November 10, 2020 – 6:30
Picks For You
When you are at home, it isn’t too difficult to keep your entire family on track with the whole foods diet since you eat dinner as a family, and you are in charge of what is prepared. Unfortunately, kids do have a hard time during holidays when all their friends are eating something completely different from them. Keep reading for a few tips on making eating fun for kids at Thanksgiving.
Start the Whole Diet Before Thanksgiving
A really important thing to keep in mind is that if you make this change right before the holidays, it is going to be a lot more difficult to make it easier for your kids. You need to give them time to adapt to the changes and get rid of some of their cravings for bread and sugar. You can do this by starting the whole foods diet at least a month or so before Thanksgiving, preferably before Halloween as well so that the lack of their favorite candy isn’t as big of a deal either.
Go Through Recipes Together
Involving your kids in the entire process is another really good way to get them more involved. You want your kids to feel like they are part of the process, and one good way to do this is by going through recipes together. Of course, depending n their age, you might first want to select some recipes you are considering, based on what is allowed on the whole foods diet. Try to print them all out and sit at the table so you and your kids can look at them and choose which ones you should make. Let them pick at least one recipe on their own for a side dish or dessert, or even come up with one of their own as long as it is the whole foods-approved.
Bake the Desserts Together
Baking can be a lot of fun for kids, so let them help you with the Thanksgiving whole foods desserts! Younger kids can do a lot of the picking or rolling cooking into balls, while older kids are good at using stand mixing, chopping ingredients, or putting raw nuts into a good processor. They can usually help fill muffin tins and add toppings to pies as well. This allows your kids to have some fun and see how your Whole30 food is put together.
With these simple tips and tricks, your kids won’t be as bummed out about the difference in their Thanksgiving meal to someone else’s.