Some households don’t practice healthy clean eating because not everyone in the family is on board. It is usually the munchkins in the house that are still learning what they like and refuse many meals that are placed in front of them. It can be frustrating and a little bit scary to think about changing what they eat. In our house, it is my son that I was worried about. When he was a baby I made his baby food and everything was healthy BUT when my daughter was born and our world was flipped upside due to the fact that there were now 2 little ones to look after, there was a shift in the way our family ate. Not everything was healthy and of course to a child, the processed foods taste best (after all they are loaded with sugar and other artificial ingredients- whats not to love!?) SO when it came time that this mama took charge of her family’s health, it was a struggle to change his ways.
A few things that I did in order to get the whole family on board:
– As much as it is a pain in the butt to have 2 toddlers at the grocery store, I take them shopping with me. This allows them to help with choosing the food we are going to be eating. It makes this fun for them. On the car ride home, I make every healthy snack a big deal so that they are excited to eat them. I’ll ask “Who’s wants to eat all the carrots first?!?” and they always yell out MEEEE!! (They love baby carrots by the way) Or I’ll say “Who wants to help mommy peel the sweet potatoes when we get home”
-When it came to snack time, this is another choice I would allow them to make. I give them 3 choices of snacks. All healthy and clean. then they can choose one of them. This is funny because I feel like it sorta tricks them into eating healthy. When they are given choices, more than likely they are going to choose something. When they refuse the 3 choices, I tell them that is all that there is and if they don’t want them then there is no snack. They always end up picking one of them!
-Of course SET A GOOD EXAMPLE! I make it a point for them to see me eating and enjoying healthy foods. There are so many times that they refuse a type of food and then I will ask them if I an have a bite. After they see mommy enjoying the food, 9 times out of 10 then will eat it too OR at the very least TRY a bite!!
-Make only 1 meal rather than something for the adults and something separate for the kids. At first this was tough! If I would make something that the kids grimaced at when seeing it, I felt horrible and were afraid they wouldn’t eat it. Well, I’m just going to throw it out there… your kids will NOT starve themselves. Don’t get me wrong there were definitely struggles and times they ate cold food an hour later, but once we laid down the law, everything was much better. They look forward to the food, the eat healthy fruits and veggies and I know that as a mother, I am giving them the best nutrition for their growing minds and bodies.