Dealing With Picky Eaters During The Holiday Season
Does your child’s diet consist solely of butter noodles and chicken nuggets?
If getting your child to eat healthy foods is a struggle in your household, don’t worry. You’re not alone! Many parents worry about the eating habits of their children, especially around the holidays.
Until your child's food preferences mature, consider these tips from Mayo Clinic for preventing mealtime battles:
Lead by example. If you eat a variety of healthy foods, your child is more likely to follow suit.
Stick to a routine. With time off from school, it is crucial to continue to serve meals and snacks at the same times each day. If your child chooses not to eat a meal, a regular snack time will offer an opportunity to eat nutritious food.
Make healthy cookies. Instead of giving your kids sugar-filled cookies, research healthier protein cookie recipes to make with your kids!
Make it fun. Serve broccoli and other veggies with a favorite healthy dip or sauce. Cut foods into various holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.
Get your child involved. Getting your child invested in the process of picking foods at the grocery store or making a meal is a win-win for everyone involved. Ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods during trips to the store. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, make the salad, or even set the table.
Minimize distractions. Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals to help your child focus on eating.
It’s unlikely that your child's eating habits will change immediately, especially with the holiday excitement, but the small steps you take consistently can help promote a lifetime of healthy eating!
Most of all, have fun making memories that go beyond the food, so that you and your family have the best holiday season ever!
Have an AWESOME week!