Trick Your Kids Into Eating Healthy

The most important thing to any parent is that their kids are healthy and happy.

But any parent knows that sometimes making sure your kids eat healthily, is easier said than done. More often than not, getting your kids to eat their veggies can be a real battle. After all, kids are naturally drawn to sugary sweets.

And it doesn’t get any easier when every time we turn around there are sugary treats everywhere. They are being advertised on the TV, handed out at parties and social gatherings, and are on the shelves of every store we go to. And while we understand that this is unhealthy for our children, many of us give in, afraid of our child being unhappy and left out. But in the end, it is our job to make sure that our kids are filling their bodies with nutrients that they need to keep them healthy now and in the future, rather than just trying to make them happy in the short-term.

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

Our kids can still feel like they are getting the same types of goods without the unhealthy, processed and artificial ingredients that are found in many of kid’s favorite treats.

The key with these snacks is to provide a healthier alternative to a snack or treat, rather than something that should be eaten all the time. Just as with adults and the consumption of treats, the key here is in moderation.

Here are a few healthier alternatives to our kid’s favorite treats.

Cookies:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup palm shortening
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar for dipping
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon for dipping

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350º F.
  • Combine your almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together in a food processor, pulsing in the shortening, honey, and applesauce.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball.
  • Mix together the coconut sugar and ground cinnamon for dipping in a bowl.
  • Dip each ball of dough into the water and roll into the dipping mixture.
  • Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet and add your dough balls onto the sheet, flattening each ball with your palm.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove them from oven and let cool.

 

Pudding:

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado 
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nuts

Directions

  • Peel the avocado and remove the pit
  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and no avocado clumps remain
  • Top with your favorite crushed nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc) and serve

 

Brownies:

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp organic, unsweetened dark cacao chips
  • 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop Morellifit Nutrition Chocolate Protein
  • 1 tbsp coconut or almond flour
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Melt butter and chocolate chips in a coffee mug in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Stir the melted mixture then add yogurt.
  • After yogurt is mixed to cool the butter, add one egg and stir until combined.
  • Next add whey protein, flour, salt, and stir until combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and walnuts then stir once more.
  • Place mug in microwave and cook on high for one minute.
  • Take out and give one last stir.
  • Let rest for another minute or two.

Prep/cook time: 5 minutes

 

Chocolate Milk: If you haven’t heard of the new superfood supplement, Detox Organics, then you need to check it out! This is a greens supplement that is FULL of healthy veggies, such as wheat grass, spinach, broccoli, kale, and so much more. The trick is that it tastes like chocolate! Mix 1 scoop with 8 oz of almond milk and serve it up as a healthy treat. It tastes just like Nesquick!

You can also use it many different recipes that call for chocolate. If you’re going to serve something chocolatey, why not sneak the greens into it?

Here are some tips to getting your kids to eat healthy meals:

  • Plan ahead: Plan your meals ahead of time. By planning ahead, you won’t be tempted to try and throw together something quick and simple just so that your kids get fed. Nobody plans to feed their children unhealthy food, but rather it is a byproduct of a busy life.
  • Include your children in the cooking process: I know, when making dinner the last thing you want is your kids getting in the way, but when you include your kids in the cooking process it makes them more interested in consuming something they helped create.
  • Be a role model: Our kids learn by watching us and trying to mimic the things we do. This is why it is important to not only feed our kids a healthy diet but to practice it ourselves and lead by example. When your kids constantly see you eating healthy, they will naturally follow suit. If you aren’t sure what it is you should be eating, check out our Custom Meal Plans and we can help you be that role model.
  • Introduce food slowly: If you are trying to make your kid eat a healthier food that they may not be used to and may even refuse to eat, begin by slowly introducing it. Add a little bit to their food and try to make it more appealing by making it more fun, such as explaining to them how their hero also eats that food.

Why not just let the kids enjoy “kid” foods?

We all know what it is like for people to be unhealthy and we also know that many times health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are a result of the foods that we consumed throughout our entire lives.

Being a parent isn’t just about making sure our kids are healthy and happy now, but it is also about creating good habits within our kids so that they grow up to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is our job to try and keep them healthy well into adulthood.

And so that one day they too may pass on their healthy habits to their children.

Teaching our kids healthy habits, so that they go on to lead healthy lives, is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. It is our obligation and responsibility to install these into our kids.

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