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!


Get the kids in the kitchen:

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:

Printable PDF versions are here:


More information:

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.

You can also enter to win a mega gift basket at MomLogic!

And of course you’ll be able to enter to win a gift basket here soon as well!


♥ Share Your Thoughts ♥

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!

Disclosure: No products were provided to me in exchange for posting about the Looney Tunes Eating Right program, but I will be compensated by Warner Bros. for this series.

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5 Responses to Tips for Teaching Your Child To Eat Healthy Foods {Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids Program}

  • I have gotten to the point that I only buy fruits, veges, and crackers as snakcs. No cookies, candy etc. I occasionally will buy stuff like granola bars or pudding…but not often. If it's not 100% juice…we don't get it. And even then, we rely mostly on water and milk.

  • We don't have soda in the house and we don't buy any junk food really- no chips and we usually just make our own cookies or brownies every couple of weeks. We do buy ice cream but we limit my son's intake of ice cream to every once in awhile. We are trying to teach by example. We buy lots of fruits and veggies and cook at home all the time.

  • We no longer buy soda or chips and we make whole grain pastas and rice dishes. The children also eat only Sara Lee Whole wheat white bread. I keep a large quantity of fresh vegetables and fruit available for them to eat so they really don't miss the junk food that much.

  • Lead by example. Make healthy foods sound amazing and their only choice. You wont have any problems of your little one wanting sweet cereals if your child has never tasted it. MJ currently gets raisin bran or cheerios only and he loves them both.

  • There are better alternatives: the new Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid, both built by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications. The Healthy Eating Plate fixes the flaws in USDA’s MyPlate, just as the Healthy Eating Pyramid rectifies the mistakes of the USDA’s food pyramids. Both the Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health—and are unaffected by businesses and organizations with a stake in their messages.*;”;

    My own online site
    http://www.healthfitnessbook.comdp

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