Kim GregoryComment

How to... win mealtime battles

Kim GregoryComment
How to... win mealtime battles

Start early to encourage your kids to eat healthily

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Focus on a balance of foods every day

Include foods from the main four food groups — starchy foods like bread and pasta; fruits and vegetables; dairy foods; and protein and iron-rich foods such as nuts, beans, lentils, eggs, meat and fish.


Establish a routine around meal and snack times

It’s a good idea to have a routine so children learn when to expect food. This helps develop an appetite and a good awareness of hunger signals in the body.


Avoid too many foods that are high in sugar and salt

Crisps, sweets, cakes and biscuits are fine occasionally but, if eaten too often, can displace more nutrient-rich foods.


Take the pressure off mealtimes

Take a step back and enjoy the time together, without pressuring children to eat everything on their plate.


Be a role model

Eat well yourself. Children learn by copying those around them, including parents.


Avoid talking negatively about food or body image

Explain that we all have different shapes and sizes to encourage body confidence.  


Make food fun

Use picnics and blindfold taste tests to get kids enjoying a mix of delicious, healthy foods.