Today we have the awesome guest writer, Tracey Clayton, back on TwinCitiesView… Today she discusses an important topic about children’s nutrition and fun ways to help us parents out so we don’t have battle and shove healthy food down our kids gullets, they’ll WANT to eat it! (thank you Tracey!)
Ways to Decorate Food to Make Your Kids Eat Healthy
Most commonly, children associate healthy eating with something unpleasant that tastes bad. They would prefer chocolate for every meal, but it’s a wish that shouldn’t be granted. We, as parents, need to introduce healthy and nutritious food into our children’s diet and show them that fruit and veggies not only taste good, but can also look good. Children respond well to visual stimuli and making healthy food more visually appealing can be a push in the right direction. Here are some ways to give healthy meals a makeover that your children will love.
For a good start of the day
Breakfast should be well-balanced and nutritious, and with little arts and crafts, your children will enjoy their portion of healthy food like never before. Let your artistic side shine through and use molds or cookie cutters to make funny shaped fruit and veggies. Additionally, turn your kid’s breakfast into a proper sea adventure by making a boat out of bread, cheese, and other ingredients. Give the old bowl of oatmeal a new and improved look by turning it into a friendly-looking owl. Use blueberries and bananas to make eyes, apples to make wings, and strawberries for a beak.
Vegetables are full of vitamins, but they’re rarely the type of food a child will eat voluntarily. That’s why you need to be creative and turn a veggie meal into art. For a salad, make a bright flower using slices of tomatoes and carrots for flower petals and sticks of celery and cucumber for stems. Include any other vegetable that you know your kid doesn’t like and disguise it into something cute. Arrange a smiley face on the plate by using tortillas or bread for a face, cherry tomatoes for eyes and nose, and green peppers for smiles. Another unpopular lunch or dinner idea involves vegetables in a dip, but a new twist may make your kids change their mind. Arrange the peppers to look like an octopus to get their attention and they may end up asking for more. You need a proper storage to keep the vegetables fresh, so get the best refrigeration products to help you provide high quality food for your family.
All meals should be well-balanced and healthy, and snacks are no exception. A kid’s snack most often consists of fast food, which is low in nutrients and it doesn’t provide them with enough energy for the rest of the day. Make your kids a delicious, healthy snack using simple ingredients. A mix of different raisins together with yoghurt and a small amount of maple syrup is a delicious snack rich in fibers that are essential for good digestion. Another great snack option includes sandwiches with egg salad with some carrots on the side. Your kids can also have a quick bite of ham and cheese cut in cubes and accompanied with peppers and onion dip.
Incorporate healthy eating into all aspects of your kid’s life by throwing healthy birthday parties and other celebrations. Instead or regular sweets, like marshmallows and cupcakes, serve a delicious, imaginative dessert, such as fruit sticks. Take different fruit of your choice, like watermelons, bananas, and pears and make large slices. Then, use cookie cutters to make a variety of shapes, like stars and hearts and put these creations on a lollipop stick. These yummy treats are rich in vitamins and they will quickly steal the show. You can do the same thing for Christmas and New Year’s Eve by using cookie cutters in holiday-themed shapes. Another variation on a theme are fruit sticks dipped in dark chocolate. This is a tasty and healthy dessert that will be a big hit at parties.
With a little practice, you’ll become an expert in food decoration. Use your creativity and these ideas to make some delightful, nutritious meals and ensure your child leads an active and healthy life.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
Go Bananas for healthy foods!
Well there you have it TCV readers, fun and artistic ways to eat healthy foods… Who knows it may even work on adults?! I’d love to eat any of those meals in the photos…Not that I’m picky, I would like to eat them because they look super good and it would be fun to pretend that I’m a crazy giant eating a boat or a palm tree OR Hello Kitty… how awesome was that decoration?! VERY!
Take care readers!