But there are plenty of practical challenges in Jane’s life too. With three children aged 6, 4 and 2 to love and nourish, Jane and her husband know all about the sleep deprivation, the emotional highs and lows and the apparently endless daily chores that come with parenting.
So amongst all the cuddles, washing and toddler negotiations, what does a nutritionist feed her kids?
Here are Jane’s top 10 tips to surviving meals with children, and setting your kids on the right track towards nutritious eating for life.
1. Be a good role modelnormalises
2. Think about food behavioursbehaviourschildrens’
3. Eat dinner early
4. Have strategies up your sleeve favouritedinni’
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 fullnesswholegrainfibremuesliWeetBixlunchboxes
10. Talk about food and healthdemotivating
Jane is a member of CSIROseven, a group of Australian scientists working towards research breakthroughs. She is a Research Scientist and Dietitian for CSIRO Food and Nutrition, based at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.Jump to next article