Fun Ways to Get Young Children to Eat Healthier

Thanksgiving joyWe love to encourage drinking our juices for health reasons, but it’s also important to maintain a healthy diet of food with those juices!  Unfortunately when you have kids they tend to be a little more on the picky side so it’s important to find innovative ways to coax them into eating food, and we have a guest blogger this week to help with those suggestions.

Healthy Eating For Kids

Combine a crazy family schedule with the amount of processed and junk food on the market, and one can see why it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet in the average household.  But, children learn from the meals you offer, the way you serve food, the way you shop, and the examples you set. Early habits can last a lifetime, so it’s never too early to make a change. Try these 4 ways to get young children to eat healthier.

Get Creative

Design silly food faces out of fresh fruit and vegetable slices. Come up with amusing, ridiculous names and descriptions for the healthy foods you prepare. Celery and raisins become “ants on a log,” peanut butter and pretzels can be “mud on a stick,” and spaghetti with sauce can turn into “wiggly worms.” Take Goldfish swimming in a new soup. Wash raisins down with water because they are thirsty grapes.

Explore  Healthy Foods Through  Picture Books

Find coloring books, puzzle books, sticker books, or picture books that introduce fruits and vegetables as characters, and relate interesting stories to the healthy foods you can try. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” explores the life-cycle of a caterpillar after he eats his way through different foods. “We Eat Food That’s Fresh” uses a whimsical chef to introduce new fruits and veggies to kids. Peas are a food made out of green in the book “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”.

Serve the Vegetables as an Appetizer

If the veggies are served before the rest of the meal, you remove all other options.

Pack Snacks Together

When planning your day inside or outside of your home, encourage your children to help with packing and bagging individual portions of fruits, chilled veggies, cheese sticks, crackers, raisins, dried fruits, trail mix, water, 100% juice boxes, and other good choices. Place them in a special bin in the refrigerator or lunch bag. These are the images your children will carry with them throughout their day. When they crave a snack, they will choose wisely and eat proper portions.

Don’t forget to talk to your children about why you select the foods you do, and continue to remind them how important it is to fuel their bodies with healthy choices. In the end, it is the adult in the home who makes the choices.

Angela Russ-Ayon, Author at “Russ InVision Company”


About The Author: Angela Russ is a mom-preneur, children’s author, public speaker, and award-winning artist/producer of interactive music for young children. She speaks nationwide on the subject of child development and is the sole-owner of the Russ InVision record label, on the web at © 2012 Russ InVision. All rights reserved. Photo courtesy of Illustration by Cathy June at

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