The information in the previous article is all well and good, you know WHAT children need to be eating, but HOW do you get your kids to eat more of things they need? In my experience, a few things are key: exposure, small switches, structured choices, getting kids involved, and a no-pressure approach.
I am often asked what to feed kids and how to get them to eat more healthful foods. Some kids are super picky eaters from the get-go, while others have just got used to having a certain set of options every night and aren’t really willing to stray beyond those. In other families, kids are fairly open to new flavors and parents simply want ideas for kid-friendly foods, while others need guidance on providing a more balanced diet. So, there’s a what and a how of feeding children, and I’ll address both. In this article I’ll start with what to feed kids to help them grow and thrive, and in the next part I’ll talk about how.
Six types foods and nutrients are consistently lacking in kids' diets, two nutrients that you might be mindful of are usually adequate, and two more are often excessive (and hidden everywhere). Here's a quick run down!
It’s really common for toddlers and preschoolers to have trouble pooping, and I am frequently asked about how to resolve children’s constipation. It can be emotional and exhausting for all involved - the upset, the denial, the hopping and wiggling, the lethargy and low appetite. This has come up again recently (including with my own kids!) during quarantine, and there’s a couple of reasons that might be: change from our regular routine, different foods due to reduced availability, lower activity levels due to stay-at-home orders, and maybe some household stress in the mix too. I’m going to run through some of the reasons that kids have trouble going to the bathroom, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and some of the solutions. Fair warning, there is lots of poop talk ahead!
Hi, I'm Amy. I'm a nutritionist in the DC area, working with clients of all ages: from prenatal and pediatric, through to post-menopausal and geriatric. I'm all about straightforward, evidence-based health & wellness advice - because life in the modern world is complicated enough!