ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Healthy Eating Habits for Kids - Help Your Children Develop Healthy Habits

Updated on June 4, 2013
Lily Rose profile image

I am a mom of two beautiful girls (10 & 12). We love to read, play, cook, shop and have fun together. I love to share great products/toys.

Get your kids to love eating healthy!
Get your kids to love eating healthy!

With the following, I hope you feel empowered and inspired to take a few simple steps to better health, for you and your children!

It is well known that the majority of disease is preventable through good nutrition. Good nutrition and other important health habits are best established in childhood. Parental support and involvement are essential to successfully establishing good health habits for children.

Imagine a world in which your kids have a healthy start each day and you can’t remember the last time your child was sick! Imagine your kids eat their vegetables – even the green ones! Simple changes can make a huge difference.

Muffin tin meals; kids love to eat like this - you could also use an ice cube tray! (See #4 just below)
Muffin tin meals; kids love to eat like this - you could also use an ice cube tray! (See #4 just below)

Here are a few tips to help improve your child’s eating habits:

  1. Model wise nutritional choices. Just as you should model good behavior for your children, this is just as important. Refuse to purchase junk food and your child will have to get used to choosing healthy alternatives.
  2. Shape tastes when they’re young – you have a golden opportunity to influence your child’s lifelong eating habits by starting early. If your kids are brought up used to the tastes of freshly prepared foods that are unsalted and unsweetened, they’ll most likely not care for artificial tastes later in life.
  3. Don’t give in! Learn to say no, especially at the grocery store, even if your child throws a tantrum for candy – preprogram them to expect only healthy treats, like string cheese or all-natural rolled fruit snacks.
  4. Kids love to have fun with food, so be creative in the way it’s presented to them. Kids also love to “dip” food, so give them different dips, like hummus, guacamole and yogurt or a cheese sauce to dip veggies into. Kids also love the novelty of eating from something different – use an ice cube tray or a muffin tin filled with assorted healthy foods and dips for their meal.  This concept can also be used for snacks - fill the separate areas with healthy snacks and leave it out on the table so your child can "graze" throughout the day.
  5. Start the water habit early! With babies, it should be the first thing offered after breast milk or formula. Hold off on juices. If your child has already gotten used to sweetened drinks such as juice, then first of all be sure you’re giving your child 100 percent fruit juice with no added sugar or artificial colors. Next, gradually water it down until the juice is mostly water.
  6. Use creative language for healthy foods, like “grow food” – all kids love to hear about growing and if you convince them that they need “grow food” to grow instead of junk food, you’re off to a good start!
  7. Many people shy away from more nutritious choices due to budgetary constraints, but if at all possible, spend a little more to make sure you’re getting nutritious options such as whole-grain crackers and breads, no-sugar-added 100 percent fruit juices and organically grown produce. In the long run, you’ll be spending a lot less on doctor bills – so spend it on your kids’ health instead!
  8. Make sure you’re well aware to be safe with foods that can cause choking in children: cherries with pits, hard candy, mouthfuls of raisins, stringy foods, whole grapes, meat chunks, nuts, globs of peanut butter, popcorn, whole olives and raw fruits and vegetables that are not shredded, sliced wafer thin or steamed. Hot dogs are neither nutritious nor safe, but many kids are fed hot dogs. They are full of nitrites and sodium, and are sized just right to get lodged in a child’s windpipe. If you insist on feeding your child a hot dog, slice it lengthwise in long noodle-like strips – and consider trying a nitrite-free or veggie version.
  9. Get your child’s brain and body off to a good start each day with a nutritious breakfast. If you’re too rushed or your child refuses to eat breakfast, try a healthy breakfast smoothie – it’s a great way to get protein, carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats into your child when they wake up with not much of an appetite.

Eat Healthy, Feel Great (Sears Children Library)
Eat Healthy, Feel Great (Sears Children Library)

This book is one of my favorites - it is a great book to read to and with your child!

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kelsey Farrell profile image

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 

      3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great advice, my own mom started me on the water kick when I was young, and to this day she always comments about how even as a kid I was never very interested in soda or juices.

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      7 years ago from A Coast

      Thanks, jn72writes!

    • jm72writes profile image

      jm72writes 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      I loved the heart food image, too. Great article, very informative and fun to read.

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      7 years ago from A Coast

      I love that one, too, and it's perfect for how my kids eat!

    • pocketsaviour profile image

      pocketsaviour 

      7 years ago from Derby, UK

      Thanks for the tips. The one about using muffin tins is great!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Terrific advice, Lily. Getting picky eaters to eat healthy is an enormous challenge.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a well research, well written and the lots of useful tips.

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      8 years ago from A Coast

      Thanks, Debbie - and good for you to be helping your grandkids stay healthy! I'm glad you enjoyed the video; he has many and this is just one of a series. It was hard to chose just one!

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      I love the Heart - Food image. Nice way to start. These ideas are familiar to me from when my kids were in elementary school. Now my grandchildren are learning about good nutrition by visiting grandma's house!

      #OMG - everyone needs to watch the video of Dr Katz. There is NO JUICE in the juice box. Many people do not read the labels. I love this video. Excellent. He even talks about partially-hydrogenated-oils that gum up blood vessels, so that no oxygen can get to the cells. LOL. This is so educational.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)