Welcome to week two of the Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids Program! Last week I shared my personal challenges getting my toddler to eat healthy. As a reminder, over the next five weeks I’ll be sharing my experiences and tips on teaching our kids to eat more healthy, and I’ll be hoping for tips from you as well! When moms get together and start sharing ideas, we are unstoppable!
This week’s topic is teaching our kids to eat healthy!
My tips are pretty simple… or they sound simple, at least. As I’m writing this post I’m snacking on dark chocolate (my weakness). Right now I can get away with it because my daughter is so young and doesn’t pay too much attention to everything I do, but eventually I know she’ll be watching my every move. I remember as a kid knowing when my mom was sneaking candy. I don’t know how I knew, I just DID. My sister was even worse, she had sugar sensors or something. She could hone in on any sugar in the house like she had built-in radar!
So the first tip (and I’m so preaching to myself here!) is:
Be an example:
If you eat healthy foods and don’t snack on junk food between meals, kids will follow your example. They’re watching everything you do and everything you eat! If you eat right, you’re teaching them to eat right. Don’t start giving them the “Do as I say, not as I do” excuse, either. Show them that it’s worth caring for our bodies by caring for yours, and start early if you can!
When I was a kid, my mom bought a special cookbook for kids for me. It was a Christmas present, I think. It included a set of colorful plastic measuring spoons and many fun and healthy recipes. I LOVED it and had a lot of fun trying new recipes with my mom’s help. For the first time I became interested in what I was eating, and preparing it myself really made it taste that much better. I definitely recommend including your kids in the preparation of food, and make it fun!
Give them the why:
You know how kids are with the “why” word. You tell them to eat something good for them, and they want to know why whether they’re voicing it or not. Tell them in a way they can clearly understand how the good foods help their bodies. Certain foods will give them energy for playing sports, thinking clearer (brain power), and having clearer skin and healthier hair. Here’s a fun food pyramid you can show your kids:
Head on over to MomLogic for sample lunch menus, recipes, and tips from nutrition expert Haylie Pomroy! Haylie will also be answering reader questions about nutrition and kids on September 14, so if you have any questions for her send them to eatingright (at) wb.com.
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What are your best tips and tricks for teaching kids to eat right?
Come on, you’re a mom. I know you’ve faced this challenge before – I’m really eager to hear what you all have to say!