Bonjour lecteurs! Food and children… An obsession we all have once we become parents. We always worry about what they eat, how much of it. And pourquoi? Simply because we want our dear little ones to be in top shape. Creating Healthy Eating Habits For Your Children is key. And when Little Yeos asked me what I did to do so with Baba, the brand got me thinking. Even better, I visited Memory Lane as I was reflecting on our journey with Baba so far!
The Obsession to Feed Them
I don’t know about you but as soon as Baba crashed into my world, I was constantly obsessed about the quantity of milk he would have. He was a gourmet baby from the start and LOVED his milk! I am using capital letters because he would have constantly been with a bottle of milk in his mouth if he could…
And I was always worried that he would not have enough food. Baba was born with a congenital heart defect. So I suppose that in my mind, him having a good appetite was a sign of being healthy. It’s probably the Frenchie in moi…
But what comes up to my mind when asked how I created healthy eating habits for my child, I would say that first come first, don’t over stress about it.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables from the Start
And this tip is going stronger as they get older. Once we reached the stage of weaning, I was a bit scared of doing things wrong. Baba showed a huge interest in food very young.
But as soon as we started him on solids, it was all about fresh purées and vegetables mashed. I wanted him to taste fresh food so that he got used to it and he could enjoy them later on in life.
There are so many blenders on the market, c’est simple to cook any fruits et légumes. Some even steam the food for you so that it is super quick.
To be honest, we experimented with so many vegetables. Even lemons and Baba’s face was so funny when he tried it for the first time! But he enjoyed a zest of grapefruit in some of his desserts.
And No Panick With Prepared Meals!
At first, I was adamant that Baba would not have prepared meals. But they are times when they are handy! As long as they are occasional, it is not like you are a bad parent.
If we were out and about or I did not have any more of my homemade purées, I would always have one in the bag just in case.
Make Them Discover Ingredients
Over the first few years, I think what creates good healthy eating habits is to help your little ones to discover the food and ingredients for themselves. I will let Baba hold the peppers or the cucumbers for him to have a feel of them.
And we would make it funny too, with faces in the plate or playing the traditional plane. Mind you, it would not last long with Baba because food always goes down the hatch pretty well!
And if your little one struggles with veggies par exemple, trick them!
Add What They Like
Smoothies are a good idée to get them to eat more green. Plus if you do it in the blender with them, it is even more fun!
I used to add a bit of cheddar in a bowl of spinach if Baba was not in the mood for it.
Oui! You can sometimes cheat to make them eat some good food!
But being Frenchie (we love calling ourselves gourmets, right?), for me, it is all about involving them in the process!
Cook With Your Children
Baba was cooking with me very early on. I think being part of it is fun and children love being involved generally speaking.
It is also a great way for me to spend some quality time with him. I have a lot of fond memories of me helping my mum in the kitchen when I was little. I still remember them!
So I got him his own apron when he was one and he even had a spoon to pretend he was a real chef!
And if we are eating out, I rarely prepare his own food. I always made the point of him eating à table with us. I suppose it is another French tradition but for me, meals are a family moment and I would not cook his dinner earlier so that he eats on his own before us.
The same in a restaurant. He would eat with us whatever we have. I like the idea that he has a variety of food and I find it less stressful.
As long as we have cars, crayons and games to entertain him, it teaches him to be patient and he can take his time to eat… for a better digestion!
Don’t Forget Your Dairy!
Cheese and other dairy are very important in our family. After all, some calcium is essential for his bones and makes him a strong boy! And with brands like Little Yeos that is using organic, British milk, there is absolutely no artificial colours, flavouring or preservatives.
So all the hard work I have done in the past to prepare Baba for a healthy lifestyle is carried on thanks to the brand’s range. And for parents, knowing that we can trust a label, that is all, right?
An Occasional Treat
Creating healthy eating habits for your children doesn’t have to be a tricky affaire. If anything, it is about consistency and getting children involved as much as possible. Because at the end of the day, they will become adults in charge of feeding babies too!
It is also all about balance! We are all humans and a little treat is welcome too sometimes. I will never be the mum that forbids her little ones to have any chocolate or sweets. We are lucky that Baba has no allergy and therefore, I want him to taste and try as many things as possible.
And that to me, is probably the secret to healthy eating habits.
When They Want To Do It Like The Adults
I also think that giving children some responsibility as much as possible is a great way to get them there. That is why Baba is cleaning his face and the table after having a yummy snack with Little Yeos 🙂
There is no dictation. It is all about enjoying some good family meals together.
And that is why I might have had one of those yummy Little Yeos too when we took those pictures 🙂 How could I resist those delicious and nutritious pots full off goods?
And don’t even get me started on the Yeo Ice Creams… So voluptuous!
Creating Healthy Eating Habits For Your Children With Little Yeos
So that’s it from me folks! Those are my top Frenchie secrets for creating Healthy Eating Habits For Your Children.
And remember that you can have cheat days too. Nobody is perfect and we can not always get it right. So don’t be too hard on yourself when their meals are not full of dairy and greens… I love a good pizza too, with a good glass of Merlot…
What is your top tip when it is about creating Healthy Eating Habits For Your Children?
How did you manage the weaning stage and what are your little tricks to make your kids eat healthy food as often as possible?
Little Yeos offers a full range of delicious pots of fruity yogurt and fromage frais if you fancy a look. And you can also enjoy activities, recipes and more to get them involved in their health journey too!
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