Feeding kids can be downright difficult. And frustrating. And worrisome. Are they eating enough? Are they eating too much? Why won’t they eat the food I make? Are they getting the nutrients they need?
I want to make it easy for you. Food and meal times should be enjoyable and a time to connect with family! (Not always realistic, but a goal to strive for, right?) I’m here to help you feed your family nutritious, well-balanced meals that are, most-importantly, EASY! Questions or requests? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
My Approach to Feeding Kids
Ellyn Satter Institute: Satter is a registered dietitian and family therapist that I’ve followed for years, whose mission is to “help adults and children be joyful and confident with eating.” What I like about her method is that the parent/caretaker role is responsible for the what, when, where aspect of the meal and the child is responsible for the how much and whether to eat the foods offered. I’ve found that it’s so helpful to have a framework to refer to when kids are crying for snacks or a certain food – YOU are responsible for deciding what they eat. (I do still think letting toddlers make decisions is important, so I’ll give choices like “toast or waffle?”). Satter is a BIG proponent of eating together as a family, and that sitting together is more important than the food on the table itself. If meal times are a struggle, definitely check out her information!
One-Bite Rule: this goes against Satter’s method a bit, but it’s important to me that my kids try – and eat – a variety of foods. If they want more of something (pasta), they’ll have to eat a few bites of something else (vegetable).
Getting to Yum: The 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters*: this French method of food for families is one that I adore and it’s what inspired me to start my kids on vegetables instead of the typical fruits and/or cereals. From the first-bite of solid food at six months, I made purées that were vegetable-based and full of flavors like basil, curry, and african peanut stew. (Recipes below!) You always want to defer to your Pediatrician, but there’s no reason to skimp on flavor – they just don’t need added salt or sugar.
Baby Food Recipes: (many of these come from my instagram account, follow me there to see what our family is eating!)
Baby Bolognese (A vegetarian pasta sauce full of veggies!)
Toddler & Kid Food Recipes:
Below are the products* that I’ve found to be incredibly helpful when feeding kids!
And if you’re looking for even more ideas, follow my Feeding Kids board on pinterest!