A lot of parents think they know all the tricks to making their kids eat well, but it’s actually the reverse.
They may be familiar with the “Mind Reading” method for getting kids to eat healthy and feel good, but there’s a lot more to it than just that.
Here’s our favorite Mind Reading tips that can help your kids eat healthy, feel better and feel more in control.
Start with the basics.
If you want your kids to be successful with their food choices, start with the basic ingredients you can feed them.
In this case, it’s chicken, rice and vegetables.
If that sounds like a lot of steps, think again.
“The simple things, like the chicken, the rice and the vegetables, will make the difference between success and failure,” says Mary Ann Wertheimer, a nutritionist and author of the best-selling book The Healthy Cookbook.
“But they’re not as important as the ones that are more complicated and require you to think about them in a new way.”
The basics are what you should focus on. 2.
Know what foods are good for kids.
“We tend to think of healthy food as foods that contain more protein and fiber than other types of food,” says Wertheim.
But that’s not necessarily true.
“In general, vegetables are good because they have a high concentration of fiber, protein, and vitamins.
If the foods you’re feeding your kids are low in protein, those nutrients will make their diet better,” she says.
Know the difference in taste.
It’s not just the flavor that counts when it comes to food choices.
When it comes time to get your kids’ attention, taste their food.
The good news is that they’ll have more than enough information to make the right choice.
“People tend to forget that it’s not about the taste of the food, but the amount of calories in it,” says Amy E. Mancuso, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Minnesota.
“When it comes down to nutrition, what’s important is that the food has a low glycemic index.”
Know which foods are healthy.
The healthiest foods to feed your kids include whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and dairy products.
“It’s also important to know what type of food they’re eating and how many calories it contains,” says Mancoso.
For example, if a kid is getting his or her first cup of coffee, they might want to make sure they’re getting plenty of fiber in their diet.
“As long as you can provide enough calories to get the nutrients that your child needs, the kids will continue to grow,” says E.J. Luebbe, RD, a registered dietitian and author.
“Just be careful about how much you feed them.”