15 Tips to Help Our Children Establish Healthy Eating Habits

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15 Tips to Help Our Children Establish Healthy Eating Habits

We all know that children can be picky eaters from time to time (or for some children all the time). They can be difficult when given vegetables and certain fruits. Even certain textures, smells or flavors can really turn them off. A lot of people feel that being a “picky eater” is a part of the child’s personality. Others feel that this is a learned behavior that was developed during food experiences. And some think its a little bit of both. We know that not every mealtime experience with children will be perfect, but luckily there are some things that you can do to promote healthy eating habits early in life that will last a lifetime. Here are our 15 tips to get things started on the right foot.

1. Introducing Fruits and Vegetables Early

Introducing vegetables to a little boy at dinner

This may sound quite obvious, but it’s an important point to stress. Children’s eating patterns and food preferences are established early in life. It’s been shown that by exposing our children to fruits and vegetables in infancy and toddlerhood that they will show acceptance to these foods as they get older.1-3  

2. Model Healthy Eating Habits

Eating dinner as a family together

Children learn their healthy eating habits from their parents. Our family and environmental influences play a huge part in their diet and developing palates. This is why children with caregivers who eat healthy food are more likely to consume lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and establish these as food preferences.1 Children with caregivers who eat less healthy foods are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables and instead consume larger amounts of fat and sugar.4

3. Eat Together

Father and son sharing their food at mealtime.

As mentioned, it’s important for us parents to model healthy eating habits to our children. This is why we need to make it a priority to eat with our children during each meal. By eating together our children are watching us try new foods which encourages them that it’s safe to try new foods. They witness us communicating enjoyment of eating new foods and learn how to express hunger and satiety. 5

4. Make Mealtimes Positive

Enjoying each other's company at the dinner table with their little boy.

Mom feeding her son from a spoon at the table.

Make mealtime a positive time. When you share with one another at the table and create positive conversation, meals become a pleasant social occasion. If mealtimes are unpleasant, children may associate eating with stress and try to eat faster to leave the table sooner.

5. Limit Fast Food Experiences

The more children are being exposed to fast-food restaurants, the more they increase consumption of high-fat foods and develop these as food preferences.6 Even though these foods and sweetened drinks are marketed for children, we all know and need to be reminded that they provide very minimal nutritional benefits.7

6. Don’t Order from the Kids Menu

If you look at a kid’s menu while dining at a restaurant you will notice that the majority of the options aren’t the healthiest of choices. Try not to order from the kid’s menu for your child. Instead split a healthy meal with them when dining out or, if they order their own dish, take their remaining leftovers home for another delicious and nutritious meal.

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7. Develop Mealtime Routines

Sitting at the table eating a meal with the family.

The more children graze throughout the day, the less of an appetite they will have around mealtime. By setting a predictable daily mealtime routine–including snack time–we help our children develop an expectation and an appetite around mealtime.5 This helps them not fill up on snacks and eat more of their balanced meals. And if grazing is what works with your family, remember that we parents control the food that is coming into and offered in our home. Choose healthy snack options for the whole family to enjoy, which brings me to my next point . . .

8. Plan Out Snacks

Little boy sitting in his high chair eating Stonyfield yogurt.

As I mentioned, continuous snacking can potentially lead to overeating, but snacks that are planned at specific times during the day can be part of a nutritious diet! We are essentially the gatekeepers of the kitchen. If we choose a wide variety of healthy foods to have in the house, our children will learn how to make healthy food choices which creates healthy food habits. So have the good-for-you snacks out and available within reach and at eye level.

Snack ideas:

  • Stonyfield yogurt
  • cheese stick
  • berries
  • banana
  • apple slices and peanut butter
  • celery and hummus
  • veggies with tzatziki dip

My son will eat almost anything if we have a dip. This tzatziki dip is super simple to make, delicious and healthy! My son can’t get enough. Here’s how you make it:

Putting some tzatziki on a little boy's plate of salmon.

Tzatziki dip

Ingredients
  • 2 cups grated cucumber
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt

Tzatziki dip

Directions
  • Squeeze the grated cucumber over the sink to remove excess moisture. Place squeezed cucumber to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the Stonyfield Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, dill, lemon juice, garlic, and salts to the mixing bowl. Mix together to blend.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Taste and add additional chopped dill, lemon juice, and/or salt, if necessary.
  • Enjoy!
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Putting some tzatziki dip on her dinner plate.

9. Set Some Family Rules/Goals

A common rule families had when I was a child was “no dessert until you finish your dinner.” But other rules or goals that you could consider for your family are:

  • Desserts reserved for weekends
  • Sodas only on weekends (or only special occasions)
  • Water bottles empty by dinner time to encourage hydration

10. Keep Distractions at Bay

Family enjoying a meal together at the table.

Try to eat your meals together in one designated area of your home. That could be your dining room, kitchen or breakfast area, but try not to eat in front of the TV. When eating in front of the television or having distractions such as family arguments or competing activities, it could make it difficult for your children to focus on eating or encourage mindless eating. When they can’t focus on eating they then have a harder time paying attention to feelings of fullness, which may lead to overeating or not eating enough. Try to separate mealtime from playtime and avoid using toys, games, or television which can be major distractions.

11. Don’t Use Food as Punishment or Reward

A meal on the dinner table.

Children who have experienced on multiple occasions food being withheld as a form of punishment may cause worry or anxiety that they will not get enough food. For example, sending children to bed without any dinner may cause them to worry that they will go hungry. As a result, children may equate food as love and worthiness and develop an unhealthy relationship with food. And when foods, like desserts or sweets, are used as a reward, children may assume that these foods are better or more valuable than other foods. For example, telling children that they will get dessert if they eat all of their vegetables sends the wrong message about vegetables.

12. Introduce New Foods with Familiar Foods

Happy toddler boy enjoying his meal sitting in his highchair.

Did you know that including familiar foods with new foods increases the likelihood of acceptance? 8,9 It’s true! To introduce new foods, it is recommended to pair the new food with your child’s preferred foods and present the new food repeatedly until it is no longer “new.”

13. Have the Kids Help Pick Out & Prepare Meals

By having your children pick out the foods at the grocery store and help prepare the family meals, you will see which foods and flavors your child gravitates towards and prefers. These activities also help your children learn about nutrition. Not only that, they are more likely willing to eat or try foods that they helped prepare.

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14. Eat Slowly

Eating together as a family at the table.

When we eat quickly, we usually eat too much. Our brains take time to register fullness and it better detects fullness when we eating slowly. If your child keeps asking for seconds at mealtimes, tell your child to wait 10-15 minutes. This will help determine if they are truly still hungry.

15. Be Mindful of Ingredients and Portion Sizes

Mealtime with a toddler

When choosing food options for your family, read food labels and limit foods that are high in sugar and trans fat. Regarding portion sizes, be sure not to over serve your child. Portion sizes are important and they should be child sized.

portion size chart for children

We know now that eating patterns are established early in life in response to caregiver-child interactions, mealtimes routines, foods offered and modeling from family members. By practicing these 15 tips our children will have a better chance of developing healthy eating habits which will create a more healthful life.


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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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📷: @pinkieandthebeard⁠
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Please tell me I'm not the only one. 🙈😂⁠ ( Please tell me I'm not the only one. 🙈😂⁠
(quote via @wivesnightin)⁠
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Just to let you know. 😘⁠ 📷: @prefacingmoth Just to let you know. 😘⁠
📷: @prefacingmotherhood⁠
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November babies unite! ❤️ (Yes, I was born in November babies unite! ❤️ (Yes, I was born in November!😂) ⁠
📷: @lifeforeverchanged⁠
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To everyone feeling alone, scared, unsafe, unsure, To everyone feeling alone, scared, unsafe, unsure, without hope . . . hang on. Hang on. You are loved and you are not alone. Been there, hold on. Love and Light to all. ❤️⁠
Words & 📷: @gabunion⁠
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What the cover should really look like. 😂⁠
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🤰 What You Need to Know About Implantation Blee 🤰 What You Need to Know About Implantation Bleeding 🤰⁠
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When you and your partner are #tryingtoconceive, bleeding is typically the last thing you want to see. However, sometimes its actually a good sign that you may be #pregnant! It’s called implantation bleeding, and can occur approximately 6-8 days after #ovulation. Of course, most women who experience #implantationbleeding feel concerned that there is any bleeding at all! So, here are some common questions, and answers, to help you feel more aware and informed about implantation bleeding. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @mosiebaby⁠
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Easy now. 💣👶😨⁠🤫⁠ 📷: @alrightmom Easy now. 💣👶😨⁠🤫⁠
📷: @alrightmom⁠
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Sometimes, the combination of busy or boring days, Sometimes, the combination of busy or boring days, lack of sleep, tasks and demands that require 24/7 attention or worry, can combine to put you at risk for blowing up at your partner in utter despair.⁠
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While asking for help is imperative, so is knowing the difference between, "can you come here when you get a second?" and "COME HERE NOW." Discuss this with your partner so you can come up with a code word or phrase that can let each other know that you sense you are reaching a breaking point. Do your best to identify when you feel you are starting to lose patience, or energy, or control. #speakthesecret⁠
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Comic from book #goodmomshavescarythoughts @familiustalk @brooklyn_rabbit⁠
Words via @postpartumstress⁠
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Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠ (quote via @fruitsofm Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Ste ❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Steps to Mindful Self-Love ❤️⁠
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As a busy parent, I know it's hard to find time to relax or learn more about practicing self-care techniques. However, as a wife, mother, and educator myself, I have found the practice of #selfcare to be an essential part of living a #healthy life. Taking the time to learn how to do it, and incorporate those practices, has made an enormous impact in my life.⁠
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The practice of #mindfulness has taught me how to slow down and become more aware of what I am doing and how I am feeling in any given moment. This in turn lends itself to carving out more time for self-care, because I’m able to see how busy I’ve become, where I need to make adjustments, and how important it is for me to take a break from mothering my children.⁠
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#Mindful living can reap benefits that range from better night's sleeps to reduced anxiety to lowered blood pressure to healthier and happier relationships with others. {Click 🔗 in bio for seven steps that will guide you through a day of loving self care.⁠}
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"5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 "5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 miscarriages, failed retrievals, transfer & pregnancies, a multitude of ultrasounds & blood work, 681 needles, countless pills, & endless flow of tears, & the result was our 'perfect' embryo.⁠
The journey to this moment was not easy. I didn't want to talk about what I was going through. It was easier to open up to a stranger than to some friends or family. Women don't talk about their #fertilitystruggles. We are almost embarrassed or ashamed to say the word #miscarriage. Do we think we are broken? Are you less of a woman if you are not a #mother?⁠
The more I opened up about my story, the more I met other women who were #tryingtoconceive or had lost a little #miracle growing inside of them. Each family had their own path, some were going to keep trying, some were going to try #IVF, some trying to adopt, some will end up being awesome Aunts or amazing stepmothers or great FurParents.⁠
If you ever get the change to talk to any of these courageous women remember not to judge their journey. Listen to their worries and fears & DO NOT tell her to 'just relax, when you aren't thinking about it, it will happen.' Know that you are in the presence of a #warrior!⁠
Thank you to my friends & family that respected our process & were there for us. Thank you to my doctors & nurses, to my acupuncturist & friend who put me on a list of herbs that I can't even pronounce, that changed everything. Most importantly thank you to my husband, Mike. Thank you for being by my side & coming to every single doctors visit. Thank you for considering your life with me & the possibility of not having kids in it & assuring me that I was #enough. Thank you for being my nurse, getting me Wonder Women band-aids & for being someone who couldn't watch me get a shot, to giving them to me every day for months on end. Thank you for being you, my strong & positive rock!⁠
So to all the women I've met along the way or to those that cry silently in the bathroom staring at those failed #pregnancy tests, know that you are not broken, you are no less of a woman if you are not a mother & most importantly you ARE NOT ALONE. I am with you." ❤️⁠
Words & 📷: @anirbas
💝 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Moms with Litt 💝 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Moms with Littles 💝⁠
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Everyone deserves to be reminded that they're loved and appreciated on Valentine's Day. 🥰 Especially moms of little ones! 🙌 It's so easy for them to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle of keeping up with their growing family, and Valentine's Day presents the opportunity to pause and appreciate the love you have for everyone in your life. Whether you're looking for a gift for a sweet, tired friend or need to pass along some suggestions to your partner, there's something for everyone on this Valentine's Day gift guide for moms with littles. 💕 {Click 🔗 in bio to see our entire list!}⁠
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THIS. 🙌 I feel like we put so much pressure on THIS. 🙌 I feel like we put so much pressure on ourselves to be great at everything for our kids and family. But that's not realistic. We all have strengths and weaknesses and that's okay. We can't be great at it all. That's normal. As long as we show up, do our best and love them hard, we're doing a great job. ❤️⁠
📷: @proudhappymama⁠
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