this is good practice for us all.
Eat what you serve: We can not overstate the importance of setting positive examples. If you encourage your child to eat certain foods but does not consume itself, this is clearly not the best form of encouragement. Rather than have different food for parents and children, eating as a family. Everyone should get the same food.
Let the children participate: Many small children will jump at the chance to make adult decisions such as what vegetables for dinner. Try working with your child on food decisions. Let your child help plan healthy meals based on the food pyramid, and make any tweaks to eat that you need.