Part of positive well-being is eating healthily. This can prove a challenge for some of us at the best of times but can be even more difficult when we are at home and not following our usual routines. This is the same for young children too, who are more likely to choose a packet of crisps or a bar of chocolate rather than a piece of fruit at snack time while at home.
You can encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables by giving them a choice between two healthy food options, this way your child is more likely to eat healthily as they have chosen their preferred option instead of being given one. This will also mean you have more conversations around the colours and shapes of different fruits and vegetables to spark their interest in eating their five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Don’t worry if they don’t eat 5 portions to begin with, you could gradually increase the number of portions they eat per day over time.
You could also have a reward system in place to encourage healthy eating further. For example, your child could earn a sticker or smiley face for every piece of healthy food they eat!
You can download the reward chart included here, or make up your own.
For more information on healthy eating, portions sizes and recipe ideas, please follow the link below.