ideas on how to get your kids to eat healthier this Thanksgiving

by Emma W.R. on November 9, 2016

Getting kids to eat healthy at any point during the year can be very difficult to accomplish! Let’s face it: many kids love junk food. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t want our kids to eat so many snacks that are often loaded with lots and lots of sugar. That being said, introducing kids to healthy alternatives early in life can help lower the amount of unhealthy snacks and foods they eat throughout their lives. Most people (and this includes kids) tend to overeat around the holidays because it’s so easy to do. Here are some ideas on how to get your kids to eat healthier this Thanksgiving.

  1. Use organic ingredients. Yes, organic might mean more expensive. But don’t just use organic ingredients – show your kids and teach them what organic means. I’d suggest finding an easy recipe or two that the kids can help you with. Walk them step by step. Not only is this a fun tradition to start, but the kids will take something away from it too. Show them that healthy and organic is cool.
  2. Use less sugar. Often Thanksgiving means lots of pumpkin pies, cheesecakes, and pecan tarts. Use less sugar than the recipe calls for. You can also try sugar substitutes. If you’re afraid that the taste will dramatically change, try cooking before a day or two before Thanksgiving. Not only will this give you more time on Thanksgiving to truly enjoy the moment without being in the kitchen all day, but it’ll make you an expert at the dish, whatever it may be.
  3. Find recipes that incorporate more fruits and vegetables. There are many delicious recipes that are also good for you – you just have to find them online. Try to incorporate fruits in desserts and again, use less sugar. For savory dishes, I suggest finding recipe incorporating vegetables that your kids actually like. There has to be some vegetable they like. What about corn or asparagus? I would suggest asking your kids what they like to make it even easier.

Thanksgiving is not supposed to be a holiday we regret the next day by eating unhealthy. Really try to find recipes and use healthy ingredients now that your kids are kids. When they get older, they’ll pass on the healthy thanksgiving tradition to your grandchildren!

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Sammie May 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I think portion size is the key. Have what you want but don’t go crazy. Eating in moderation is a great thing to teach your kids.

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Carrie February 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

It really is so important to teach your kids healthy eating habits! My kids have 8-year-old friends that drink coffee! I find this to be unacceptable, caffeine is a drug and children do not need an extra boost. I agree that incorporating being healthful into a tradition is key.

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Jamie January 30, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Sugar is definitely a biggie for a lot of people. There should be more nutrition taught in schools – how to read labels, how different foods affect your body, etc. A lot of people just don’t know what they are doing wrong with their diets.

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Bree January 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

Cutting out sugar isn’t easy, but that is the best thing you can do for yourself. You just start a little at a time.

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Orla January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

My family has carbs and more carbs for Thanksgiving and pretty much every holiday. I think I will start trying to bring some healthier options to balance it all out.

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Tiana January 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

I am making an effort to cut out sugar in my diet this year. Sugar is like a drug for some people and it is just so bad for you, in so many foods. It is a tough habit to kick though! Started with eliminating it from my coffee and slowly removing it from the rest of my diet.

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Addie December 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

I think getting creative is important not just for kids but for grown ups too!

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Eli December 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

You’re not supoosed to eat healthy on Thanksgiving! It’s for pigging out and stuffing yourself (in additional to the turkey) with all kinds of food and liquor and cake. For one day it’s ok.

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Kelly January 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Gotta agree with this! Thanksgiving is the one day I let myself live like a glutton.

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