The best way to teach a child to eat healthy is to start when they are young. There are multiple tips to help a parent encourage their child eat healthy and make good food choices.
Introduce an Array of Foods Early:
The early introduction of an array of healthy foods helps children learn to eat properly. Many children will prefer certain foods over others. The introduction of many different kinds of foods offers a child nutritious options.
Do Not Make Meal Time A Battleground:
Do not force a child to eat something that they dislike. Offer children a well balanced meal. Tell the child they have to try everything and if they do not like a certain food they do not have to eat it. Forcing a child to eat something they hate has the potential to cause lifelong eating issues.
Have Fun With Food:
Make fun shapes with fruits and vegetables. Food that is colorful and looks fun will prompt eating. Adding a healthy dip when serving raw vegetables will offer any picky eater a nutritious choice. Have a child help with the preparation of the meal. This encourages good food choices and the child will desire to eat the meal they had a hand in creating.