Make Meals Hands-on
Never underestimate the power of making a meal fun to eat. Mealtime becomes more exciting when you make it into an activity. If your children are reluctant to eat fruits and vegetables, kid-friendly crudités might just entice them. Dipping, dunking and getting hands-on with food are excellent ways to get kids to gobble down fruits and vegetables. A mixture of plain yogurt, honey and cinnamon works well as a dip for bite-sized slices of apples, bananas and strawberries. Combine cottage cheese, yogurt and garlic to spice up celery sticks and raw broccoli florets. And for a healthier alternative to dessert, peanut-butter play dough is also an old classic you can tempt kids with instead of cookies. To make it, combine peanut butter, honey and corn meal or powdered milk, then store in the refrigerator and dole it out as needed. Break the rules and let them play with their food just this once.