How can you get your kids to eat healthy?

Getting kids to eat right can be tough, but it's an important part of a parent's job. Children need essential vitamins and minerals to help support their growing bodies, and without proper nutrition they may face a future filled with health problems. Luckily, there are many ways to get your kids to eat healthy foods without having them put up a fight.

For example, Kitchen Daily recently published an article explaining some of the different ways that you can can convince your kids to eat healthier food. 

Everything is better with chocolate
First, the news source pointed out that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently recommended that both children and adults need to be getting more calcium, vitamin D, potassium and fiber. This is why it's important to determine ways to encourage your children to eat the healthy foods that contain these nutrients, and chocolate can help you do so.

For example, if your child doesn't like to drink milk, then stir in a bit of chocolate sauce. According to the news source, studies showed that when some schools removed chocolate milk from their cafeterias, kids drank 50 percent less of this healthy beverage, which is a good source of vitamin D. While chocolate syrup does contain sugar, there are many reduced sugar varieties that can help your kids get the calcium they need.

Also, if your child doesn't like fruit try dipping bananas, apples, strawberries or really any kind of fruit into a little bit of chocolate and see if they change their tune. Consider using dark chocolate, since the Cleveland Clinic states that this variety may be the better choice because it may contain more antioxidants to help boost cardiovascular health.

Have the right attitude
WebMD recommends that if you want your children to eat right, you have to have the right attitude about food. For example, don't ban any foods, since that will just make your children want to sneak them behind your back. The key is to make sure they understand the importance of moderation.

Also, don't nag kids when they make unhealthy food choices. Instead, talk to them about the other options they could have chosen. For example, instead of fried tortilla chips, they could have had baked ones that would have tasted just as good with some salsa on them.

Finally, never offer food as a reward, since this may create weight problems later in life.