All kids love sweet treats and junk food, but as a role model in their life, it’s your job to teach them the importance of healthy eating. The chances are that their parents want them to be as healthy as possible, so as their grandparent, it’s your job to lend a hand. Grandmas are known for treating their grandchildren to their favourite sweets and cakes. But as a grandparent, it’s also important to teach your grandkids about being healthy.
Of course, getting children to eat their greens is no easy task. However, with a little creativity, it's possible to help your grandchildren become healthier.
Bake healthy treats
If you love to bake with your grandchildren that’s all well and good, but you don’t want to be giving them snacks filled with sugar on a daily basis. So get creative and start baking healthier treats. Believe it or not, almost all sweet treats can be made healthy. It’s just a case of changing some of the ingredients. There are plenty of recipes online for healthy cakes and bakes, such as brownies and flapjacks.
Teach your grandchildren to cook
As well as teaching your grandchildren to bake, take the time to teach them to cook healthy, wholesome food. If a child has cooked something themselves, they’re twice as likely to want to eat it, even if it is healthy. So spend time cooking healthy meals with your grandchildren, and you can encourage them to be healthier. You don’t have to make all the meals from scratch; you could use a meal delivery service to make cooking easier. These services send you everything that you need to cook a healthy, delicious meal. So all you need to do is pop it in the oven or pan and cook it. This makes cooking with the grandchildren much easier.
Grow fruit and vegetables together
One of the best ways to get little ones to eat fruits and vegetables that they’re not keen on is to grow them together. The thing is, if a child grows a fruit or vegetable themselves, they’re more likely to want to try it. So, if you have the space in your garden, create a vegetable patch and plant a few fruit bushes and trees. This will not only make your grandchildren more likely to try new foods but will also teach them about where fruits and vegetables come from.
Make healthy foods fun
Remember, it’s important that healthy foods are fun. It can be hard to make all healthy foods fun, but there are ways to do so. For finding ideas, Pinterest is an amazing resource, as are parenting forums. The key to success is serving fruits and vegetables in different ways, rather than just chopped up on a plate. Instead of giving your grandchild a raw apple as a snack, coat the slices in peanut butter. Or, instead of giving them raw pepper and carrot batons to snack on, roast them and serve them with hummus and pita bread. The more fun you can make healthy foods, the better.
Encouraging your grandchildren to be healthier doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s just a case of knowing how to go about it; that’s all.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.