8) Cooking is fun!
Children can be easily amused. Some foods especially vegetables can have shapes or names which are slightly unusual that could capture their attention and make them want to get involved in the cooking process! You can also make their meals fun by placing the vegetables on the plate to make a picture. You can chop the vegetables differently than just the bog standard disks… that is only if you have time and the desire!
9) Don’t forbid your kid from eating everything!
Who wants to sit down for dinner if meal times are associated with the idea that you are not allowed to eat certain things. Not every day but, now and again your kids can eat a sweetie or go occasionally to a fast food restaurant. This way you can explain that these types of foods are good to eat for a special occasion but not everyday as they are not good for your health.
If you think that your child is not the right age to eat certain foods it will limit their discovery of new flavours and textures. Your child can still eat good quality cheese even if it is strong in flavour rather than the processed babybels or the laughing cow for example!
10) Eat together as much as possible
This could be quite complicated depending on everyone’s schedule but find moments that you can eat altogether. If you need, you can have your dessert with your partner in peace before going to bed…
11) Let them help
Let them help you in the kitchen and give them tasks that are suitable to their age. Younger kids can put the vegetables or cheese onto the pizza for example. You can then make the most of these moments together to teach them how to do certain things in the kitchen. They will be even more delighted to help you in the kitchen if they have an apron just for them or even a chefs hat!
12) Let them help themselves when they are old enough
It is good to give your older children an idea of quantities and how much they should eat depending on their appetite. It is important for them to learn themselves how much they can eat before getting too full or similarly if their portion size is too small and are still hungry.
13) Breakfast is so important!
For lots of families, breakfast is eaten on the hoof or as you are pulling on your coat to get your kids out the door to school. Often families buy sugary cereals or industrial processed bread. Your children then start to become used to a breakfast high in sugar so just ask for that. However it is much better to have fresh bread that is frozen to make toast with home made jam and a piece of fruit. At the weekend when you have more time you should make the most of a family breakfast.
14) You can vary after school snacks!
Supermarket snacks are very handy and are great at filling a hole when you are hungry. But a snack after school can also be healthy and varied! You always think that your kid will be unhappy with a banana or a clementine instead of a biscuit but it is not necessarily the case.
If you have time to bake you can make your own little cakes with fresh ingredients plus you know exactly how much sugar it contains. You could also give your children a yogurt with chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon apple, or mashed bananas or even frozen forest fruits. It couldn’t really be simpler. It’s just a case of varying your ideas!