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Tips to get kids to eat healthy

Parents know that kids would rather eat pizza for dinner than a big salad and a lean cut of chicken. If your children are in sports like football, soccer or basketball, they exert a lot of energy at practice every day, and high-calorie fast foods don't support a healthy body and mind. Follow these tips to encourage your kids to maintain a well-balanced diet:

Give choices
Kids can be stubborn, so giving them choices is key - just  make sure that those choices are all healthy. Stock the fridge with kid-friendly snacks like string cheese, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat yogurt. Other snacks can include whole wheat crackers, popcorn and nuts.

Ask your children what they want for dinner once in a while as well. If they say something like tacos, give them a healthy twist by using chicken or ground turkey instead of beef, nixing the sour cream and whipping up a topping mixture with tomatoes, onion, cilantro and seasonings.

You can also swap traditionally non-healthy items like white bread, pasta and potatoes for whole grain options. If your kids love mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower instead. To get the consistency right, add one to two small red potatoes and your kids will never know the difference.

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