Getting your kids to eat like little health nuts? Sure, easy. Said no one ever. When you’re trying to overhaul your kitchen and your lifestyle to a healthier one, you want your kids on board. But kids are kids, and you need real life, practical tips for kids that will get them as excited about eating well as you are. We feel pretty dang lucky when it comes to the partnerships and friends we meet along this health and nutrition journey! We couldn’t feel more grateful to get to know Catherine McCord and her team at Weelicious. Today we are asking her three questions about her practical tips for kids and healthy eating
We know getting your children to eat healthy is a top priority for you. Is this something you were always passionate about or did something or someone spark this passion for you?
My husband, Jon, and I have always been healthy eaters. We started buying most of our food at our local farmers market years before our kids were born, so it was a natural progression once the kids started eating solids.
Looking at all your videos and site, it seems like your family is always making healthy eating fun. Do you have 3 practical tips for getting the kids involved, or making meals more fun?
- Let kids add one thing to every recipe even if it’s just sprinkling cinnamon of oatmeal in the morning.
- Start a garden even if it’s one tiny basil plant. Let your child nurture and watch it grow and then make a recipe with it.
- Play fun games, even with your kids. We play the machine game taking turns to get each other to guess different machines for example. You want to take the pressure and focus off of the food on occasion and just have fun. I’ve watched my kids eat things that might normally become an issue based on them being engaged talking, playing the game and eating what they’re bodies are craving most.
If you had to pick a handful of items that you prep in advance to make your weeks easier, what would they be?
Every Sunday I make a big batch of roasted veggies (butternut squash, onions and carrots are favorites), grilled chicken breasts, brown rice and often sautéed greens. It’s easy to mix and match the items and have nutritious cooked food on hand to make better choices.
Thanks Catherine and Weelicious!