How kids and teens can have a fun and enjoyable experience in eating healthy food



If you're a parent, there are times you struggle in finding ways of how your family, especially children and teenagers, can eat healthier while making the whole experience fun and enjoyable. It's not always easy. The parents who plan meals for the family can offer a big opportunity to practice good, joyful, and healthy dietary habits. Let's talk about some practical suggestions and tips.


Motivations

Many studies emphasize how eating healthy is extremely important for our vitality and body function. As parents, we need to pay special attention to the significant impact of poor nutrition on children’s actual and future physical and mental health, their daily well-being, schoolwork, mood, and confidence. According to the results of the FinHealth 2017 study, familiar health problems are still common in Finland and the key risk factors for chronic diseases include elevated blood pressure, total cholesterol, and obesity.


Eating together

Having meals together with the family for at least once a day not only promotes more bonding time but also the possibility of consuming more fruits and vegetables. When children don't eat meals together in family, they are more prone to eat ready-made food outside the house, which means less healthy options because these are usually fried or sugary food and drinks.


Joyful and relaxing habits