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9 Ways to Take the Anxiety Out of Nutrition for Kids

Try these low-stress strategies. Plus, 5 kid-friendly recipes.

By Alex Picot-Annand, RHN, Pn2

 

If you’ve ever offered a low-key bribe to get your little ones to eat their vegetables (okay, or a trip to Disney), you know the frustration and anxiety parents and caregivers face around kids’ nutrition.

“Are they eating enough?”

“Are they getting the right nutrients?”

“Why won’t they eat anything green??”

“Am I failing as a parent???”

“WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE ANYWAY?!”

We feel you.

The good news: It is possible to help kids get the nutrients they need without everything being perfect. Because let’s face it: When does that ever happen?

We’ve worked with over 100,000 clients—many of whom are parents and guardians looking to bring more peace to mealtime and more vegetables to their fridge.

Here’s what we tell them: You don’t need to win the Best School Lunch contest, make the world’s healthiest family dinners, or demand your kids eat a heaping plateful of vegetables.

Instead, we recommend another approach: Be gently persistent and take the long view.

When kids have some choice and control, a basic understanding of why nutrition matters and a safe, low-stress environment to try some food experiments… a lot can change. (For the better.)

Check out the infographic below for nine ways to help your little ones make healthier food choices on their own.

Plus, five recipes that draw on family-favorite foods that most kids will love. No bribery required.

Download the tablet or printer-friendly infographic to share it with friends, family, or (if you’re a coach) clients.

Nutrition for kids can feel like advanced algebra thanks to picky eaters and hectic schedules. Try these low-stress strategies, plus 5 kid-friendly recipes.

 

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