By Kristin Burgess, Club Greenwood RD
Do you struggle with kiddos who don’t’ like “healthy” foods?
Here are a few tips that can help:
- Eat what your kids eat and have them eat what you eat.
- Make small changes week by week so that within a month or so, everyone is on the same page, eating healthier whole foods.
- Trouble getting your kids to eat veggies? I would recommend not hiding them in other foods, such as smoothies. Instead, educate them. Teach your kids why broccoli (for example) is good for them, what it does for their body.
- Pair their favorite, familiar food with new, unfamiliar food, or a vegetable you are trying to get them to eat.
- Consistency is key when trying to teach your kids healthy habits. Never give up. Be patient. If your goal is to get them to like green beans (for example), give them a few every day for a week. Then reintroduce the green beans again, a few weeks later.
- Provide small portions when trying to get your kids to eat foods that might not be their favorite. A big portion is overwhelming and looks impossible but a few small bites are not only more doable, but also provide a positive sense of accomplishment once they do eat the food.
For more advise on how to create healthy eating habits for the whole family, please contact Kristin Burgess, RD. [email protected]
Registered Dietitian/Personal Trainer
Being a registered dietitian and health and wellness coach, Kristin believes you are what you eat! Eating whole, natural foods can not only increase energy and help you be at an ideal weight, but it can boost your mindfulness in every aspect of your life. After all, we walk around in our body all day…it must be a priority to take care of it! Running and triathlons have taken Kristin everywhere from Boston to Boulder. Kristin believes everyone has an “athlete” in them… after all, exercise makes the heart smile!
BS in Nutrition, Applied Physiology and Exercise Physiology
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CES