Eating with Littles

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’re having a great week thus far. Last month I shared some quick tips of how to lead a healthy lifestyle with kids. Today, I’d like to take a deep dive of how to help them get healthy with you - starting in the kitchen.

Keep healthy foods in the house. Watch ten minutes of TV and you’ll see at least three commercials that advertise sugary food. It’s no wonder our kids want to eat these things! Instead of purchasing these items, keep fruits and veggies and other whole foods in the house. Check out my favorites below!

  • Celery/apples with nut butter (I LOVE almond butter!)

  • Frozen grapes

  • Smoothies - throw in some spinach for extra greens or keep it fruity with a banana!

  • Nuts

  • Turkey & cucumber sandwiches

Dress it up! If you have littles, cut the food into fun shapes or create a picture - who else remembers the smiley face on their pancakes in the morning? If your kids aren’t so small, offer a dipping sauce to add more flavor. Hummus is my go-to!

Offer a variety of options. We don’t like to eat the same thing over and over, so we can’t expect our kids to! Make mealtime fun by offering a variety of foods for them to try. If you have a picky eater, ask them to try a bite and see how it goes. If they’re not interested, save that food item for later and use the time around the table as a chance for some quality time.

Ask them to help with the meal planning. A friend of mine struggled with a picky eater, and this really hindered her ability to eat healthy when she started her health and wellness journey. Instead of letting this stop her in her tracks, she asked her son to help with the meal planning. She gave him a cookbook and asked him to pick out two dinner options for the week. He loved the opportunity to make the decision, and the whole family looked forward to these meals each week!

It is SO much easier to get (and stay) healthy when your family is on board. When kids are involved, it can seem tricky. However, it does get better! I hope you find these tips useful, and if you have some of your own I’d love to hear!

Cheers!

Jenny