- Don’t offer junk. Don’t make it easily available at home… most kids can’t drive to the store!
- Hungry kids will eat what’s offered. Let them get hungry between meals. No grazing.
- Not every food group will be eaten at every meal, so use the day to space foods to incorporate a range of nutrition over time. Think of snacks as mini-meals.
- Keep meal time fun.
- Offer a “plant and protein” every meal and snack to get kids to the 5 a day of fruits and veggies and to give a protein for “staying power”. This also fills kids up with the good things so they aren’t hungry for junk.
- Enforce “Taste a bite without a fight” after 3 years of age.
- It’s okay to be tricky and fun: add pureed vegetables to things, use yogurt or humus dips, put food on a stick, arrange food into fun shapes, be creative.
- Juice is not a food.
This is my first attempt at adding video to my blog. I apologize for the tilted view… it looked straight on my camera! YouTube limits the length to 10 minutes, and I ended up at 11 minutes, so it is broken into two shorter segments.
My Pinterest page has several boards with recipes and nutritional information, in addition to other kid-friendly ideas! (Warning: if you don’t use Pinterest, it can be addictive. Tons of great project ideas and recipes, educational sites, and other time wasters…)