This post is sponsored by Stonyfield, however all opinions are my own.
Like many families who are constantly on-the-go, it can sometimes be hard to make sure everyone is eating the rights foods. We all know convenience foods are tempting (and fast food is like a staple to us some days). But don’t fret, whether you’re raising the next athlete, dentist or EMT, there are still a variety of ways you can teach your kids (yes, even your toddlers) to eat healthily.
We realized with our 4-year-old that vegetables were more difficult for her to get accustomed to, because they can be bitter, sour and have complex flavors. Since she is learning to eat a variety of foods and she has to become familiar with eating vegetables, this is no different than anyone who is learning to develop a new skill, much like riding a bike. It takes practice in a low-pressure environment, patience and nurturing.
Introducing kids to an array of different foods early on is key to helping them start on their path to eating healthy. For our toddler and preschooler, we introduced Stonyfield® Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Pouches to them just to switch things up.
Stonyfield® Organic Kids® is USDA Organic & non-GMO project verified, and it contains 35% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt. Because our girls were on a veggie strike, I loved that it was a great source of Vitamin D for them, plus it was made from real fruits and veggies.
Pair with familiar foods
What we love about Stonyfield® Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Pouches is that we are able to introduce new veggies to Sarah, while still allowing her to eat her favorite food: yogurt. By serving the veggies alongside foods with which she is familiar and comfortable, it has made her more willing to try them
Show how much you enjoy your veggies
Modeling the behavior/actions that you want your kids to have is important. This means if you want them to eat their veggies and have good eating habits, they need to see you doing the same.
Keep trying and reintroducing
We’ve all heard the saying, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” This absolutely applies to kids and vegetables. It can be easy to give up when it comes to certain foods, but as long you keep the pressure low, just stop and reintroduce at a later time. It’s not uncommon for it take repeated exposure to that food for a child to promote food acceptance.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Pouches.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.