One idle activity when browsing the internet is to graze. Grazers, as a rule, don't think about what they're putting in their mouths and unintentionally consume many more and usually less healthy - calorie choices than conscious eaters. If those grazers are grandparents minding the kids whilst their parents are at work, they could unintentionally be teaching poor eating habits to their grandchildren.
Learning by imitating.
A child's job, simply put, is to grow up; however, children learn by copying adults and their eating choices can be directly influenced for the better by setting a conscious example. For instance, instead of snacking on a plate of cookies, opt for apple slices instead. This will send the message that this is a good food to snack on while relaxing.
Healthy food during fun activities.
The natural leisure time a grandparent has with their grandchildren shouldn't be underestimated either; fun picnics in the garden don't have to be chips and cakes. Salads and grilled chicken are a tasty alternative and again enforce the association that these foods are connected with fun activities.
Serve presentable food to the picky eaters.
Having said that, some children are naturally picky eaters - the texture or color of some foods may put them off or be unsettling to them. It's worth trying to hide vegetables in chili or pasta sauces to make sure that children are getting essential nutrients. Teaching children to cook is another activity that can help them open their minds towards different foods. For example, mushrooms might be off limits in a salad but perfectly okay on a pizza.
Inspire for fresh food.
The best activity of all for a grandparent to help promote healthy eating habits in their grandchildren is to give them an understanding of the growing process of fresh food. Even if garden space doesn't extend beyond growing cress on the window ledge, kids will learn the satisfaction of growing something that ends up on their own plate.
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