So, years ago I read an article in a parenting magazine. I can’t for the life of me remember what magazine it was or who the article was about. In the article, they interviewed two nutritionists, a husband and wife, who had a toddler. They gave all kinds of tips about raising healthy kids, like NEVER give them a cupcake unless it’s their birthday and stuff like that. I didn’t really agree with most of the tips, but there was one that I was willing to try.
They talked about how portion size affects how much kids eat. So, if you give kids two bites of veggies, they might eat half of that, or all, but that’s it. But if you give them 4 bites of veggies, they’ll eat more than if you gave them 2 bites. So, I’ve been doing an experiment with my own kiddos for the last few years and I have to say it works! I was skeptical at first, but I started giving Max and Ava giant bowls of vegetables instead of a small serving. At first, they told me “I can’t eat that much!”. But it’s never been about eating ALL the vegetables. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.
I often serve them an entire cup or more of vegetables at lunch and dinner. And I can guarantee you that they eat way more vegetables than they would if I gave them a smaller serving. Lia has been our anti-vegetable kid (remember when she used to make me sing to her?), but she’s slowly coming around. For awhile, I was only putting five peas on her plate. Slowly, I’m increasing the amount I’m giving her. Sometimes she eats all her vegetables, sometimes she doesn’t.
Want to see how portion size affects your own kids eating habits? It’s easy… just give them more than you think they can eat. And tell them they don’t have to eat it all. And then let me know how it goes! If you want to share photos on Instagram, use hashtag #happyfamilymovement and tag @HappyFamMvmt. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!