One of the goals highlighted during the Tipco fruit juice relaunch held at the Stock Market Cafe was to become the nutritional partner of the Filipino mom, especially when it comes to getting their kids to eat healthy. Getting kids to eat healthy foods is perhaps the biggest challenge of any parent, no matter how much they try to convince them that it’s good for them. Yet, there are some parents, like celebrity mom Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, who have been successful in getting their kids not just to eat healthy, but enjoy it. During the relaunch event, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan shared to us her secrets how to get kids to eat healthy.
Give kids small portions.
Unlike grown ups, kids have smaller tummies. That means that it’s normal for them to take in lesser amounts of food. It’s much better to give them smaller portions and let them ask for seconds than to overwhelm them with a towering plate of food at once.
Make the food presentable.
Whenever we dine in a restaurant, they make sure that they plate the food in such a way that it looks pretty and appetizing. The same thing should apply when it comes to trying to get your kids to eat healthy. Mrs. Pangilinan told us that, based on her experience, she found that taking a few minutes to make healthy food look pleasing and fun can do wonders to get her kids to eat healthy foods.
Taste matters for the kids.
It’s pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it? If you don’t enjoy eating food that taste blah, no matter how healthy it is, don’t expect your kids to be any different.
Don’t rush your kids when eating.
Mrs. Pangilinan explained that it is important to give your kids ample time to finish what they eat. Rushing kids to finish their food would cause them to try and do things to please you. This can leave them with an upset stomach and feel bad after. Allow them to enjoy the food they are eating. Let them savor the food and the taste.
Don’t use threats to get your kids to eat healthy.
When trying to get your kids to eat healthy, make it a pleasurable experience for them, and not some form of torture. Not only will they not learn to eat these healthy foods, but it will also stop them from teaching their own kids later on to eat healthy. Mrs. Pangilinan said she learned this first hand. In her talk, she admitted that although she is a vegetarian, she doesn’t eat a few things.one of them is ampalaya (bitter melon). Why? Because everytime she would be served that when she was a kid, her grandmother would have her slipper ready and waiting if she doesn’t finish all the ampalaya she was given.
Let them have fun.
As mentioned earlier, eating should be a fun experience for kids. This is not limited just to actually eating the food. Mrs. Pangilinan suggested to give your kids the chance to help out in the kitchen and even choose what to eat for the week. Getting your kids involved this way will actually help encourage them to taste the fruits of their labor.
Teach by example.
Kids always look up to their parents. Over time, they begin to mimic the things that you do. By showing them how much you enjoy eating healthy foods, this will eventually rub off on them and they will soon follow suite.
Now it’s your turn…
Do you enjoy eating healthy foods? What are some ways you’ve done to get your kids to eat healthy? Share these secrets in the comments below. I look forward to reading them.