Have you been struggling with eating healthier while also balancing family dynamics? Are you wondering how you can have both healthy meals and happy kids? Try these tips!
INVOLVE KIDS IN MEAL PREP
They can help you prepare by:
Involving your kids in cooking is a great way for them to start learning about food and healthy eating. Research even suggests cooking with kids may increase their preference for vegetables.
LET THEM PICK OUT FOOD
Use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about healthy eating with family activities.
CONSULT A FAMILY-FRIENDLY COOKBOOK OR TRY ONE OF THESE HEALTHY RECIPES:
Sometimes complicated meals can feel overwhelming for kids, stick to the basics and work from there.
American Heart Association editorial staff. When Kids Help Cook, Healthy Family Meals Are Easier. American Heart Association. Updated August 23, 2019. Accessed April 2023.
Asigbee F, Davis J, Markowitz A, et al. The Association Between Child Cooking Involvement in Food Preparation and Fruit and Vegetable Intake in a Hispanic Youth Population. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2020; 4(4).
Spill M, Callahan E, Johns K, et al. Repeated Exposure to Foods and Early Food Acceptance: A Systematic Review. USDA Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review. 2019.
By Maria Cherry, MGH Dietetic Intern