I recently read that by the time a child reaches the age of six, he/she has likely developed eating habits for life. Wow. My kids are one and two, so I still have time to make sure they are on the right path!
I desperately want to instill good eating habits in both Mister and Sister. Our biggest problem is snack time. Mister wants cookies, animal crackers, or chips for snacks. He will eat healthier fair for meals, such as fruit, veggies, and meat. But when it comes to snacks, he thinks that he has to have the junk. Not that cookies, animal crackers, or chips are inherently bad… but he doesn’t need them for everyday snacks.
While crawling the web for tips on instilling healthy eating habits, I found SuperKidsNutrition.com. They have an article on 5 Easy and Early Steps to Raising a Good Eater, authored by Debra Waldoks, MPH, RD, CLC.
I was reassured by her tip that a child’s refusal to eat a food does not necessarily mean that the child dislikes the food. Did you know that it can take 12-15 times for a child to develop a taste for a new food? And for those who are change resistant, maybe even more? She also mentioned that you should never tell a child that someone else doesn’t like a food, because the child will not like the food either.
I found this to be true with Mister. If I say, “Daddy doesn’t like vegetables,” Mister goes on a vegetable strike. But if I tell him, “Daddy really likes green peas,” he will eat a whole bowl full.
So, what’s in a snack?
I also found this article, Meal Tips: Grab-n-Go Snacks for Toddlers, by Melissa Ohlson. I will be trying the fruit dipped yogurt and the steamed edamame with the kids. We know they like freeze dried and fresh fruit, so I am also stocking up.
Check out SuperKidsNutrition.com for more tips on getting your kid to be a healthy eater!
Lady V dZine