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8 Tips for Kids to Improve the Health of Kids Who Are Picky Eaters

8 ways to keep your picky eaters healthy. Parents of all kids but especially young children and toddlers need tips and suggestions for feeding their picky eaters - and encouraging them to eat good food. Including ideas for extreme cases. Great family resources.

My kids subscribe to a special diet. I regretfully call it the chicken nuggets and french fries diet.

I feel like we do everything right, but they are at a stage where they want to eat all the world's fake food, and they refuse to eat anything else.

I jest. There are plenty of things they eat besides chicken nuggets and french fries (mostly because I only allow them to eat those once a day, and not even every day).how to improve your kids health

During this season of their life, I have a few strategies to keep them healthy.

  1. Feed them L'il Critters Gummy Vites Complete. Allie's favorite line is 2 is ‘nough. She knows she's allowed to have 2 gummy bear vitamins per day. They aren't intended to treat or cure any disease, but they add healthy nutrients that they otherwise might not get. The best thing is that they're real gummies – no water or pills are required for them to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients.
  2. Keep them active. Kids who get lots of exercise get hungrier than kids who lay around. Hungry kids are more likely to eat whatever healthy food you put in front of them.
  3. Offer lots of low-fat dairy products. My kids love yogurt mixed with fruit, and they love milk and cheese. Go for lower fat options when you can, but dairy is an important part of a healthy diet.
  4. Start small. My kids love fruit, so I offer them fruit with every meal. It's a move in the right direction.
  5. Offer healthy food at every meal. In addition to fruit, I offer them a small amount of vegetables at most meals. It might be a few broccoli florets or some carrot sticks, but it's on their plate.
  6. Forget the power struggles. Some kids won't eat the healthy foods simply because you say they have to. Put the healthy foods on their plates, but don't tell them that they have to eat it. Maybe they'll eat it; maybe they won't eat it. Pretend you don't care one way or the other.
  7. Lose  the junk food. If there are no chicken nuggets to eat, and they are hungry, your kids are going to eat whatever you put in front of them.
  8. Hide the vegetables. The goal is to get some veggies into their bellies, right? Ultimately, I want them to eat vegetables because they like them, which is why I put a small amount on their plates. However, I am not above hiding veggies to trick them into eating them. Minced onion cooked with ground beef or shredded chicken. Pureed squash mixed with spaghetti sauce or the cheese sauce in mac and cheese. Pureed soups (like this cheesy cauliflower soup.) Brands of juice that include veggies in the fruit juice. I try all sorts of things. The trick is not to put in so much that they notice, but enough that they get a healthy serving.

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76 thoughts on “8 Tips for Kids to Improve the Health of Kids Who Are Picky Eaters”

  1. we go to the gym everyday, and we put the kids in the kid gym where they get to work out and have fun !:) works perfectly every work week day

  2. We cook a lot! That helps us avoid all the harmful ingredients in processed food and allow us to pack tons of fruits and veggies into our daily diet.

  3. One way I try to incorporate healthy foods into my son’s life is to let him pick out a healthy recipe for us to make. He loves to cook, so he is more likely to try and eat foods that he has helped prepare!

  4. We participate in outdoor activities as a family like sports. We also eat and maintain healthy diet. And when cooking at home I sneak in the veggies into recipes without the kids suspecting a thing. We make most of our meals in our home, and limit takeout.

  5. You know how they say you shouldn’t snack in front of the TV? I use that to my advantage and give them bowls of baby carrots, cucumbers, etc. which they mindlessly eat while they watch.

  6. My tips are to stay active, take a daily vitamin, eat whole foods and lots of veggies/fruits and always make sure to wash your hands.

  7. We take a multivitamins vitamin, drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and get daily exercise.

  8. Dr. Christopher’s kid-e-mins are an awesome whole food liquid vitamin full of amazing greens that I would never get my toddler to eat, like kale, spirulina, and many more. I mix it in his milk and juice, and sometimes mine 🙂

  9. Great ideas! I found an organic chocolate flavored drink box for kids made w all natural protein/vege/fruit blend, and they love it. Nice to find ways to get good things in their belly! They still get vitamin gummies too!

  10. I make all of our food and have been working to get all the processed food out of our diet. We have a couple acres of land and the kids are outside all the time. My boys love baseball and have been playing soccer also.

  11. We try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by drinking lots of water, taking regular exercise and being careful about what we eat. We also include multi vitamins of course 🙂

  12. we eat more fruit, veggies, healthy snacks and drink lots of water. we try to go on daily walks.

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  13. Take lots of walks and drink lots of water! Keep healthy food in the house because if it’s there– you eat it. 🙂

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