What your child eats is important for being healthy. How kids eat is important too!

  • Eat foods that have fiber, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta).
  • Keep fruits and vegetables where your child can get them if they are hungry.
  • Have your child eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks. Do not skip meals.
  • Make a family rule to only eat in the kitchen or at a table. Try not to have your child eat while:
    • in the car
    • using screen media (TV, phone, computer)
    • reading
    • standing up.
  • Never lock the refrigerator or cabinets.
  • It is best to eat from a plate or in a bowl, and not out of the bag or box. Eating from a package makes it easy to eat more than your body needs.
  • Eat slowly. Think about your food and how you feel and stop eating when you start to feel full.

Healthy Eating for Families

Foods that can help you feel more full:

  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts, nut butters
  • Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Whole milk, cheese, full fat yogurt
  • Foods that list 3 or more grams of fiber on the nutrition label