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5 Tips For Raising Healthier Kids Told By A Nutritionist

5 Tips For Raising Healthier Kids Told By A Nutritionist

By: Samantha Creer, RD - 4.24.19

By: Samantha Creer, RD - 4.24.19

                • I want to introduce you to my 5-year-old daughter Emily. I love her to death but sitting down to eat with her is like suiting up for battle. Broccoli? Hah, forget about that! Chicken nuggets? She’ll be there faster than you can finish reading this sentence.
                • I want to introduce you to my 5-year-old daughter Emily. I love her to death but sitting down to eat with her is like suiting up for battle. Broccoli? Hah, forget about that! Chicken nuggets? She’ll be there faster than you can finish reading this sentence.

I want to introduce you to my 5-year-old daughter Emily. I love her to death but sitting down to eat with her is like suiting up for battle. Broccoli? Hah, forget about that! Chicken nuggets? She’ll be there faster than you can finish reading this sentence.

  • As a nutritionist, my clients have always been adults. It wasn’t until I had Emily that I honestly developed a better understanding for our kids nutrition. Here are 5 nutritional tips that have been life-savers for me as I navigate this crazy journey we call motherhood.

 

                • As a nutritionist, my clients have always been adults. It wasn’t until I had Emily that I honestly developed a better understanding for our kids nutrition. Here are 5 nutritional tips that have been life-savers for me as I navigate this crazy journey we call motherhood.
                • As a nutritionist, my clients have always been adults. It wasn’t until I had Emily that I honestly developed a better understanding for our kids nutrition. Here are 5 nutritional tips that have been life-savers for me as I navigate this crazy journey we call motherhood.

1. Make Healthy Fun

1. Make Healthy Fun

We’ve had a lifetime to develop our preferences: what we like...what we don’t. It’s easy when you think from our perspective to just take one bite of spinach or one sip of soup. But for them, they are being introduced to so much change in their early years.

We’ve had a lifetime to develop our preferences: what we like...what we don’t. It’s easy when you think from our perspective to just take one bite of spinach or one sip of soup. But for them, they are being introduced to so much change in their early years.

We’ve had a lifetime to develop our preferences: what we like...what we don’t. It’s easy when you think from our perspective to just take one bite of spinach or one sip of soup. But for them, they are being introduced to so much change in their early years.

(Left - what I was going for...Right - what I achieved)

(Left - what I was going for...Right - what I achieved)

(Left - what I was going for...Right - what I achieved)

Change isn’t easy. It can be tough to deal with. That’s why, when I introduce new foods, I try to make it fun.

Spice it up! Try making thing into a smiley face. Use a plate that has their favorite cartoon on it. It makes things 1,000x times easier and you don’t even have to be Picasso when you do it.

Change isn’t easy. It can be tough to deal with. That’s why, when I introduce new foods, I try to make it fun.

Spice it up! Try making thing into a smiley face. Use a plate that has their favorite cartoon on it. It makes things 1,000x times easier and you don’t even have to be Picasso when you do it.

Change isn’t easy. It can be tough to deal with. That’s why, when I introduce new foods, I try to make it fun.

Spice it up! Try making thing into a smiley face. Use a plate that has their favorite cartoon on it. It makes things 1,000x times easier and you don’t even have to be Picasso when you do it.

2. Patience is Key

2. Patience is Key

2. Patience is Key

Don’t hold your breath and expect fireworks when you first serve something new. What you can do is be patient and slowly transition them over time. With Emily, I tried feeding her celery by making ants on a stick (celery with peanut butter and raisins in the middle). Let me tell you - it did not go well. “Ewww what are those black things!”

Don’t hold your breath and expect fireworks when you first serve something new. What you can do is be patient and slowly transition them over time.

With Emily, I tried feeding her celery by making ants on a stick (celery with peanut butter and raisins in the middle). Let me tell you - it did not go well. “Ewww what are those black things!”

Don’t hold your breath and expect fireworks when you first serve something new. What you can do is be patient and slowly transition them over time.

With Emily, I tried feeding her celery by making ants on a stick (celery with peanut butter and raisins in the middle). Let me tell you - it did not go well. “Ewww what are those black things!”

I didn’t force her to eat it and instead tried a few days later with some dip. She was more open that particular day and now one of her favorite after school snacks is celery! Try, try, and try again. Just because they say no today...doesn’t mean they always will :)

I didn’t force her to eat it and instead tried a few days later with some dip. She was more open that particular day and now one of her favorite after school snacks is celery! Try, try, and try again. Just because they say no today...doesn’t mean they always will :)

I didn’t force her to eat it and instead tried a few days later with some dip. She was more open that particular day and now one of her favorite after school snacks is celery! Try, try, and try again. Just because they say no today...doesn’t mean they always will :)

3. Keep Em' Separate & Simple  

3. Keep Em' Separate & Simple

3. Keep Em' Separate & Simple

I’ve noticed that Emily has done better when I keep foods separate on her plate as opposed to mixing things together like a casserole. Keeping it simple and giving her some choice during meals has really worked well.

I’ve noticed that Emily has done better when I keep foods separate on her plate as opposed to mixing things together like a casserole. Keeping it simple and giving her some choice during meals has really worked well.

I’ve noticed that Emily has done better when I keep foods separate on her plate as opposed to mixing things together like a casserole. Keeping it simple and giving her some choice during meals has really worked well.

My trick is to always include something she has consistently liked so the entire plate isn’t foreign and overwhelming. It's worked like a charm.

My trick is to always include something she has consistently liked so the entire plate isn’t foreign and overwhelming. It's worked like a charm.

My trick is to always include something she has consistently liked so the entire plate isn’t foreign and overwhelming. It's worked like a charm.

4. Everything in Moderation

4. Everything in Moderation

4. Everything in Moderation

Even as a nutritionist, I still let my daughter eat processed snacks and sugary treats. To me, that’s part of growing up and being a kid! Do you remember what we used to eat growing up?!?!

It’s impossible to have them completely avoid “unhealthy” food. On the contrary, I’ve seen parents try and it just completely backfires on them. Kids want some say in their lives and by completely restricting certain things, it makes them that much more interested.

Even as a nutritionist, I still let my daughter eat processed snacks and sugary treats. To me, that’s part of growing up and being a kid! Do you remember what we used to eat growing up?!?!

It’s impossible to have them completely avoid “unhealthy” food. On the contrary, I’ve seen parents try and it just completely backfires on them. Kids want some say in their lives and by completely restricting certain things, it makes them that much more interested.

Even as a nutritionist, I still let my daughter eat processed snacks and sugary treats. To me, that’s part of growing up and being a kid! Do you remember what we used to eat growing up?!?!

It’s impossible to have them completely avoid “unhealthy” food. On the contrary, I’ve seen parents try and it just completely backfires on them.

Kids want some say in their lives and by completely restricting certain things, it makes them that much more interested.

I try to teach Emily that these are treats and that they’re good to have only once in awhile. Anything done to the extreme has unintended consequences. Nutrition isn’t any different. A chocolate bar once in a while isn’t going to be the end of the world.

I try to teach Emily that these are treats and that they’re good to have only once in awhile. Anything done to the extreme has unintended consequences. Nutrition isn’t any different. A chocolate bar once in a while isn’t going to be the end of the world.

I try to teach Emily that these are treats and that they’re good to have only once in awhile.

Anything done to the extreme has unintended consequences. Nutrition isn’t any different. A chocolate bar once in a while isn’t going to be the end of the world.

5. Give Yourself a Helping Hand

5. Give Yourself a Helping Hand

5. Give Yourself a Helping Hand

No matter how much we prioritize our kid’s nutrition, there will be days that we fall short for any number of reasons. It doesn’t make us a bad mother. We’re human. It’s okay.

Vitamins should not replace a balanced diet but I have always felt relieved knowing that when I can’t get the right foods, or enough of the right foods in my kid’s, at least I know they are supplementing with a good vitamin that provides everything they need for the day to stay healthy and continue growing.

Look for one that uses whole ingredients made from real fruits and veggies if possible. Also, ones that are low in sugar. I found these for Emily and have loved them. Not all vitamins are made the same so make sure you do some research.

Humans have lived on this planet for thousands of years and there's no one right answer when it comes to nutrition. I've found these tips have saved a lot of headaches in my family. I hope they can help yours!  

No matter how much we prioritize our kid’s nutrition, there will be days that we fall short for any number of reasons. It doesn’t make us a bad mother. We’re human. It’s okay.

Vitamins should not replace a balanced diet but I have always felt relieved knowing that when I can’t get the right foods, or enough of the right foods in my kid’s, at least I know they are supplementing with a good vitamin that provides everything they need for the day to stay healthy and continue growing.

No matter how much we prioritize our kid’s nutrition, there will be days that we fall short for any number of reasons. It doesn’t make us a bad mother. We’re human. It’s okay.

Vitamins should not replace a balanced diet but I have always felt relieved knowing that when I can’t get the right foods, or enough of the right foods in my kid’s, at least I know they are supplementing with a good vitamin that provides everything they need for the day to stay healthy and continue growing.

Look for one that uses whole ingredients made from real fruits and veggies if possible. Also, ones that are low in sugar. I found these for Emily and have loved them. Not all vitamins are made the same so make sure you do some research.

Humans have lived on this planet for thousands of years and there's no one right answer when it comes to nutrition. I've found these tips have saved a lot of headaches in my family. I hope they can help yours!  

Look for one that uses whole ingredients made from real fruits and veggies if possible. Also, ones that are low in sugar.

I found these for Emily and have loved them. Not all vitamins are made the same so make sure you do some research.

Humans have lived on this planet for thousands of years and there's no one right answer when it comes to nutrition. I've found these tips have saved a lot of headaches in my family. I hope they can help yours!


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