7 tips to get your family eating healthier

Do you want a healthy family?  A healthy family eats a lot of fresh, whole food every day. Start now to invest in your health, and remember that every small change you make that sticks can make a huge difference over time.

 

first enlist your spouse

Everyone who regularly influences the kids’ meals at home must be enlisted if you don’t want them to capsize your efforts because they don’t see the point.

Set the example together, and you’ll have a fighting chance. 

 

adjust your expectations, then stick to your guns

When you expect more from your kids, they have no option to comply.  And while you will meet with resistance from your kids, treat it like a long-haul change.  Start by setting the example and explaining your reasons in terms they understand (you’ll need to motivate with benefits they like). 

 Then make changes in baby steps that you know you can sustain for at least 30 days (that’s how long it takes to form a new habit).

 

 plenty on offer.

Have lots of veggies and fruit in sight so they can fetch it themselves. Keep plenty of fresh, appealing fruits and veggies in the kitchen so you have enough options for healthy meals.

 

boost on snacks.

Snacks are a great time for healthy foods.  Even when your kids have a sweet treat, add a fruit or veggie to be eaten as well.

 

Some ideas:

- Cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks, olives make a great accompaniment. 

- Berries are healthy and popular with kids

- Try substituting junk food with healthier treats like frozen yoghurt lollies / fruit juice lollies / home-made trail bars / homemade biscuits / frozen fruit slices (bananas, berries, kiwi fruit etc), yoghurts mixed with fresh fruit puree that kids can pick on. 

 

regularly expand your family’s horizons.

Challenge your kids with tastes they haven’t had before.  Make it a rule that they have to try one bite, and so do you.

 

catch them when they’re hungry. 

Hunger is your best friend, as your kids will be far more open to things you suggest.  Give tiny portions so they eat it all – they can always ask for more. This creates the standard that the food you give them must be finished, and you will know you aren’t overfeeding them.  Start the meal with a salad or a small portion of veggies (with things they like), then give them the main once they’ve eaten that.  The adults should do the same. 

 

eat your meals together

 Try and eat at least one meal a day together, and eat the same food.  You set the example, and it offers great relationship benefits too. Kids learn best by copying!

 

It sounds trite, but the key to your family’s good health starts with eating more healthy food every day. Like compound interest, your perseverance will pay off over time.