Healthy Eating Habits

Making sure your child has proper nutrition can prove frustrating, particularly when that child is a picky eater. Children need the energy from nutritious foods to sustain play and exercise. So what’s a mother to do? We asked some local experts, a pediatrician and a few mothers, for first-hand tips on healthier eating habits for kids. It was a messy affair. :)


The following tips can help assure that your child is eating healthy.

Parents don’t have to be overwhelmed or stressed-out trying to provide proper nutrition for their kids, says Paul Leland, DO, of Southeast Pediatrics. With a little effort, your children can be eating a healthier diet. The following tips can help assure that your child is eating healthy.



Stick to your routine. Serve meals and snacks about the same times daily. Provide juice or milk with the food, and offer water between meals and snacks.


Partner new foods with your child’s favorite foods.

Be patient with new healthy foods. Young kids often touch or smell new foods. Encourage your son or daughter by talking about a food’s color, shape and texture. Partner new foods with your child’s favorite foods.



Make it fun. Cut healthier food choices into various shapes with cookie cutters. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.



Recruit your child’s help. At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods.



Set a good example. Parents should be good role models by eating healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables.


For a toddler, a serving should be about a fourth of the portion appropriate for an adult.

Provide a proper serving. For a toddler, a serving should be about a fourth of the portion appropriate for an adult. A serving of vegetables for a toddler would be about 1 to 2 tablespoons. For meat, a serving might be about the size of the child’s palm.



...if you think taking candy away from a baby makes them cry, try pulling a slice of fresh watermelon away even for a second to just clean off some grass. Yikes!

We met up with a few local mothers to find out what they are doing to keep their kids healthy and strong. We offered the kids a slice of watermelon and they w