How to Trick Your Kids into Eating Eye-Healthy Food
If you’re a parent, you know all too well how hard it can be to get your child interested in any healthy foods. Sometimes, you have to resort to bribery or lies just so your child will finally ingest a few stems of broccoli. Here at Planet Vision Eyecare, we understand the struggles to keep your kids healthy. Having them eat eye-healthy foods while they’re still growing is also an important aspect for their future vision. Here are just a few ways you can trick your children into eating these eye-healthy nutrients while still enjoying their meal.
Make it into a frozen treat. The blender can be your best friend when it comes to sneaking in vegetables and fruits to your child’s diet. Oranges contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which lessen the risk of cataracts. If you’re throwing a few things into the blender, you should also include blueberries because they’re chock full of antioxidants, which are great nutrients to prevent eye dryness and help with healthy eye development. Once you’ve blended together a delicious, and healthy array of ingredients, freeze it into popsicle molds and pass them off as your child’s favorite frozen treat.
Turn it into a pizza-inspired dish. Use a healthy flatbread or whole-wheat pizza crust as a fun and familiar vehicle for nutrient-dense foods. Pack the top of that pizza crust with tomato sauce, kale, and spinach, with minimal cheese, and it will still look like pizza, but contain tons of nutrients. The lycopene-rich tomato sauce can help prevent macular degeneration as your child ages.
Give your kids dark chocolate. Not all sweets are bad. Dark chocolate in moderation is a great way to get your children to ingest much-needed antioxidants. They also have bioflavonoids which are packed with vitamin C. Not only is this a great vitamin to beef up your child’s growing immune system, it also can prevent diseases later in life like cataracts. Treat your children to dark hot chocolate or a few pieces of a bar without feeling guilty.
Most children are picky eater so it can be tough to ensure they’re getting the right nutrients, especially the foods that will keep their eyes developing and healthy for years to come. Use these little secrets to trick your kids into eating these eye-healthy foods they’ll be well on their way to great eyesight. Is it time for a checkup? Give the Planet Vision Eyecare office a call today to make your next appointment!