Healthy Eating for Children

Making Meals Matter

Making Meals Matter BookletsFeeding children isn't always easy. Whether you’re dealing with a picky eater or a busy schedule getting a nutritious meal on the table—one that your kids will actually eat—can be a challenge. The plan you developed with the Making Meals Matter or Healthy Eating for Busy Families Booklet is a great start! This page can help you carry out your plan and sustain it over time. 

While each child is different, there are some standard ways to help kids develop healthy eating habits. A positive and realistic approach where the parent acts as a role model will get the best results. These articles and tip sheets can help you take healthy eating to the next level!

Healthy Role Model

Healthy Role ModelChildren taste and accept foods at different rates. While it may feel like it takes forever for your child to enjoy a range of foods, remind yourself that no healthy child will starve themselves. Your role is to serve meals and snacks with all five food groups. Include a couple of safe foods you know they enjoy at meals. Most important is for you to sit down and eat with your child. When they see you eating and enjoying foods, know that when children are ready, they will try foods on their terms. 

Get Tips For Creating Healthy Snacks and Meals For Kids

Nearly 40 percent of foods kids eat are from empty calories. You can make a difference by serving foods that taste great and provide good nutrition without as many solid fats and added sugars. 

Family Meals

Try to eat with family members as often as possible—it develops healthier and more successful kids.

Learn how to meal plan for your family. Find quick meals for busy nights.