18 Playful Mealtime Tools These Nutritionists Use to Get Their Kids to Eat Better
After noticing how Jennifer Anderson, the mom and registered dietitian nutritionist behind Instagram account kids.eat.in.color, playfully presented healthy foods for kids, I was eager to experiment with my 3-year-old. One night, instead of serving his food on a plate, I pulled out a muffin tin from the cabinet and began filling it with a mix of veggies, fruits, protein, and carbs I had on hand and presented this toddler charcuterie of sorts to my son. He was into it. Really into it. In fact, he wiped out the entire muffin tin.
Mom and pediatric dietitian Ashley Smith, who helms the veggiesandvirtue Instagram account, created an entire series around the concept of enticing kids to eat more adventurously and nutritiously by way of muffin tins with her Muffin Tin Monday posts.
But it doesn't stop with muffin tins. Mom and registered dietitian Kacie Barnes, from the mamaknows_nutrition Instagram account, gets kids to try healthy foods using playful utensils, like forks that look like construction trucks and picks shaped like animals. Following these accounts opened my eyes to a treasure trove of mealtime accessories that can turn eating into an adventure. If you're looking for a way to introduce an element of fun to your little one's meals and snacks, read on for plenty of ideas!