Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Guide to providing healthy and fun meals for kids:

Here are ways for your kids to enjoy healthy food!
By Expert Tips
Date: August 06 2019
Editor Rating:
Motherpedia cover

It can be incredibly difficult to get your kids eating healthy meals and snacks. When they leave for school, who knows what they are eating. A lot of kids will trade their food during the lunch break, meaning you can never truly know what your child is eating throughout the day. A lot of the time, your child is trading their food because it’s become monotonous and repetitive. Finding creative inspiration in the kitchen, however, can be an arduous task. Throw in a full-time job, dinner preparations and other domestic chores and let’s face it, lunch the next day is the furthest thing from your mind. So, if you’re struggling to get your kids to eat convenient and healthy lunch meals, here are several tips on how to improve the situation. 

Have regular family meals 

One of the best ways to get your children eating healthy and consistently is to have regular family meals. Now, this might sound like a lot of effort and time, but you can prepare some delicious, nutritious meals with limited ingredients and effort. Take for example this serrano and rocket risotto, which takes only about 45 minutes to prepare. All you need is a bag of rice, some rocket, parmesan, garlic, serrano ham (great for the kids), red onion and vegetable stock. 

Cooking a delicious risotto is a great option for many reasons. Firstly, you can easily use the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, so you’re effectively cooking for two meals. Secondly, serrano is an incredibly delicious type of Spanish ham, certain to go down well with any picky-eater. Having regular, set meal times will minimise how often your kids are snacking, meaning they won’t go reaching for those potato chips after school. 

Talk to your kids about what they like

You could put hours and hours into preparing a delicious, home-cooked meal, only for your children to turn their noses up and want something else. Naturally, this can be incredibly frustrating for you as a parent. Time is limited when you have a family to provide for. To speed up the process, talk to your kids about what they like and dislike. Children can be quite picky about specific foods, so ask them! 

Furthermore, get them involved in the actual cooking process. When you go shopping for ingredients, start teaching your kids about what they need to be looking for (the good and the bad). A lot of kids will like being given responsibility and thrive off being able to help in the kitchen. 

Home-cooking is better than ordering in

There’s no doubt that there are some healthy and convenient local restaurants to order takeaway from. However, you don’t want to create a home environment where your children prefer ordering in food as opposed to a genuine, home-cooked meal (pre-prepared option). Ordering takeaway should be a luxury, not a necessity. Indeed, there is a direct link between families outsourcing their daily meals and a large fall in healthy eating habits. 

At the end of the day, you want to be preparing most meals for your family. This gives you greater control over what your kids are consuming and will help maximise the health content of every meal. 

If you’re sick, keep away from the kitchen as much as possible

If you come down with a stomach bug or a head cold, it’s important that you keep away from the kitchen. If you simply can’t get out of bed, ask your spouse or one of your older children to sort out something simple, like a breakfast smoothie or some fried rice. There are plenty of kid-friendly recipes that are healthy and easy for kids to whip up – could be the perfect option for Mother’s Day. You don’t want your kids getting sick, but at the same time you want to be preparing their food for them. If you are the only one that can cook, then remember the key is to minimise your time in the kitchen to reduce the spread of bacteria. Make sure you wash your hands before handling the ingredients. Just because you’re sick doesn’t mean your kids’ diets should suffer. 

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
2 Total Comments
Bruto Milano says: 2019 08 06
Rating:

This is a very nice article. I really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout of your article. Thanks for sharing your nice article. We provide all kinds of photo editing services at a competitive price from Clipping Expert Asia. That helps to increase your e-commerce business. However we have a big and high-skilled photo editing team, they are very high-professional for their position. So our photo editing service is very clean and eye-catching that we provide. If you want to get high-quality photo editing service at a low cost then don’t waste your valuable time as soon as possible you communicate with us. We are all the time ready for giving service to you.
https://clippingexpertasia.com

haris khan says: 2019 08 23
Rating:

Excellent read, Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. 카지노사이트

View All Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:


Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343


Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
girl_eating_veges
Pre-schoolers respond to explanations about why healthy food is good…
Read more
Child-1566470 640
Take note, mums!
Read more
Motherpedia cover (4)

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest Australia
Get ready for this celebration!

Vtech giveaway motherpedia

Win 1 of 3 VTech Toys Pack Giveaway
Playtime is so much more with VTech

Trolls-giveaway

Win 1-of-3 Trolls Prize Packs Giveaway
Let's get artsy with the Trolls!

Oral health for pregnant women - motherpedia

6 Early and Unusual Things Women Experience During Pregnancy
Are any of these familiar?

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Motherpedia cover

5 Fabulous Event Ideas…
Here are tips to help you out!

Motherpedia cover (2)

Make a big difference…
This is Australia’s largest tree planting and nature planning event!

Motherpedia cover (1)

Escape Winter and Giddy…
Are you ready for some good music, Australia?

Motherpedia cover (1)

A Summer Night Season…
Moonlight Cinema announces February program