Healthy Kids

Authored by: Gail Anderson, RD, U of MN Public Health Nutrition student

It is important for kids to have healthy role models. When kids see their parents and siblings eating healthy, they are much more likely to eat healthy themselves. Kids who eat a variety of foods are more likely to enjoy mealtime and they will also get a variety of nutrients as well. Stocking up on items from the farmers market is a perfect way to get tasty, high quality produce for your family. Here are some tips to encourage your little ones to eat plenty of fruits and veggies:

  • Stock your cupboard, refrigerator, and freezer with plenty of fruits and vegetables (canned, fresh, frozen, etc.)
  • Be a good example – your child will see you eating fruits and vegetables and want to do the same
  • Don’t be a “short-order cook”. Prepare the same meal for everyone, rather than letting each person choose their own dish
  • Bring healthy snacks with you when you are on the run
  • Enjoy meals together as a family and make meal time special for your family to connect with each other
  • Invite your child to create creative snack or meal ideas with you
  • Don’t give up. It may take numerous attempts before a child acquires a taste for a particular food
  • Offer fruits and vegetables at each meal. Kids will get acquainted with them easier if they are made available regularly.

Check out My Pyramid for a good resource on childhood nutrition
Click here for a MyPyramid coloring sheet to do with your child