I wrote this post as a participant in the Eat, Play, Love blog carnival hosted by Meals Matter to share ideas on positive and fun ways to teach children healthy eating habits. A list of other registered dietitians and moms who are participating in the carnival will be listed at the bottom of this post or can be found on Meals Matter.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned as a mom is that I should never assume anything about my kids. They surprise me all the time! Like the time Joe, my overly cautious child, climbed up a 50-foot inflatable slide all by himself in the rain and had the courage to slide down.
Or the time Leila grabbed a tomato off the table, took a bite, and then proceeded to eat almost the entire thing.
Kids are a curious bunch. So why do we limit their curiosity by feeding them primarily “kid foods”? Why do we assume that they won’t like things like fish, salad, or a tomato?
When we do that, we limit their capacity to choose healthy foods as an adult. How can they be expected to make good food choices if they have never learned what good choices look like?
So my challenge to you, should you choose to accept it, (and I hope you will) is to make one positive change this week towards eating healthy as a family. Just one. Take the first step.
What can you do? Here are a few suggestions:
Plant something. It doesn’t have to be an entire garden. I know that is not realistic for everyone. But you can plant a pot of herbs. Do it together! Let your child pick out the plants and help tend the pot or garden. As they start to grow, smell them, taste them, use them in cooking. For tips on how to garden in a small space, check out Urban Organic Gardener.
Make a healthy meal together. It can be something as simple as pizza or tostadas. Just get in the kitchen together.
Eat together as a family. Family meal time benefits kids in so many ways. Studies show that kids who have regular family meals do better in school and are more likely to stay away from drugs.
Play. Get outside as a family. Or have a dance party in your living room. Have fun being active together.
What will you do this week to take the first step towards a healthier family?
Don’t stop here! Join the carnival and read other Eat, Play, Love blogs from dietitians and moms offering the best advice on raising healthy eaters. And if you don’t get enough today, for more positive, realistic and actionable advice from registered dietitian moms, register for the free, live webinar Eat, Play, Love: RaisingHealthy Eaters on Wednesday, May 18.
Hi! I’m Alysa – dietitian, baseball wife, mom, celiac, justice advocate, and proud wearer of onion-goggles. From food & fitness to faith & family, I believe there’s inspiration to be tapped in our everyday lives. Join me! To learn more, click here.
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