3 Foods You Should Try to Avoid Feeding Your Kids
By Genevieve Cunningham
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges in life is the challenge of getting your children to eat. They seem to be hungry all day long … except for meal time. And eat healthy? Now that's a real task. Luckily, it’s easier than most people think to get kids to eat healthy foods. They just need patience and exposure. This becomes a lot more difficult when they’re constantly exposed to unhealthy (often tastier) options. So how can you make it a little easier? If you want to push your children toward a slightly healthier diet, take a look at these foods to avoid as often as possible.
They’re quick and easy, and truth be told, kids love them! But chips are a food with zero nutritional value. Consider them empty calories, and skip offering them to your child. What can you offer instead? Offer a side of carrot sticks, apple slices, or slice celery. This allows your child to get that crunchy texture without the calories and fat. If you really can’t make your kids stop eating chips, at least opt for the healthier, natural versions that are now found at many grocery stores.
Soda is so bad for the body. It doesn’t provide the body with any nutrients, and instead fills it with useless calories. Soda can also make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Once you begin drinking soda, it can be a hard habit to break -- as most adults know first hand. Do your kids a favor and skip the soda altogether. Instead, opt for real juices or plain old H2O.
This is like the magic food. Even when kids won’t eat anything else, they’ll usually reach for those salty french fries. The unfortunate part about fries is that they are calories and fat heavy. And of course, like any type of junk food, they’re also addictive. If you’re eating out, chances are good that the restaurant offers an alternative for fries, usually apple slices, yogurt, or even veggies. If you’re eating at home, offer a different side instead, or simply bake our own fries out of regular potatoes or sweet potatoes for a much healthier option.
Kids are going to be kids. If you offer them junk to eat, they’re going to eat it, and they’re going to like it. Instead, help your kids stay healthy by offering less junk and more healthy options. It might take some time and experimentation, but if you’re willing to work, you can teach your children healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
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