It all started six years ago when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. Coming from the food industry, and being a self professed foodie, I thought a lot about how and what we were going to feed our little babe. I was so very idealistic (as we all are with our first), and was pretty good about following through with our no sugar/no junk/no processed food goal… for a while that is.
Around two years old, that plan ended up back-firing and our baby became that kid that would only eat boxed mac and cheese (at least it was Annie’s), chicken tenders, and quesadillas. So with baby number two, we decided to go a different route. (Have you heard of Bably Led Weaning?) It was working great, but we also found ourselves being much more lenient in the junk food department.
One day it hit me. I needed a reset. Life gets so crazy that we tend to let our guards down, which is totally fine, but I wanted to ground myself a bit and get back to what I truly believe in. So I reached out to some fellow parents and bloggers to get their thoughts on the subject of healthy eating habits for kids.
Why Healthy Eating Habits?
I’ve gotta be honest, when I sat down to write this post a while ago, I was feeling a little soap box-y. I wanted to impart my words of wisdom on the importance of healthy eating habits. But after reading all these wonderful articles from other like minded people, I realized that there are so many ways to go about this whole thing, and that my way isn’t necessarily the be-all-end-all.
So I want to share with you some of the amazing resources I found in hopes that maybe one of them will help guide you along the way. What works for one family may not work for the other. Whether you’re starting from the beginning, planning your healthy eating attack for your first, or like us just needing to rein the bad habits back in a bit, there’s bound to be something here that can help you.
37 Resources for Healthy Eating Habits for Kids
(Be sure to check them all out, you’ll notice parts of the last three showing up throughout the list)
- From Kelly’s Classrom – Crunch! Put a Stop to Picky Eating
- From What’s Cooking with Kids – Kids Cook with Books
- I love love love this bingo game, also from What’s Cooking with Kids – Food Group Bingo
- One more from her, here’s a Cooking with Kids Made Easy Challenge
- Healthy Eating Tips from Danya Banya
- And I’m laminating these 14 Food Additives to Avoid.
- Cutting Tiny Bites put together this great list of Books About Healthy Eating for Kids.
- Kids Chaos came up with The Science of Perfect Porridge.
- Great reminder to drink more water from Happy Kids Busy Mom – Kids and Drinking H2O – Are They Getting Enough?
- There’s this method from Little Sprouts Learning of Getting Picky Kids to Eat Healthy – Hiding Vegetables,
- Another one from Little Sprouts Learning – Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Food? Yeah Right.
- Mosswood Connections tells us how much sugar is too much in Sugar Anyone?
- Here’s a perspective from Krafty Kids at Home on Why I Don’t Nag My Children to Eat.
- And she explains Why Bother to Feed Your Kids a Healthy Diet.
- As well as What is a Healthy Diet for Children.
- Adventure in a Box tells us how to make a cute DIY Food Face Plate: for Nutritious and Beautiful Meals.
- Tiny Tummy Tales has tips on how to reduce sugar with 7 Different Ways to Reduce Sugar in Your Kids’ Food.
- Every Star is Different helps us overcome When Food is Your Child’s Enemy.
- Kara Carrero from Extremely Good Parenting has the following 4 articles that are awesome: How to Reduce Sugar Intake in Kids Through Playing & Learning.
- Why Your Kids Should Be Doing Whole 30 With You.
- Love this one – Non-GMO Kids – Tips for Kids to Eat Healthy.
- And Kara has these Healthy Toddler Snacks ideas.
- Dr. Orlena Kerek and Betsy of Betsy Finn Photography make some great points in Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Food.
- The Craft Train has these really fun Healthy Eating Printable Activities for Preschoolers.
- She also creates beautiful and fun Healthy Food Art.
- Living, Loving, Laughing Together makes some really good points in Growing Happy Healthy Eaters for Life.
- Here’s a fun recipe from Living Montessori Now that you can bake with your kids – Healthy Yummy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins.
- And who says you shouldn’t play with your food? Here’s some Montessori Inspired Food Art also from Living Montessori.
- From A Little Pinch of Perfect – Science for Kids: Learning About the 5 Food Groups Plus Printable.
- Check this out from Paula Rollo at Beauty Through Imperfection – How to Get Picky Eaters to Enjoy Their Veggies.
- She’s also gathered 100 Ways Your Kids Will Actually Eat Vegetables.
- The Soccer Mom Blog shows us 5 Ways to Teach Kids Healthy Sugar Habits…
- What To Do When Your Toddler Won’t Eat Vegetables…
- And The One Thing That Kept Her Toddler From Sleeping Through the Night.
- I saved the motherload of healthy eating tips for last. Dr. Orlena Kerek run Snotty Noses, which is ALL ABOUT healthy eating habits for kids. Here’s her Healthy Eating Habits for Kids page.
- And Everything You Need to Know About Your Toddler That Won’t Eat.
- Finally, The Simple Truth About Kids, Sugar, and Salt. And What to Do About It.
Now that you’re armed with an over-abundance of resources, hopefully you’re able to find something that helps you in your journey for better eating.
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