Do your kids crave sugary snacks or fruits and veggies? We met up with the Holistic Mom’s Network of the Western Chicago Suburbs to find out some tips to help add nutrition to your kids’ sweet tooth.
To children, it might be more fun to eat Twinkies instead of tomatoes. But as some local moms shared, with a few simple changes your kids can be eating healthy and enjoying it too.
Holistic Mom’s Network of the Western Chicago Suburbs Co-Leader, Kate Boyle, shared her tips for getting her kids to eat healthy. “We are having hot dogs for dinner, but it is an all natural hot dog or a turkey dog. Our peanut butter is organic with no sugar added. So it is a little different, but still healthy and the kids like it,” Boyle explained.
To create healthy eating patterns for life, the Holistic Mom’s Network says it’s all about starting early. This will help develop good habits and tune your child’s taste buds to ‘good for you’ foods.
“One of the key things is once they get to the point where they are starting to eat, is feed them from the table,” Holistic Mom’s Network of the Western Chicago Suburbs Leader, Lisa Rooney says. “Feed them what you are eating so that they get used to the taste and texture of those whole foods.”
Rooney adds buying organic is best and it’s good to avoid processed foods.
“Stay away from any food dyes, any artificial colors, any of the high fructose syrups or hydrogenated oils,” Rooney adds.
They also encourage parents to shop with their children. This will help engage your child with what they eat and it can even be fun for them with all the shapes and colors from them to look at.
“Let them make some choices about they what they want and talk about it ahead of time. Get pictures. Have them choose items by their taste and feel,” Rooney says.
So with a little planning and some fun exploration in the aisles, your kids may soon scream for sprouts instead of ice cream!
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