"I want my kids to eat good food, too," patients sometimes tell me. "Do you have any tips for helping me trick them into eating healthy foods?"
I can understand how change can become nerve-wracking for parents and kids. Just like you might feel nervous starting a new way of eating, your kids might feel nervous about missing their daily favorites.
The key here is creating new favorites together. Build healthy habits for your kids at an early age to create a path toward optimal, vibrant health. That might be tough with picky eaters, but think about the alternative. You don't want your child to suffer lifelong obesity and poor health.
After all, four out of 10 kids are now overweight, and tragically, one in three children born today will have diabetes in their lifetime. One in four teenagers has pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
Our kids today spend far more time eating processed foods in front of iPads than preparing wholesome meals and eating, as well as engaging, with their families. We've raised a generation of kids who no longer want to learn to cook. To save our planet and save our children, we must stop this cycle. We have to help our kids to fall in love with cooking.
While changing your family's way of eating might seem easier said than done, these five strategies can introduce your kids to good-for-them foods that also taste good: