Ideas for Teaching Preschoolers About Healthy Eating Habits

Updated April 17, 2017

Getting some preschoolers to eat at all can be difficult. Persuading them to eat healthful foods can be even more challenging. There is a need to educate preschool-aged children about the importance of eating nutritious food and to make the foods accessible and desirable for young palates.

Try Fresh Foods

If you have farmer's markets nearby, make an effort to visit one with your children. Discuss some questions in advance that your little one can ask the farmers or vendors. The people who work the stands are usually knowledgeable about their bounty and can educate your family about the food and the farms where the products were grown.

Sample everything, especially things that are new to you. Your preschooler will see what it means to be an adventurous eater.

A Rainbow of Flavors

Make a rainbow on a serving platter. Make arches of red peppers, orange peppers, yellow cherry tomatoes, green cucumbers, blueberries and grapes. Point out the different colours and explain why it is a good idea to eat as many different colours as you can. Give samples to the little ones and ask them to describe the taste using words such as "sweet" or "bitter."

Be an Example

When it's breakfast time, unmonitored children will reach for whatever is quick or may skip breakfast altogether. But children need to be taught that breakfast is important. Foods such as low-sugar cereal, eggs, bacon and ham can easily be part of a child's healthful breakfast. For example, pop the meat into the microwave instead of sliding the breakfast pastry into the toaster oven. A good breakfast for the whole family is a powerful teaching tool and a great habit to develop.

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About the Author

Cassi Nesmith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has appeared in the parenting/natural living magazine "JoyfulBreathMag" and the humor magazine "My Geek in the House." Her interests include health, papercrafting and the outdoors. Nesmith has a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature from University of California-Berkeley and a teaching credential in special education from San Francisco State University.