We all know that getting 5 portions of fruit and veg a day is important, but try telling the kids that! With 84% of parents concerned about their children’s diet, the daily battle to get young’uns to eat healthily is one shared by most British households. If your children are typical fussy eaters and it’s proving increasingly difficult getting them to eat healthily, we can help.
In this guide we have some awesome tricks to get your kids eating 5 A Day, and to inspire the whole family to enjoy a variety of fruits and veggies. We also have some handy lunchbox menus to help you pack healthy meals for your kids while they’re at school, and you can even print off your own customisable version!
How To Get Your Child To Eat Fruit & Veg
Check out our favourite tips, which are guaranteed to get your kids eating more of their 5 a day:
Eat The Rainbow
Often children turn their noses up at fruit and veg because they’re unsure of what to make of them. Make healthy foods more familiar by categorising them into colour groups, like the rainbow. You can even give these groups names, such as fire-engine red (for tomatoes, red peppers and strawberries) and Minion yellow (yellow peppers and bananas). Get your kids involved and let them choose names with you. This will help them to see healthy foods in a more positive light, which will make it easier for you when it comes to meal times.
There’s a good chance your kids will react better to a plate of cooked carrots and broccoli if you create a fun design. Try organising the foods on the plate to make a face or boat, or even a beach scene. You could even get your kids involved – on the basis that they must eat it all afterwards. There are loads of great ideas on Pinterest to offer inspiration.
Try Something Different
The beauty of fruit and vegetables is that they can be cooked and prepared in so many different ways. This can be great for encouraging your kids to eat more healthily, without even trying! If your kids refuse to eat broccoli, for example, all you need to do is chop it up into smallish pieces and add it to a pasta bake.
Reward Healthy Eating
Often the key to encouraging good behaviour (such as eating more fruit and veg) is to give your child lots of praise and attention. A great way to do this is using a Reward Chart, such as the one we have designed especially for parents trying to get their kids to eat more of their 5 a day. This printable chart is easy to use and lets your kids colour in the stars as they earn them. Print off your reward chart today!
Get in the Habit
Routine is important when it comes to getting your 5 a day, and the same applies to kids. Once you get in the habit of serving fruit and veg at every meal, your kids will begin to accept this as the norm and won’t protest as much. It can help to plan your weekly meals and kids lunchbox ideas in advance, so you can get the right ingredients in on your weekly shop.
Check out our blog for more creative ways to get your kids eating more fruit and veg.
Lunchbox Ideas For Kids to Encourage Healthy Eating
We’ve put together a list of great lunchbox ideas for kids to help give them a handy 5 a day boost while they’re at school. We recommend printing it out and sticking it to your fridge so you have a daily reminder of all the yummy goodness that you can pack in your childrens’ lunchbox.
If you’d like to create your own lunchbox plan, why not use our specially designed Lunchbox Ideas Table which you and your kids can fill in together.