A Tested Method of Getting Healthy Foods into the Diet of Your Kid

All of us parents, well I’m sure that most parents anyway are always trying to get our kids to eat a healthy well rounded diet.  My two solid eaters at home, 2 and nearly 4 years old, can be quite picky when it comes to food.  My almost 4 year old is the worst of the two.  He has always been at war with the textures of most foods.  If I’d let him he would eat bread and cheese at every single meal.  Since he began eating solids at right around 8 months of age he was a picky eater.  Then, his sister came  long and I was presently surprised that she did desire to at least try most foods.

Since I have a hobby and passion for in depth study of health and nutrition it has pained me to watch my kids eat an unhealthy diet.  I guess that sometimes ignorance is bliss to not know exactly what (insert name of famous American fast food restaurant here) does to one’s body.  Praise the Lord that our body is designed to recover for much of our bad food choices.

So, as a parent who not only wants to have healthy children, but also by nature reads everything she can get her hands on when it comes to health and nutrition I can’t sit back and feed my kids bread and cheese until they decide they want something else.  Nope, I just can’t do it.  Instead I developed my own method of helping my kids make good choices when it comes to their food so that I can only hope that someday they will want to take after their mama and make healthy choices.

Keep in mind that I’m not a parenting expert and I don’t try to stay politically correct, I am just doing the best that I can here folks and it seems to be working.  I’ve tested out this method on no other kids by my own, but hey if it works it works.

We do not cook separate meals just to appease my children.  We believe that it is important that they eat with my husband and I, plus that is just way too much work when I’m already chasing around two little ones and caring for a baby.  I almost always put a food or two that my children like on their plate and then I put foods on their plate that they do not like.  Many times I hear “Mooom, I’m NOT eating that.” Although we encourage our children to eat everything on their plate, we do not force them to eat what is on their plate.  We allow them to decide to eat whatever they like.  However, if all they want that particular night is bread we don’t allow any more bread (or any other food) until they eat everything that is on their plate.  If they want to eat nothing further than that one food they are given that is fine, we really don’t make an issue out of it.

I honestly didn’t really think it was working.  And, then just out of the blue one day after I’d been putting salad on my kids plates they started eating it like champs!  Then they started eating other things like carrots, cucumbers, and other things!  Whoo hoo!  Success!  Now they aren’t perfect and still are picky at times, but putting the food in front of them seems to really be worth it.

If you want more tips on how to feed your kids healthy try this article from Holistic Kid on 4 Food Groups All Kids Should Eat, it is really about much more than fruits and veggies!