Most parents are well aware of how much their kids can eat. Providing food for one’s family is one of the most readily apparent signs of a good parent. However, it’s becoming more and more clear that it’s just as important to teach them what and how to eat. Thankfully there’s a few easy food hacks that can help kids appreciate even the healthiest foods.
The Food Network looked at some of the healthiest foods around and figured out some ways to entice kids to actually give them a try. And it turns out that sometimes kids actually had the right idea from the start.
Take popcorn as the perfect example. On the surface of things it might seem like junk food. But that’s more about what people put on popcorn than the food itself. Popcorn is actually a high fiber and low calorie grain which is a perfect snack food.
However, there are instances where one needs to be a bit tricky with healthy ingredients. Popsicles and cookies aren’t exactly health food when one simply buys them from the store. But most of what’s unhealthy about them is simply due to choices for ingredients. Ice pops don’t have to be little more than frozen sugar water. One can use healthy orange juice to create the perfect treat for a hot summer day. Or rolled oats can be used to fill up cookies and make them more healthy.
Even the ultimate unhealthy meal, pizza, isn’t inherently bad. As the Food Network points out, pizza is basically just a sandwich without the extra layer of bread on top. Going light on the cheese while concentrating on healthy toppings can make pizza that’s quite healthy.
All of the suggestions have one very important thing in common. And it’s what makes it a real food hack. They all use fun foods as a framing device to help train kids to enjoy healthy tastes. The tastes of an adult are formed by his or her childhood. When healthy items like broccoli or fruit are associated with happy memories than those eating habits will create the foundation for a healthy life.