Today I am going to share with you some tips on how to introduce five healthy eating habits into the lives of young children. These five healthy eating tips may seem impossible at first, but I promise they help. Our family did not start eating well in a day. It takes time and consistency. And c
My Healthy Eating Journey
My awareness of living a healthier lifestyle began circa 2014. Prior to this, I always tried fad diets, not eating much to lose weight fast, and low calorie (or low fat) marketed foods. I truly didn’t know any better. I also never knew to look at an ingredient label (or what to look for once I did!).
This all changed when I went to an Ava Anderson product party at my friend’s house. I was in awe of how many of my products were filled with chemicals. This made me an ingredient reader all around. I knew I wanted the best for my family, and I had to start somewhere.
At this point, I was still buying “healthy” snacks, organic processed foods, organic juice etc. But I soon realized that organic sugar is still sugar at the end of the day. Like I said before, this change in mindset did not happen overnight! It has been a long journey to get where I am now.
My true turning point was after seeing the documentary In Defense of Food. Michael Pollan does a wonderful job in presenting facts about our food system without overwhelming the viewer. The phrase that blew me away was ” Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. This honestly says it all. You don’t have to follow any fad diet or label yourself, you just need to follow these simple food rules.
5 Healthy Eating Tips for Young Children
So now onto my top healthy eating tips for young children.
1. Get rid of the junk
I know this seems so impossible at first. Don’t make it a big deal. Say you ran out,
2. Don’t bring it into the house
If you don’t buy junk food and processed foods, they won’t eat it in the house. The house is the most important place to start.
3. Don’t focus on limitations
Cook a healthy meal, and offer a variety of foods, textures, colors, and flavors. After a while, your kids will stop denying the brown rice, whole wheat, or quinoa you’re offering because it’s all that is offered continuously.
4. Add flavor
Add enough salt, seasonings, olive oil, and other flavor enhancers. Experiment with different sauces and dips. If you have a food processor, blender, or even a whisk you can make endless dressings and dips in minutes! My kids are obsessed with my fresh spinach and basil pesto. They eat it over pasta, use it to dip their veggies in, and love it on toasts and pizza. Hummus or even chocolate hummus is another great place to start.
5. Don’t obsess over what your kids eat outside of the home
I hope you enjoyed reading my five healthy eating tips for young children. If you ever have any questions, please ask. If you ever want a specific dessert made healthier, I can help!