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Top 10 tips to surviving meals with children – from a nutritionist

In September 2015 on September 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

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Sarah: This blog is all about finding and applying science in every day life.

There is no better proponent of this philosophy than Adelaide nutritionist Dr Jane Bowen, who has developed her own approach to healthy eating and meal-management in her busy family of 5, including 3 young children.

After chatting with Jane last week, I’ve stolen her best ideas and compacted them into a list.

Here are Jane’s top tips to surviving meals with children, and setting your kids on the right track towards nutritious eating for life.

  1. Be a good role model
  2. Think about food behaviours
  3. Eat dinner early
  4. Have strategies up your sleeve
  5. Plan ahead
  6. Don’t insist on an empty plate
  7. Avoid making dessert a permanent fixture
  8. Let your children make some food decisions
  9. Make eating about nutrition not fullness
  10. Talk about food and health

More detail on each item is available in the full version of my article.

[image thanks to David D]

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