A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that kids “are more likely to overeat when they are upset, especially if their parents have used food as a reward in the past. The study notes that stress eating is a learned and unnatural behavior, since stress and emotional turmoil usually reduce appetite, rather than increasing it.”
The study found that “children were much more likely to stress eat if their parents over-controlled their eating, by doing things like using food as a reward or withholding food for health reasons. According to the researchers, these practices can override children’s natural hunger instincts, instead making food into a reward or an emotional comfort.”
So, teach your children to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full and remind them that we eat to nourish our bodies with friends and family at the table, not because of good behavior or as a reward for anything else. For more, click here.
First Bites is a non-profit organization that runs programs in preschools and early childcare centers to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the program and for more ideas on what and how to feed children, visit firstbites.org, Facebook.com/YourFirstBites or follow us on Twitter @FirstBites.
By now, the benefits of healthy food – and especially a diet low in highly processed food, sugar and salt, and high in fruits and vegetables and minimally processed food – is well established. And, as I’ve written here before, cooking with children is a great way to get them excited about eating healthy food. continued>Read More
Tips to Create a Fun and Relaxed Meal Time for Your Family
Research indicates that children are more likely to try new food if they feel like they are in safe environment. Three tips to keep meals fun and safe...Read More
The best way to encourage children to eat a more varied diet? Have them help cook.
Now that it’s Spring and the days are longer, we all want to be outside, enjoying the sun, not inside cooking! Here are three quick and easy dinner ideas that kids can help make themselves (and enjoy eating!)Read More
ou may have seen the major national news last week - a US-government appointed scientific panel released a 600-page report that will inform America's new dietary guidelines.
What’s in: eating a more plant-based diet (good for your body & the earth), eggs, alcohol and coffee (ok in moderation)!
What’s out: red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened foods and beverages and refined grains.Read More
The battle over vegetables often takes place at the dinner table. It’s the end of the day, kids are tired, parents are tired. The realization that kids may not have eaten enough veggies hits us and we try to play catchup at dinner.
An easy way to introduce more veggies at dinner is to serve a first course...Read More
Snacks have become the new 4th meal. As kids get in the car, or stroller, they almost instinctively ask for a snack. Snacking, especially for young kids, can be an important way to handle hunger, but it can also derail meal times and be a source of empty calories. Here are some suggestions to handle snack time...Read More
Should You Reward Children for Eating Healthy Food?
Does this sound familiar? “You can have dessert but you have to eat your broccoli first.” OR “If you eat your broccoli, then can have more bread” And, in many cases, the child eats the broccoli and we, as parents, feel satisfied. But is this really the best way to teach our children to eat broccoli?Read More
It’s a new year, and a time when many set resolutions and goals. Regardless of whether or not you set resolutions, it’s a good reminder that behaviors and habits can be changed! If there are things you’d like to adjust in how you feed your children, consider these simple suggestions...Read More
Hanukah is the perfect time to introduce new veggies to your kids! Instead of traditional potato latkes, sub potatoes for sweet potatoes (or try half potatoes and half sweet potatoes!). Make a few with parsnips, carrots and/or beets. Let your children pick their own combinations and then have them rate the flavors and pick their favorites! Getting children involved and giving them an opportunity to voice an opinion is key to expanding their palate.Read More
It’s cold and the holidays are upon us! Before we dive into jelly donuts and comforting chocolate cake, consider this: preschoolers should consume no more than 4 teaspoons (or 16 grams) of added sugar a day. Yet the American Heart Association found that children between the ages of one-three consume around 12 teaspoons of sugar a day and four-eight year olds consume 21 teaspoons a day.
Click below for some easy ways to decrease the sugar in your life.
“Picky Eating” and Control
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to get your child in a car seat when they don’t want to be in the car? It’s nearly impossible. The same can be said for getting your child to eat something they don’t want. They shut their mouths and there is very little you can – or should – do. For many, picky eating is about control.*Read More
“Picky Eating” and Variety
One of the most common complaints we hear from parents is that their children only eat a small number of foods – they lack variety! A great way to expand your child’s palette is to encourage variety from within the range of foods they already eat. If they love ice cream, let them select a new flavor. If they love cheese, take them to the store and let them pick a new cheese – any cheese – to try. If they are big cereal eaters, let them pick a new kind and encourage them to eat different kinds of cereal every day. Encouraging variety with safe and familiar foods is a great way to get your children used to eating something new, and, ultimately, lay the foundation for expanding beyond well-liked foods. continued >Read More
"Picky Eating:” Making Food More Familiar
One of the best ways to encourage your children to expand their palates is to make food more familiar. So start with something they like, and bridge to something new. If they like potatoes, try sweet potato. If they like sweet potato, try butternut squash. If they like carrots, try parsnips. Serve these foods together – something new with and something familiar and talk about the differences – color, size, smell, shape. continued >Read More
Does your child only eat certain foods (I’m talking about you nuggets/pasta/pizza!)? Is your child very reluctant to try anything new? Do you find yourself worried about what your child will eat at a friend’s house or when you go to family for dinner? For the next few weeks, we’ll provide tips and strategies to help you and your child at meal time. continued >Read More
Looking for snack ideas for your child’s classroom? Download and print our snack list with 60+ healthy, nut-free snack ideas. Trying to mix it up? Consider frozen fruit! Or bring in corn cakes, instead of rice cakes! Want to make it more fun? Bring in some cinnamon and let the class sprinkle some on plain cream cheese or ricotta cheese. continued >Read More
Looking for kid-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy? Eager for tips to make meal-time more pleasant? Or ways to encourage your children to eat more healthy food?
In each issue of Ma Hadash, you will find quick and easy healthy recipes as well as tips and advice to help you teach your children healthy eating habits. If you have questions or a topic you’d like us to cover, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This summer, make eating fruits and veggies fun! Try one of these fun ways to get your kids in the kitchen and more excited about fruits and veggies. For more ideas on how to make changes to what and how you feed your children, check us out at FirstBites.organd follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/YourFirstBites.
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Looking for new ways to increase how many vegetables your children eat? Consider what they do in Israel: serve veggies for breakfast! In addition to serving eggs and cheese, Israeli breakfasts almost always include an Israeli salad (made with diced cucumbers and tomatoes), and frequently include peppers, radishes and carrots. By adding them to breakfast, you are taking advantage of this meal occasion and can start your day knowing your family is fueled with vegetables! continued >Read More