This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®. All opinions are mine alone.
Creating a healthy home can be easier than you think. To start, make smart food choices, and help your child develop a positive relationship with healthy food. Your children will learn their “food smarts” from your example.
4 Ways to Encourage Healthy Habits in Kids
One of the more difficult parts of raising healthy kids is feeding them nutritious food. Of course they want more cake and candy, they don’t want their broccoli, and they have no idea why a balanced meal is so vital. But don’t give up; there are lots of easy ways to encourage them to eat healthier.
Get the Kids Involved in the Cooking Process and Grocery Shopping
If you are having trouble getting your kids to eat healthy meals or snacks, why not let them participate in the prep or cooking process? Kids are very hands-on, so when they see what goes into preparing meals, they often want to eat what they helped make.
You can even get their help picking recipes and take them to the store with you. Let them put things in the cart or push the cart if they’re able. I went to Walmart recently and let my daughter pick out some of the items she liked and was so happy about it.
When you get home, do meal prep together and let them stir or do safe things in the kitchen. This might depend on their ages and skill levels. You are bound to have your kids more interested in their food when they know they helped.
Send Your Kids to School With Healthy Snacks
When your kids go to school, that is when a lot of the unhealthy eating takes place. Cafeteria lunches are not always the best options, so try to pack their lunch each day, but try to make it fun.
For snack time, don’t send your kids with money for the vending machines.
Instead, pack some really yummy and healthy snacks they would actually look forward to eating, like fruit cut into fun shapes, or veggie kabobs. My daughter loves Mott’s 100% Juice Pouches and Applesauce as fun alternatives. She not only loves them but I know that they are great for her. Mott’s are my go-to snacks for my daughter because they come in a new unsweetened variety and they are an excellent source for vitamins to help my little one start strong and grow strong. With any occasion, Mott’s helps my kid be healthy and that starts with school lunches, daytime snacks, or family meal times!
Try to Make a Game Out of Eating Healthy
While at home, you can turn your healthy eating into a game for the younger kids or when one of your kids is a little more stubborn about eating certain foods. This can also turn into a learning experience. If one of your kids is learning basic math in school, get out some slices of fruit and practice adding and subtracting with it. Your child has now learned basic math, and is also eating the fruit when they’re done with the lesson. This is a major win-win!
Allow the Occasional Treat
Following a healthy diet doesn’t mean never having anything that is a ‘treat’. By completely denying all treats, your kids might have that rebellious nature and want to pig out when they do get one of their favorite things. However, if you offer the occasional bowl of ice cream or piece of pie after dinner, they are more inclined to eat healthy so they get their treat. I’m lucky that my kids think Mott’s juices and applesauces are treats!
Help your child make healthier food choices by including items like Mott’s juice and applesauce. You can find Mott’s juices in the juice section of your local Walmart and applesauce items in the apple/fruit sauce section.
This year, Mott’s and Walmart want to help you track your child’s growth and ensure that all children are given the chance to grow up big and strong.
Here’s How You Get Your Growth Chart:
- Buy $10 worth of Mott’s Juice or Sauce at Walmart
- Register for the offer on www.Motts.com/Walmart
- Upload receipts on www.Motts.com/Walmart now thru 9/15/2017
The growth chart will be mailed to your home once receipts have been verified.
As soon as we got ours, Squeaker was pretty eager to see how she measured up:
She likes to check daily, even if her height hasn’t changed. She’s three so this is just one of those things that she really enjoys doing.
Still, it’s become a part of her way of being healthy- which is also something that our entire family is working on.
How do you encourage your kids to be healthy?