4 sneaky ways to get your kids to eat healthier

How many find themselves buying junks foods on their way home from work?

Healthy eating habits are the key factor that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and overall wellbeing. However, sticking with a healthy food routine can be a struggle for anyone. We get it. It is a lot easier to just grab some junk food on your way home rather that finding time to prepare some healthy recipes. Today, our taste buds are used to highly processed foods and we loose touch with our natural food instincts as a result.

In reality, you are introducing unhealthy eating habits for both you and your children by eating junk food. Children often mimic their parent’s behaviour and want to eat the same as you. The habits we form as children tend to follow us into our adult life. That is why it is so important to introduce your kids to a healthy food environment from an early age. If you want your kids to eat healthier, you need to develop a positive relationship with foods as well.

Eating a wide variety of healthy foods promotes and improves your body, mind and overall health. Healthy foods help you grow and function properly, and provide you with the energy you need to stay active throughout the day.

The first step in creating a healthy food environment starts with the parents. Here are 4 ways to squeeze healthy foods into your families’ diet.

4 tips to improve your families’ diet

1: Make a schedule and plan your meals

Children need to eat every three to four hours. Your children’s diet will be much more balanced if you plan these meals. Wherever you go, bring a cooler bag stocked with vegetables, fruits, yoghurt, and other healthy ingredients, ensuring that you don’t have to rely on junk food.

A healthy dinner includes ingredients from each of the five major food groups. Plan your meals accordingly, and remember that a good dinner doesn’t have to be fancy.

Have a read at this article if you want to learn more about the five major food groups.

Tip: Cook double or triple batches of healthy meals you are already making. Freeze the remaining foods so that there is always a healthy option available.

2: Give your pantry an overhaul

Children eat what is available in the house. If you want your children to eat better, stay clear of pre-packaged food and unhealthy sweets. Instead, start thinking about what basic cooking products you could switch for healthier alternatives.

Tip: Instead of chocolate and cookies, keep nuts on the counter and make exciting fruit bowls.

3: Glam up your vegetables

Rethink the way you serve vegetables, as they don’t need to be plain and boring. Vegetables are one of the most important sources of healthy foods. By mixing the vegetables with familiar foods and making them more interesting, it might change your children’s developing palate.

You could also experiment with healthy dips. Let your kids dip their vegetables in a homemade salad dressing or hummus.

Tip: Instead of French fries, make zucchini or sweet potato fries.

4: Go to restaurants that serve healthy foods

We all feel like dining out sometimes. Just remember, dining out does not mean that you have to eat unhealthy. There are lots of restaurants out there who serve high quality and delicious healthy foods.

We recently launched our new winter menu at Chill Restaurant and bar made with fresh and seasonal trendy produce. Whether you are after a large or small meal you can choose a healthy dish from one of our starters or mains. We recommend trying our tea smoked salmon, huon salmon with ancient grains or a delicious steak from the grill

For more information or any enquires, visit https://www.chillrestaurantbar.com.au or call us at (03) 9485 0088. We look forward to welcoming you at Chill Restaurant and Bar.

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