Get Kids On Board: What Is Your Family Ready For?

The best way to get kids to be receptive to healthy eating is to involve them in making decisions about food.   Invite them to pick healthy snacks at the grocery store, come up with ideas for dinner, help with cooking, have their own garden, etc.  Ask open ended questions like “What do you think our family could do to start eating a little healthier?”, “What are some healthy foods you’d like to have for breakfast?”  or “What are some healthy foods your friends eat?”  You might be surprised at how good their ideas are. And we usually get more excited and follow through more if the ideas are our own.

If the ideas aren’t flowing, ask to them to circle the items on the list below that they think your family is ready for.   

Eating Well:  What is your family ready for?
  • Drink water before and with meals.
  • Have smaller dessert portions.
  • Have fruit for dessert.
  • Drink water instead of soda.
  • Drink diet drinks instead of regular soda.
  • Use smaller plates and bowls.
  • Don’t eat late at night.
  • Skip ‘all you can eat’ buffets.
  • Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Eat before you get too hungry.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.
  • Stop eating when you’re full.
  • Snack on fruits and vegetables.
  • Start a garden.
  • Have a baked potato instead of fries.
  • Use fat free dressings.
  • Use 1% or skim dairy products.
  • Try a new fruit, vegetable or whole grain
  • Buy a cookbook with healthy recipes.
  • Put cut up veggies in little bags in the fridge.
  • Put a pitcher of water in the fridge.
  • Don’t eat straight from a box or bag.  Take out one serving and put in a bowl.