Write your post here. Getting your keiki to establish healthy eating habits can be a challenge with the outside influences of TV, peers and Hawaii's love of carbos and oversized plate lunches.
The first step is being a good role model as keiki love to imitate and are influenced by Mom & Dad. Set a good example, you'll look and feel better too.
Next, welcome keiki in the kitchen. Kids will experiment more with foods they help to prepare. Do crunchy raw fruits and veggies in rainbow colors with nuts or other crunchy toppings, add peanut butter or mashed beans with cheese for a tasty dip. Cook up huli huli chicken instead or fried and bake those potatoes into nice crisp chips. The internet has lot of ideas for great keiki menus.
Eat together at the table, skip the TV, and don't make a big deal about what they choose to eat or not eat. Also never, ever use food as a reward!
When eating out, share those large plates and choose the menu together.
Lastly, if you have a yard, plant a garden. Kids love digging in dirt and watching things grow. Harvesting and preparing what you grow will teach your keiki sustainability as well as encourage fresh food eating!