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Getting Your Kids To Eat!

Why is it so challenging to get your kids to eat? I mean we prep them a meal fit for a King, and nothing.....two, maybe three bites. It's frustrating! And, makes it hard to give them adequate nutrition. 

These FEEDING HACKS are a sure way to get your children the nutrition they need in every meal.

Don't Sleep On Snacks!

Sometimes children, especially babies and toddlers just want snacks. I use this opportunity to make sure my children get the nutrients they need. 

Here's the template for the perfect snack, choose 1 from each category:

1. Sweet (fruit, smoothie)

2. Salty (chips, peanuts, pretzels, etc)

3. Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, etc)

Offer snacks about 3 times a day!

Easy Meals

 Obviously, your little one can't survive solely on snacks. I mean, they could, but it's a good idea to feed them something of substance. This is where it gets tricky because my kids are PICKY PICKY EATERS. 

I've found two things helpful in getting them to eat:

1. Structured Meals

2. Cooking & Eating Together

Structure your meals using this format:

  • Protein/Meat (fish, chicken, beef, pork)
  • Carbs (potatoes, noodles, rice, bread)
  • Produce (veggies or fruit)
  • Dessert

Structure your dinners by themes:

  • Taco Night
  • Chili Night
  • Burger Night
  • Spaghetti Night

Offer your child their meals around the same time every day. This gets them into a routine, so they expect to eat a meal around these times. 

Cook and eat together as a family. I notice that my children eat better when they are apart of the preparation process. Granted, they are 1 year old and 2 years old; but, my husband and I give them dinner assignments they can handle. After dinner is cooked, we all sit to eat. Eating as a family is a bonding experience. Your child will begin to make positive associations with eating which promotes a healthy relationship with food.

It's not easy dealing with picky eaters but with patience and options it's enjoyable.