Kids love to be active when they are learning, and it’s always great when we discover new passions with them. So what better way is there to teach kids about a healthy diet than getting them directly involved? Things could get messy, but there’s no need to worry – it is easy to find tips about how to do laundry online if there are any stains. Let’s take a look at some quick and easy ideas for getting your kids happy with a healthy diet!
Juices and Smoothies
This is a great and fun way to make sure your kids get their daily requirement of fruit. Using a juicer will produce a more water-like consistency; a blender will give you a thicker one (add a bit of pure orange juice to help get things going). Everyone knows their favourite fruits and vegetables, but this is also a fun way for kids to experiment with new flavours – just keep their fingers away from all blades! Allow them to peel the fruit, drop it in, and press the buttons. A small chunk of ginger could be added if you’re feeling adventurous or you want a healthy treatment for a cold.
Making your own pizza is easy and quick, and has delicious results. It’ll keep kids away from the unhealthy versions but also give them something familiar, leaving you the knowledge of exactly what’s on it. Furthermore, they could shape their pizzas into hearts, animals, or anything at all. Healthy recipes can be found online, but this one on the BBC’s Good Food website is great for kids, being simple to read and follow. It’ll also give them a chance to learn new words and ideas associated with cooking.
Pita bread is an interesting variation for kids who are bored of regular sandwiches. Here you could set up your own salad bar with limited meat options, perhaps either ham or plain chicken. The main filling will be vegetables! You could slice up cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce, and put out sweetcorn, olives, and even orange segments. Kids will enjoy stuffing their own pitas (you may want to toast them slightly first) and feeling the different textures. Try asking them what they like about the pita they made. You may want to limit sauces to keep it healthy, just adding a little for moisture.
It will be exciting to see the choices your kids make in preparing food and how willing they are to experiment; you may find you’ve helped unlock their passion!
For those with children with specific dietary requirements, here are some ideas you can get stuck into.