Why I started Smart Eating for Kids
As a mom, I know first-hand how challenging it can be to feed kids well and to have happy family mealtimes. But as a child nutrition expert, I also know there is a better way.
Giving our children the gift of good health is a top priority to me – and I’m guessing it’s hugely important to you, too.
I started Smart Eating for Kids because I want it to be easier for parents to feed their kids healthfully within the reality of everyday living. I also want kids to be empowered to independently make healthy eating choices (with the guidance of their parents, of course).
I’m passionate about helping families find simple, doable strategies that will put happier, healthier mealtimes within reach. My goal is for Smart Eating for Kids to be a place where parents can find helpful, positive, actionable advice that can have an immediate and lasting impact on their family’s lives.
A kid-empowered approach
A kid-empowered approach helps to limit nagging, whining and power struggles, while also setting kids up for lifelong success. Empowering our kids at mealtime means giving them lots of exposures and opportunities to healthy foods, demonstrating healthy habits ourselves, setting clear boundaries and expectations, and ultimately respecting our kids’ choices to eat or not eat the foods we serve. We owe it to our kids to give them the opportunities and self-dependent skills to have a healthy, happy relationship with good food.
Keeping things simple
In my experience, the most successful mealtimes are often the simplest ones. Most parents that I know don’t have the time or energy to cook elaborate family meals every day. When they do, they feel like another important activity suffers. And as a mom, I know how frustrating it can feel when I invest a lot of time making a meal, only to be greeted with complaints and whines about what I’ve made. Rather than aim for perfection or beyond the scope of our reality, I believe that simple changes, small efforts and easy recipes can collectively add up to have a major impact on the health and well-being of our families.
Love the foods that will love you back
This means eating mostly real foods that have come from the ground. It also means choosing foods that will make everyone feel good physically and mentally. Not only in the moment, but 30-, 60-, 90-min after the meal is over, and even into the future. As parents, this is part of our job. Sure, a food (think: candy, fried foods) may make kids happy now, but how will they feel and act later?
Services I Offer
I offer virtual counseling, in-person presentations, online courses, nutrition consulting and more. See how I can best help you.Visit my services page