Dream Dinners Franchise Reviews 6 Ways to Make Food Fun for Your Kids

May 5, 2015 In: Eating Habit Trends, Industry Trends Comments (None)

Dream Dinners Franchise Reviews 6 Ways to Make Food Fun for Your Kids

One the most difficult tasks parents have with their children is teaching them about food. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen early on can help shape their eating habits for the rest of their lives. Positive experiences with food  allows for better development of healthy eating habits in the future, helping your child become less susceptible to health-related problems in adulthood.

Exposure to meal preparation and cooking plays a large role in your children’s understanding of food. By bringing them into the kitchen your child is more likely to form stable habits around food and mealtime.

Dream Dinners understands that encouraging your child to make healthy food and smart food decisions in adolescence can often be a difficult and daunting task. Today Dream Dinners franchise reviews six tips for how you can help bring your kids into the kitchen and start crafting healthy eating habits.

  1. Make it a Family Affair

Gather your family for a meeting and discuss your dinner options. Let each child choose one meal he or she would like to eat. Each meal choice should contain a protein and a veggie, and don’t forget to remind them why each is important for their overall health.  Giving your child a say in what’s for dinner helps to eliminate mealtime complaints and creates a sense of ownership for each child.

  1. Modify Recipes

Modifying recipes to suit your family’s tastes is a great way to work around your child’s likes and dislikes. Lighten up on onions, garlic or spices; you may even consider adding more of an ingredient you know they’ll enjoy. If you have a picky eater on your hands, try splitting your dinners, place ingredients your child dislikes in just half of the dish and point out that you made the other half especially for them. This minor adjustment and accommodation to your child’s request helps them to feel special and important in your dinner making process.

  1. Part from the Mundane

Create something special for your family. One night a week veer from your routine and create a mealtime adventure, take the time to serve your meal in a unique and exciting way the kids can be excited about.

  • Turn your kitchen into an “Italian Restaurant” for the evening when serving a traditional Italian dish.
  • Put down the fork and knife; opt to serve bite size chicken and vegetables on skewers (baked or grilled.)
  • Rename it. Add a fun twist to your left overs and allow your children to “place an order,” survey your fridge/freezer for leftovers, create menu and allow your kids to pick two items and eat buffet-style.
  1. Let Them Help

No matter the age of your child, there is always something they can help with in the kitchen. Even the smallest amount of participation can go a long way. Here are some ideas:

  • If you have 3-7 year olds let them help you out by setting the table, stirring ingredients and helping clean the dishes.
  • If you have 8-12 year olds, teach them how to work the stove and oven to fry, broil, boil and more with supervision.
  • If your kids are teenagers or older, let them plan a meal and have a makeshift dinner party.
  1. Allow for the “No Thank You Bite”

Trying to get your kids to eat new foods can be tough, but try enacting the “no thank you bite.” If they don’t like the new food item they tried, instruct them to say “no thank you.” The biggest hurdle in expanding children’s palates is getting them to try new foods. By giving them the power to say “no” only after taking a bite may help them discover that, in fact, they do like the specific food.

  1. Have Some Fun with It

Dinner time does not need to be bland, boring or routine. You don’t have to go outside of your budget or recipe library to make dinner time exciting, simply mix up your go to recipes.  For example, turning your square Meatloaf Milano into Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting adds an exciting element to an old-fashioned but nutritional meal.  Another option is to allow your younger children to play with their food. It may make a small mess for you, but it will help them explore their food in new and exciting ways.

Preparing and eating dinner each night as a family and encouraging your children to make healthy food choices shouldn’t feel like a chore. By implementing just one of these ideas into your family’s dinnertime routine you can begin to introduce your family to preparation, cooking, and overall healthy eating habits and positively influence your children’s future eating habits.

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