- Step 1: Make eating a game Make a game of eating healthy. Hold green bean eating contests that incite competitive kiddies to beat their parents in a competition.
- Step 2: Design fun foods Design plates of veggies and fruits as rainbows or goofy characters that they will eat without thinking about what they're doing.
- TIP: Keep only healthy snacks around so their options are limited to good choices.
- Step 3: Make smoothies Hide the healthy ingredients in flavorful concoctions, like fruity smoothies and milkshakes. They'll get nutrients including calcium -- it's a win-win.
- Step 4: Blend veggies Blend veggies in a tasty tomato sauce so that they never guess they're getting a healthy variety of goodies. Try the same strategy with homemade soups.
- Step 5: Trick them with pizza Trick them into eating healthy pizza by preparing it yourself: add veggies and lean protein, reduce the amount of cheese you sprinkle on top.
- Step 6: Turn the tables Turn the tables and make pizza the side dish to a main course of salad. Make the crust out of eggplant if you're really adventurous.
- Step 7: Bake healthy Bake zucchini into cakes and muffins, and substitute some of the butter or shortening with applesauce. Your family will get healthier without them even realizing it.
- FACT: Nearly 1 in 5 American children between 6 and 19 years of age is overweight.
You Will Need
- Smoothies and shakes
- Sauces and soups
- Cakes and muffins
- Healthy snacks (optional)