Positive Healthy Eating For Children

Positive Healthy Eating For Children

As a parent I always want my children to have the best start. This is across all aspects of their lives. I also want them to have a well-balanced diet. One that provides them with all the goodness that they need but one that also lets them enjoy food at an early age. When I had my first there wasn’t any baby led weaning, I used to make a multitude of combinations to tantalise the taste buds. I’m pretty lucky that my first 3 children are good eaters and love a wide variety of foods. The same cant be said for the smalls. So planning meals and disguising veg in Spaghetti Bolanguise has become my mission. Today I’m talking about Positive Healthy Eating For Children.

Positive Healthy Eating For Children

Positive Healthy Eating For Children

Eat Together

For us, mealtime is family time. Its the one time of the day where we all get together and share snippets of our days. We live in a super busy house so we really embrace this special time. I always hope that with us eating together the children will learn good habits but also notice the variety of meals.

 

No Tablets/phones

As we spent our table time together we really don’t want the interruption of phones beeping. Having 3 teenagers does mean they want to be constantly stuck to some sort of electrical device but the rule is no phones come to the table.

 

Encouraging Variety

We don’t make an issue if someone wants to miss something off their plate. I’m so aware of issues relating to food that if they really don’t want something on their plate we won’t force it. We are very much a family of trying it once.

 

Get Them Involved

This is something that we are trying to encourage and get into more with the children. I spent many a Saturday afternoon baking with my mum so we are following suit and doing this with the teen’sand little ones. They are definitely much more likely in my house to eat something that they have spent time making themselves.

 

A Fridge Full Of Ready To Eat Snacks

I mentioned this in a recent post and its something we do on a daily basis. I wash and prep a selection of fruit and store it in the fridge, ready for when someone is hungry. Means they are less likely to snack on biscuits.

 

I also made the 5 a day chart below for those of you that want to try and increase your little one so intake or to make a fun and positive game out of eating 🙂

 

 

My 5 A Day Chart

 

 

 

Positive Healthy Eating For Children

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. Hannah
    29/01/2018 / 5:16 PM

    I think its really good that when someome doesnt want something on their plate you dont push it. Ive seen so many people force stuff on their kids its awful

  2. Joanna
    29/01/2018 / 8:18 PM

    I agree with the no phones at the dinner table rule. Eating together as a family is all about spending time together, and phones shouldn’t be allowed to disturb it.

  3. 29/01/2018 / 10:03 PM

    Great tips we always offer our son a variety of healthy foods even though he is a fussy eater. We do find eating together tricky as we don’t have a dinner table plus we don’t like eating as early as our son does.

  4. 29/01/2018 / 11:24 PM

    I always try to encourage my girls to try something twice. just popping something in their mouth for a second won’t cut it with me. I like the sound of the 5 a day chart – think my youngest would love the challenge of filling it in herself.

  5. 30/01/2018 / 12:24 AM

    I love that you ensure that no tables are not allowed at the table. Especially as many of us, myself included can rely on our phones heavily when we should be interacting with our friends when we are out !

  6. 30/01/2018 / 1:36 AM

    These sound like some great ideas. I can’t imagine having phones at the table I don’t think we even do when we visit my parents now.

  7. 30/01/2018 / 10:08 AM

    I think it’s great that you don’t have tech at the table as it encourages you to talk and spend time as a family more x

  8. 30/01/2018 / 10:34 AM

    I’m trying to be much more mindful this year over how my son eats. Last year ‘d just give in to ease for many things.. let him watch tv while eating. Let him leave meals etc. I’m being a bit more strict this year and it’s working out better!

  9. 30/01/2018 / 2:06 PM

    Totally agree about the pones, eating around a dinner table and having time together as a family is so important x

  10. 30/01/2018 / 4:17 PM

    These are great ideas, and you are right. Having the fruits on standby will stop kids snacking on biscuits instead.

  11. Danielle
    30/01/2018 / 4:47 PM

    Our daughter is only one, but we are trying to set good habits already by eating together as much as possible

  12. 30/01/2018 / 4:58 PM

    I love the idea of a 5 a day chart. To be fair my kids are good eating most things I give them and when speaking to the parent’s on the school they were surprised at how well my kids ate. I do need to get them to eat more veg though and in fact it’s not just them it’s all of us in the house.

  13. 30/01/2018 / 7:00 PM

    These are some amazing tips that would benefit both kids and adults! Fab post thanks for sharing!

  14. 30/01/2018 / 8:33 PM

    I agree about the tablets at dinner time… even TV should be turned off. So important for children to appreciate family time too 🙂

  15. 30/01/2018 / 10:04 PM

    I try to do all of these things, my children are just so fussy it makes it really hard. I love the reward chart, I could probably do with that with my three children.

  16. 30/01/2018 / 11:17 PM

    I think teaching children about the food we eat, where it comes from, how it is prepared and sharing meals from those ingredients is key in getting them interested in tastes, textures and more.
    When you include them in the decisions, and get their help in prepping things, they become invested in what they are doing and take pride in the process.
    This also means you can introduce new things to them and it not be such a daunting prospect

  17. 31/01/2018 / 1:50 AM

    These are great ideas for positive and healthy eating. I like the no phones suggestion. We try to have plenty of variety so my daughter does not get bored.

  18. 31/01/2018 / 1:47 PM

    Oh yes, family meal time! I am a big fan of having meals together; it’s such an important part of the day.

  19. Helen
    31/01/2018 / 7:58 PM

    These are great tips. Me and my daughter always sit together and eat and have a no phone rule too. Meal times are such a brilliant way to catch up with each other after busy days and its one of my favourite times of the day.

  20. 31/01/2018 / 8:01 PM

    I think having a healthy attitude with food is a great thing to have with children. Encouraging them to get involved and take interest is key. Young children can be so difficult to change, but I also find their inquisitiveness is a wonderful thing, and can lead to all kinds of new stuff. Vegetables included!

  21. 31/01/2018 / 8:10 PM

    I love all your tips and I definitely think getting them involved can really help them think about what they’re eating.

  22. 01/02/2018 / 3:13 AM

    These are great ideas. No phone is definitely a must as this is a good time to catch up with everyone aside from eating healthy together.

  23. 01/02/2018 / 10:43 PM

    No phones at the table is such an important rule and definitely one I will be enforcing when I have kids of my own!

  24. 02/02/2018 / 12:03 AM

    I wish I was as organised as you. Great ways to feed your children greens and fruits. I had a fussy eater, so was glad he ate anything really. Keep up the good work.

  25. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    02/02/2018 / 8:11 PM

    Oh, I really need these tips for my growing son. It is really important to feed our children healthy food, like veggies and fruits.

  26. Aimee Bradley
    04/02/2018 / 9:02 PM

    Thanks for this. I’m totally using the chart and starting to meal press and snacks in the fridge.

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