It can be hard to choose meals that all the family will love. You might have a toddler that is being a little fussy or a teen that has decided that they only eat certain things. You might even have some family members with allergies thrown into the mix, and it can make life quite stressful. You’d think that when your kids were hungry that they would just eat what you give to them. But unfortunately, that is not so! If you want to help your kids eat better, then here are some ideas to help. A few small changes can make the world of difference to their attitude and how much they end up eating.
Get Them Involved in the Cooking
Kids like to get messy and to help out in the kitchen. Obviously, some kids will be able to do more than others, depending on their ages. But everyone can do something. They can help with measuring and pouring, as well as chopping if they are a little older. Younger ones can help set the table, as well as stirring things and tearing up fresh herbs, for instance. When they have some accountability over the food, it does make a difference to their attitude towards it.
Make Food Fun
There are several ways that you can make the food that you serve more enjoyable for your kids. It could be that you make the food into a picture on the plate or into a face, for example. It could also be that you get them to help in the fun side of foods. Take pancakes, for instance. They are a pretty fun food! So once they are cooked on both sides, take turns holding the pan and flipping them over. The kids could all try, and then they get to eat that one that they chose. In my experience, this is best with thick American style pancakes, as they are easier to toss without it collapsing and folding in on each other. If you’re not sure how to make them without a package mix, then look up some of the best American pancake recipes online. They are pretty quick and simple to make and from the point above, you can get the kids involved in the making of them. As all it takes is some whipping up in a bowl. They make a better snack or breakfast for your kids than a pre processed snack or meal.
Ask Your Kids To Choose The Meals
If you’re not a meal planner, then you need to be! It is a great way to save at the grocery store, as well as reduce the waste that you throw out from your home. But one great way to do it is with the kids. Now hear me out on this one. When they have some kind of accountability over the meals, they are much more likely to want to eat them. You can always flip it back to them and say that they were the one that chose that meal this week when they decide they won’t eat it. It can solve a lot of battles.