With summer can sometimes come boredom as well for kids. Whether they are still little and making huge messes everywhere they go, and you just want something that will entertain them for 5 or 10 minutes so you can get something done during the day. Or, you have school age children who are used to being busy most of the day; it can sometimes be a challenge to find things for them to do. And, that is where these easy summer crafts for kids come in!
Whether it’s too hot to go outside, or maybe raining, and you need some activities for your kids to do inside; make sure you check out the simple crafts below.
Most of the crafts should be able to be done by school age kids without much help. Little ones, such as toddlers and preschoolers, may need a bit of assistance. But, it’s time where they are learning how to do things by themselves, sitting down at a table (or floor), and not making the rest of your home look like a tornado went through it.
So, go ahead and check out the crafts below and don’t forget to head to the dollar store (or Amazon) to grab your craft supplies!
Don’t forget to grab this list of Outdoor Activities for Kids this summer, as well!
(The activities link to the posts explaining them, and you can check off the activities without printing it out!!)
There are plenty more craft ideas out there, though. So, make sure you subscribe to be the first to know when more posts featuring easy and fun summer crafts for kids come out! (Such as beach and bug themed crafts!!)
Paper crafts are great for little ones, and you!
There’s a good chance you already have the materials you would need for these crafts, or buying them won’t hurt your wallet.
Some materials you might need for these paper crafts would be:
Almost all kids love bubbles! So, the crafts below are sure to be a win for both you and them. I’d recommend doing all three crafts, they go together quite nicely! The first one you make the wand to blow bubbles, the last one is an actual bubble recipe, and the middle one is kind of messy and may need to be taken outside if it’s nice out.
These jewelry crafts may be more suited for girls than boys, but who knows!
A few things you may want to have around for these crafts may surprise you, like popsicle sticks! Apparently you can make bracelets out of them, be sure to find out how! Other crafts are just plain cute or ones you may remember from when you were a kid, like friendship bracelets!
Most of the crafts on this page can be done indoors, say on a rainy days when your kids are complaining they are bored. But, the ones below are meant to be used outdoors when the whether is nice. You can still do the prep work indoors, just not the rest.
I’ve barely touched the surface of all of the fun and easy crafts out there on the internet for summer!
But, with the 42 ideas above, that’s at least a month and a half of fun summer crafts. Combine those with the 34 outdoor summer activities in this post; and you’ll have something for your kids to do almost everyday in the summer, without even leaving home!
Which easy summer crafts for kids will you and your kids do first? I’d love to know, leave a comment below!
Don’t forget to grab this list of Outdoor Activities for Kids this summer, as well!
Summer can be a lot of fun for kids and possibly even a time to connect with them, but it can also produce the dreaded statement of ‘I’m BORED’ from kids, as well. Below are 34 fun outdoor summer activities for kids, to help with the ‘I’m BORED’ issue.
All of the activities will involve them getting off the couch and going outside, too! (Make sure they wear sunscreen!) And, in most cases, the activities can be done in your own backyard; either for free or very cheap.
From activities that will challenge their athletic abilities to challenging their minds and teaching them new things, to water play and more! There are activities below for every type of child and for practically every age. So, have fun and imagine what the summer, or day, would be like if you encourage your child with something from the list below!
This adorable game will also help kids with their problem solving abilities; keep your childs brain working this summer and go check out this STEM game! (Warning: you may need to be a tiny bit nerdy to appreciate this game for all that it is. I think it’s a great activity for kids!)
Outdoor Activity Ideas that Require a tiny bit of Arts and Crafts!
If you, or your kids, have even the teeniest amount of crafty abilities, like cutting and taping/gluing; then be sure to check out the fun games and activities below! I know a few of them would go over quite well with my girls (ages 3 and 6), such as the bean bag toss and balloon tennis!
This game is pretty simple to put together, just some assembly for the ‘plates’ you see on the grass, because paper plates would just fly away and that wouldn’t be much fun. And, don’t worry, no sewing involved!
This activity can bring years of fun, but first you have to get it set up. I’m not much of a construction person, so I’d probably end up having my husband set this up. But, you could always turn it into a family project and then enjoy it afterwards!
How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables: 12 Different Ways!
We all know that veggies are good for us and our children. It’s one of the first foods we give our children as babies, in baby food, along with fruits and baby cereal. But, once they become toddlers it can be difficult to get them to eat veggies, and parents will often ask How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables now?
Which veggies for kids do we try to even start with now?
**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.
It was so simple back then when they were babies, right?
And, for some reason we forget how easy it was to get veggies into their diets; especially when our kids start being more independent and trying to choose what they eat all by themselves!
But, there are a few options to choose from when trying to help, or guide, your kids’ eating habits to those veggies you know are good for them!
Options for “How do you get kids to eat veggies?”
You could explain to them how important veggies are for them to grow healthy and strong.
Or, if they’re still young, you could just sneak the veggies into their food and avoid the ‘I don’t want to eat it’ fight, all together!
Then, explain to them, when they’re older that they actually do like the veggies!
Don’t forget to show them how you hid their veggies in their food, so they know how to do it themselves. But, you may want to wait to tell them this until they understand the importance of eating veggies, and will eat them willingly. Such as, what vitamins and minerals they contain and what would happen to them if they didn’t get a certain nutrient.
(And, you might want to expect for them to be a little irritated by your tactics, but don’t worry; they’ll thank you when they’re older and living on their own…hopefully!)
If you would rather have the fight with them every day, several times a day, about eating their veggies; go right ahead! It’s up to you!
I tend to do half and half with my two little girls. Half the time I hide my girls veggies, half the time they’re right there in the open on their plates. Can you guess which ones they eat first!?
Other Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables WITHOUT Hiding Them
If you’re dead set against hiding veggies in your childs food, you could try:
turning their veggie options into a rainbow (and challenge them to eat the rainbow everyday)
season their veggies, some kids don’t like them plain
experiment with roasted, raw, steamed veggies, or you could even turn the veggies into a sauce
have your kids help you in the kitchen
have them try ‘just one bite’
make veggies fun
add veggies as a side to a favorite meal
let them know that their favorite character loves veggies and trying new things
reverse psychology (tell them ‘not’ to eat it- learn more about this method here)
I am sure there are many more ideas for what you can do to get your child to eat veggies, but let’s get on to how to add veggies to food to actually help get veggies into your childs diet; whether or not they think they will like them!
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12 Different Ways to Get Veggies into Your Childs Diet
The best way to ensure your child is getting enough veggies is by adding them to food your child already loves. These foods may show that that the veggies are in them, and some may hide the veggies!
1. Start with Smoothies!
I love smoothies! I got a nutribullet almost 4 and a half years ago and have used it practically everyday since!
My girls also love to have what I’m having!
Even if they have the same exact food in front of them; they want my food.
So, instead of getting upset that I can never eat my own food, or drink my own drinks; I double the food, or in this case drink, and just share it with them!
Win-win; I get to actually have some of my smoothie, and I get tons of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats and proteins, into my girls!
You can put so many amazing things in smoothies, and adding in certain veggies won’t really alter the taste too much.
My girls will drink my all time favorite smoothie without a second thought! And, I put in at least half a cup of squished down spinach in it!
They love it!
If you want to really hide the veggies, using a green leafy veggie may not be your best choice. They tend to turn the whole smoothie green.
I’d recommend adding in softened beets, or another softened veggie that has the same color as the fruits in it. Unless of course, if it’s St Patrick’s Day, then go right ahead and keep it green and tell them a leprechaun did it!!
Find out why else you need a nutribullet and what other things you can do with it, in my posts below!!
If your kids love popsicles, whether in the summertime like most people do, or in the winter time like my girls do; you can certainly make your own and add in veggies!
It’s much better for them this way, even without the veggies! It’s always best to have complete control over what ingredients go into your kids food!
In fact, I usually make popsicles from the smoothie recipe above! It’s as simple as making a smoothie, adding it to a popsicle mold, and then leaving it in the freezer over night.
You could be as creative, or as lazy, with this as you want. If you’re kids don’t get offended with you adding veggies into these, they could even help make them!
Whether you want a sweet or savory breakfast, you can do so by adding in veggies!
You’re kids may not even notice a difference! (Depending on which veggies you add in.)
The pancake recipes I usually make for my kids, I thought were pretty healthy; until I came across the recipe below!
See, I usually add fruit to my girls pancakes; like bananas, and apples or blueberries. But, the thing is, I can get my girls to eat fruit plain, and anytime during the day. They love fruit, and if I ask them what they want for snacks; 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be a piece of fruit!
So, adding in a veggie, like sweet potatoes, instead of bananas is just brilliant! It’s still going to be sweet, but add in different nutrients.
In the recipe below, the sweet potato takes the place of eggs in the pancakes, which in my eyes makes them way healthier. It takes the cholesterol and saturated fat right out of them; and adds in healthy carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Yay!
Like pancakes, you can also make waffles with different veggie ingredients.
Take the recipe below for example. Those waffles won’t only give you more energy through out the morning from the extra nutrients from the pumpkin, it also just looks pretty!
Of course, what the waffles look like will depend on your waffle maker. Mine will have a spiderman spider imprint on it…always. Get it here to have some superhero fun at breakfast with your kids; they may even enjoy what you make with it more, simply because of the way it looks!
Both my girls are big fans of muffins, as am I! Hmmm….I wonder where they get that from….
But, in all seriousness, I make a couple dozen of muffins a month and keep them in my freezer for snacks or quick breakfasts. Or, early breakfasts, when we’re starving and wake up too early to think about what we want, or I just don’t feel like making anything.
And, I have a few go to muffin recipes. The two recipes below are always made every couple of months, along with my blueberry muffin recipe and/or a chocolate chip muffin recipe. We have to have some sort of balance; one muffin focused on fruits or veggies, and then one that is super sweet and healthy!
And, we absolutely love thisSweet potato muffins recipe. By the way, the recipes on this site are amazing, whenever I search for some healthy and vegan dessert, his recipes always come up; I try them, and I’m always super impressed by the outcome! I don’t know why I get so surprised by this anymore, I’ve been coming across his recipes for almost 2 years now!!
Kids love bread, or at least my kids love bread, especially when it’s banana bread, pumpkin, or even zucchini bread.
And, what’s not to love! It’s moist, delicious, and you don’t even taste the zucchini; perfect for feeding our picky eaters who claim to ‘hate’ veggies, or think they’re ‘disgusting’!
You could even make chocolate zucchini bread using the muffin recipe above! You may need to add some extra time for it to fully bake, though. The time, in general, just needs to be doubled. It’s usually about 20 minutes for muffins and 40 minutes for ‘quick’ bread, at the same temperature. Just check it with a fork or toothpick to make sure it’s done!
Just like breads, you can include veggies in cakes, too!
Ever heard of carrot cake?
Just cut the sugar in half if you can, and maybe make some other substitutions to make it a bit healthier. As parents, we don’t need our kids to have any more sugar than absolutely necessary for the cake to taste good.
When searching through recipes, I tend to find that I can easily cut the sugar in half, or even replace it with maple syrup to make it even healthier, and less harmful for our kids.
You could even take a bread recipe, cook it in a cake pan instead and add some frosting or icing to it. Do this with carrot cake, or a zucchini bread/muffin recipe. What kid is going to turn down cake?!
It’s kind of amazing how many different types of food we can make with the same recipe, simply by changing the shape and baking time!
8. Cookies (yes, I said cookies!!)
Cookies for breakfast!! And, no I’m not talking about Cookie Crisp; that cereal is horrible for you!
I’m talking healthy, nutrient filled, cookies for breakfast.
The kind that has some fiber, vitamins, and minerals to them.
The kind that you’re kids will ask you for in the morning, simply because they want to get away with eating cookies for breakfast!
Cookies that even you will approve for them to eat first thing when they wake up! Go ahead, and try out the ones below!
Either way, I find it hard that a child wouldn’t eat this; unless they’re just entirely against any type of cold treat, or despise bananas!
For the chocolate version; simply cut up a few bananas and freeze them for a few hours, or overnight. When they’re frozen, blend them with some soy milk (or milk of your choice), add in some peanut butter (or almond butter), some cocoa, spinach, and a drop or two of vanilla (optional) and blend!
If they like it extremely soft serve; use a nutribullet. If they like it thick; use a food processor. Or, you could always use a regular blender, but I honestly don’t even own a regular blender. So, I’m not sure on how it’ll turn out.
10. Home Made Vegan MAC
There seems to be a lot of ideas on this list about getting veggies into our kids through their snacks and sweet breakfasts, so I’m going to try to add in some actual meals for lunches or dinners!
So, for a lunch or a dinner, you could really hide veggies into this mac and cheese recipe. It’s just like macaroni and cheese, but a super food powered version (and without the cheese)! It’s from Vegan Insanity, and my girls actually beg me for this, and they’re 2 and 5 years old. If I use the small shell pasta to make this, my older daughter calls it the mac and cheese from Panera.
One food that your kids may actually eat without even having to sneak in the veggie, are fries.
If your kids are used to eating out, or love the occasional fast food trip; then they probably love french fries.
And, sure, french fries when from fast food chains or restaurants, aren’t all that great for you. But, what if you made them. At home. In your oven. With real ingredients! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, time consuming, or difficult!
I make fries at home all the time for my girls, myself, and my husband, and no one complains that they’re eating veggies! Use white potatoes, or red, purple, or even sweet potatoes; it doesn’t matter! Or, if you want to try something really different, make them with eggplants or zucchini!
Pizza is a little different than other foods you can hide veggies in; the veggies tend to be a bit more noticeable on the top of pizza. Unless you eat cheese, like the majority of people in this country do; then you can go ahead and hide the veggies underneath the cheese. But, they’ll probably show through anyways.
Or, go ahead and make eggplant or zucchini mini pizzas! My two year old is a huge fan of these; they’re a little more her size!
Note on Hiding Vegetables in a Childs’ Food
I know there is controversy on whether or not you should hide veggies for kids. There’s certainly pros and cons to doing it.
kids get the vitamins and minerals they need and maintain optimal health
if they don’t know they’re eating veggies, they can’t get mad at you for feeding them veggies
they could get mad at you when they find out they are eating veggies
they don’t learn to love veggies on their own
All in all, it’s really up to you, what you choose to do for your kids; you can certainly use the recipes above whether you want to hide veggies in your kids meals or not. It’s going to depend a lot on you and your child and how they’re prepared.
I would highly recommend to not hide food if your child is a pre-teen or teenager.
They’re old enough to understand the importance, as long as you teach them about it!
Don’t just rely on your childs school to teach them about nutrition; good chance you’ll be disappointed in how little is actually taught. Plus, the older they get, the more independent they will want to be; they should get a choice for what goes into their body. But, you, as the parent, need to teach them how it will affect their minds and bodies; they won’t know unless they are taught!
If your child is little still, like 5 and under, and they ‘don’t like’ veggies because someone else said they don’t like veggies, then hiding them in other foods, at first, may be beneficial. Then, just make sure to explain to them how yummy those veggies actually are, and that they already eat them, they just don’t notice.
Make sure you eat veggies in front of them, as well. Otherwise they won’t want them if you’re not eating them; be a good example for your kids with your eating habits!
My 5 year old has been at a stage lately where she thinks about 50% of the food I give her is disgusting, so believe me, I get it! It’s hard to get kids to eat what we want them to. Whether it’s making sure they get enough veggies, or protein; it can sometimes be a real struggle.
So, take the food ideas from above and use them to your advantage; either in the way I suggested, or in your own way!
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8 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Road Trip with Kids
I’m not going to tell you that eating healthy on a road trip is easy.
You have to plan and prepare for it, just like you do for any other part of your trip.
But, the benefits of eating healthy on a road trip will far outweigh the negatives of relying on fast food or eating at any restaurant you happen to pass by on the road.
Some of the benefits are:
not starving on the road and keeping your eyes peeled for the next place to eat
energy to stay awake and drive, or keep the driver company
not feeling horrible or having an upset stomach from not eating well
no hangry passengers
less cranky kids, because they are eating like normal and aren’t having any extra sugar or processed foods
being able to save your money for ‘fun things’, not just food
not feeling bloated from eating out
and I’m sure there are more!
Check out the tips below to help you reap some of the benefits above!
Cut up fresh fruit and veggies
This is the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about going on a road trip and trying to eat healthy, especially if it’s summer time!
There are so many delicious fruits in season in the summer time. And, bringing cut up fruits and veggies for everyone to munch on in the car, or at rest stops, sure beats processed snack foods!
Plus, they’ll help keep everyone hydrated on the trip, which is super important, and many people may not even think about staying hydrated on a car trip.
So, do yourself and family a favor and fill some containers with cut up fruits and veggies, store them in a cooler, and eat those instead of chips or crackers in the car!
Some easy suggestions:
any kind of melon
Whether you’re trying to eat healthy, or not, you can’t go wrong with bringing fruit and veggies!
Pack sandwiches, or picnic like meals, for when you stop
If you’re able to, pack sandwiches, sandwich ingredients, or other food that is easy to make or eat at rest stops.
Pretend it’s a picnic and pack like that!
This way you have control over what food you and your family eats. And, you can bring any special foods that any of your family members need, say for example, if they have allergies or an intolerance to certain foods; you can account for that and pack accordingly.
Bake healthy treats, prepare your own trail mix, and prepare other healthy food, at home to bring with you
Just because you want to eat healthy on your road trip, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to snack!
Bake some healthy treats with whole ingredients before you leave and package them up so they’ll stay good the whole trip, or at least the first couple of days.
This could be healthy muffins, brownies with a hidden protein source, home made granola, fruit, or cereal bars, or more!
Make your own trail mix to bring, or other healthy food that will stay good in the car. Make sure to bring little bags or containers if you don’t portion everything out at home.
There’s really a ton of options, just choose something that you know your family will love. Something they’ll love so much that they won’t even want to eat out!
Avoid eating at fast food restaurants, or other restaurants, by stopping at a grocery store, instead
Even if you plan ahead and bring healthy food with you on a road trip there’s the chance that you may run out of food, depending on how long your trip is.
Unfortunately, some food will only last so long in the car; you can’t expect fresh fruit to last more than a day or so.
So, instead of stopping at the next fast food place, or restaurant, you see when you get hungry; find a grocery store instead.
Even if it’s a grocery store you don’t like, it’s sure to have healthier options, and cheaper prices, than eating out.
You won’t be able to make all the food you did before leaving home. So, you’ll have to look for more convenient options, such as pre cut fruits and veggies, and more ingredients for picnic like meals.
But, you’ll feel so much better doing this and after eating your healthy food, than you would if you went out to eat. Not to mention the amount of money you’ll save, and the headache you won’t get from the kids complaining of belly aches!
You need to stay hydrated when on the road. Well, at all times really, but a lot of people forget to stay hydrated while driving.
Luckily, the best thing to keep you hydrated is also the cheapest and least messy; it’s water.
So, go ahead and grab a large pack of bottle water to bring on the trip!
Or, if you’re really trying to save money and reduce waste; bring your own water bottle and buy gallons of water to refill your water bottle when you stop.
You could always do a combination of both, too. Fill your water bottle when you stop, but if you run out of water before you stop, use the bottled water.
Whatever works for you and your family
Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time
Like mentioned at the beginning, you need to plan the food you eat on the road just as you’re planning all other aspects of your trip, maybe even more so.
Unfortunately, meal planning for a road trip is a bit different than meal planning for a regular week at home.
You have to account for:
not having a freezer with you
the heat in the car if traveling in the summer
the size of your cooler
the amount of space you have available for food
how long things will last, which will determine the order you need to eat the food in
You also need to know whether or not everyone will get to eat inside the car, or if you’ll have to stop every time you need to eat.
I know if we ever take a long road trip in my husbands car, he’d want us to stop to eat so the kids don’t make a mess in his car with food. However, I also know that would change through out the trip as we try to make good timing and our sanity can only take so much when it comes to kids whining in the backseat that they’re hungry.
So, whether you decide to let everyone eat in the car right off the bat, or are ‘dead set’ on no one eating in the car; be sure to plan some food that doesn’t make a mess, or at least much of a mess!
Eat at the same times you usually do, unless the kids are asleep
I don’t know how your road trips are, but when we go on road trips, we’re usually up quite early and stay up quite late trying to make good timing on where we’re going.
This may require a little extra food for energy for us adults, but for kids; they should be able to eat at the regular times they eat at, for meals and snacks.
So, if possible, plan stops around the time they usually eat meals, unless of course if they are sleeping!
And, as a friendly reminder, make sure everyone uses the restroom and has a chance to stretch or run around when you stop.
Stop at rest stops for meals, so you’re not tempted to get fast food
One more tip to help you and your family eat healthy on a road trip is limit the temptation of eating fast food.
You can do this by looking for rest stops to eat at and use the restrooms at, instead of in towns. That way, when you pass cities or towns, you won’t be searching for signs for places to eat, just to get gas if you need it.
It is Possible to Eat Healthy on Road Trips with Kids
You may need to plan and prepare a bit more than you’re used to. But, it’ll all be worth it when everyone still has their energy and still feeling good once you get to where you’re going!
Just play it smart, stop at rest stops for picnic like meals, and only stop in towns or cities for fuel and to grab some groceries.
That is how to eat healthy on a road trip with kids! Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below if you do!
We all know that peer pressure can make kids, and some adults, do some pretty dumb things! But, did you know that it can change what people eat, as well? Sometimes without even realizing that there are social influences on food choices.
And, without sounding like a sociology professor, what we eat is largely determined by who we eat with, or what others around us are eating.
Just think about commercials for food; usually someone in the commercial is eating, which is going to make you hungry and eat what they are eating.
As humans, the social animals that we are, we are constantly trying to fit in and stay within the norms of society, and that includes what we eat.
Unfortunately, our society, as a whole, eats quite poorly. More so than other countries in this world, too.
With the convenience of fast food, all the advertisements for processed food products, and then the social pressure to eat like everyone else. It’s hard not for people to eat the way they do.
Honestly, I’m proud of you. I’m proud of your for reading this, for taking an interest in healthy eating, and I’m proud of you for wanting to help raise a healthier generation. Because goodness gracious, boy do we need it. We need to do something to turn our countries eating habits around, and it’ll start with our kids being raised to tell the difference between food that is good for them and food that isn’t!
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So, now that you know just how important it is to help our children, and ourselves; stay strong and continue eating healthy despite peer pressure. Le’ts dig into how we can actually do this!
Start Young; Make Healthy Eating the Norm
If we raise our kids with healthy food in our home, and on our tables, from the day they start eating solid food; they’ll think that’s completely normal. So, by the time they go to school, they’ll think their friends are the odd ones when they eat unhealthy food.
If your children are still really little, this is the best route you can take for preparing your kids to eat healthy in the face of peer pressure.
My oldest is in kindergarten this year, and she’s so proud of the way she eats and that she eats healthy. She’ll even come home telling me what the other kids eat and how it’s not healthy, or gross.
…Alright, maybe she’s watched a few too many health documentaries with me and knows a little too much of the process animal products go through to become available to the general public.
But, she’s also the one asking me to make her avocado and tomato sandwiches for lunch next week, and split pea sweet potato stew for dinner. So, there’s that!
Make healthy eating a priority in your life
You don’t have to obsess over healthy eating and get mad at anyone in your family who eats something ‘unhealthy’ once in awhile. But, making healthy eating a priority in your life will show your kids just how important it is.
And, don’t just make eating healthy a priority, but learning how to eat healthy, too!
Watch documentaries about health, get a couple of books, and cookbooks. These can be resources for your whole family, especially if you have older children. If they start getting curious about why healthy eating is so important, but don’t want to listen to you; point them in the direction of the resources so they can understand better and learn.
If they learn why it’s so important, either by you making it a priority, or by learning more about healthy eating; it’ll make it easier for them to eat healthy, even when their friends aren’t!
Make a mental note of how you feel when you eat healthy vs. when you eat unhealthy
If you start to connect with your body and learn how you feel when you eat healthy versus when you don’t eat healthy; it’ll make it a lot easier to eat healthier under peer pressure.
So, make sure your kids do this, as well.
You could either make a mental note of it, or get a journal and start actually recording what you eat and how you feel; you may just be amazed!
And, you don’t have to wait til your kids are old enough to write to help them connect what they eat to how they feel. If they complain of a belly ache after eating something unhealthy; ask them what they just ate and ask them if that may be the reason they don’t feel good.
Kids are smart, sometimes they just need a little help connecting the dots. But, when they start to learn how horrible they feel after making poor food choices, they may just stop making them.
They can be stronger than peer pressure when it comes to food choices; sometimes it may just take them learning of the consequences of unhealthy eating first.
Ignore what other’s are eating, and focus on eating right for you
Ignoring what other’s are eating and focusing on what’s right for you is much easier said than done!
Believe me, I know first hand how hard this can be. My husband does not eat the healthiest of foods, and it is so tempting to eat the same way he does. But, I know I can’t. Or, shouldn’t. Because one glance at the ingredient list on the food he eats, and I’ll see things on it that are horrible for your body; like partially hydrogenated trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, msg, etc.
So, I have to simply ignore what he eats, knowing it’s not good for either of us, and just eat my fruit, trail mix, and healthy home made baked goods (which taste way better than his food anyways).
Understanding how your body feels after eating junk will help you ignore what others eat and eat right for you. So, start there and then move on to this tip, and help your children do the same.
Encourage your kids to teach their friends about healthy eating
If you teach your kids about healthy eating, or have them learn about it on their own, then they may be so inspired by the benefits that they’ll want to teach their friends about healthy eating, too.
If you happen to teach your kids and encourage them to teach their friends about it, then it may even go further, at least with young kids. I don’t quite seeing this work with many teenagers.
But, you never know! If you have a child who likes to be the smart one in the group; then encouraging them to teach their friends about healthy eating might not just help your child make healthy food choices under peer pressure. It may help their friends eat better, too!
Stay positive and be informative when others ask you questions about why you’re eating so healthy.
Staying positive and informative when others are questioning your eating habits can be difficult, especially if the other people are being rude about it.
Other’s may wonder why you’re eating a salad, or drinking a green smoothie, if you already look super healthy. They may wonder why you’re on a diet, when you’re simply eating for your health.
Just know, this is more about them and their eating habits, than it is about yours. Our society has been brainwashed into thinking that people only eat healthy to lose weight, most people don’t think of it as a way of life. And, really, it’s their loss to not eat healthy all the time.
Let them know why you’re eating healthy, why it’s important, and why you’re not going to eat fast food like most people do. But, make sure you say it in a way that won’t offend anyone; simply be informative and stay positive that the way you’re eating is the best for your body.
Make sure to teach your kids to be the same way!
Help your child develop a strong sense of self-esteem so they feel confident in eating healthy even if being teased
One of the most important things you, or your child, can do to overcome the temptation of bad food choices under peer pressure, is to develop a strong self-esteem. Developing strong self-esteem will help you, and your kids, feel more confident that eating healthy, instead of eating like everyone else, is the best choice!
Sometimes others can be rude about the way you eat, other kids might tease your child. But, helping your child build a strong self-esteem and confidence in what they eat, will go a long way with your child making good food choices. Even when your not there to help them decide!
And, let your child know that some kids may tease them or not understand why they are eating what they are. Other children may not know about nutrition or understand that what they eat affects how they feel. Let them know that other kids may not understand that eating healthy is important and will help people avoid chronic illness and help you live longer.
It is Possible to make Good Food Choices in the Face of Peer Pressure
It may not be the easiest thing in the world to do; but you can still eat healthy when everyone else around you is eating poorly.
Believe that what you eat is the best for your body, and be sure to let others know why you eat the way you do when they ask about it. Even if they ask about it in a rude or teasing manner. Know that what you eat is promoting health, and that eating like others may promote disease or chronic illnesses in the future.
Really, knowing the connection between what you eat and how you feel can be very helpful in ignoring peer pressure when it comes to making food choices, for yourself and your kids. So, make sure you are making that connection, even if you need to write it down. Help your kids do the same!
You and your kids are stronger than the social influences on food choices; you, and your kids, make the best choice for you, you know better now, than to crush under peer pressure and make poor food choices!
You know that the food you’re giving your child is good for them and will help them grow, maybe even avoid nutritional deficiencies down the road.
And, maybe you’re starting to give up and starting to give them the more appealing veggies, like sweet potatoes with maple syrup, and they still won’t eat it. It doesn’t seem to matter anymore how much you try to get them to eat what you want; they just won’t eat it!
What do you do when your toddler won’t eat vegetables?
Whatever the reason, there are quite a few (texture, taste, wanting to be independent); there seems to always be one way that always seems to work to get kids to eat, or at least try the food on their plate.
It’s reverse psychology.
And, although I don’t recommend to use this technique often, because it doesn’t actually help with getting your child to listen to you; it’s still a valuable parenting tool when trying to get kids to try new foods, or simply eat something. You may have even used it to get your kids to do something else.
So, PROCEED with CAUTION and use this technique sparingly!!