Food and Nutrition

How to encourage a 5 year old to eat healthy

Aparna Reddy
3 to 7 years

Created by Aparna Reddy
Updated on Dec 11, 2020

How to encourage a 5 year old to eat healthy
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Children feel good when they eat good. Once your child enters preschool and kindergarten, they should be ideally eating the same foods as the rest of the family. You should offer foods with good nutritional value, create an eating routine and set an environment right. It is good to offer a range of healthy foods, offer regular meals and sitting together, limit processed and sugary foods, include fruits and vegetables, include small portions for small children and be positive.

Some ways to encourage a 5 year old to eat healthy include limit mealtime distractions, serve appropriate food portions, don't schedule mealtimes too close to bedtime, eliminate mealtime stress, involve your child in food preparation, reduce non-mealtime foods and drinks and by understanding your child's eating style.


You should offer choices, also let them make their own plates, introduce gateway foods , snack smarter, include your kids while cooking, don't force feed.

Foods that are good for your child's growth include lean meat, fish, eggs , chicken, beans, lentils, chickpeas, tofu and nuts. These foods are important for your child's growth and muscle development. 

They also contain other useful vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Foods young children should avoid include unpasteurized foods and beverages, including raw milk and unpasteurized juice and ciders, raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, raw meats, raw sprouts etc.

Check out this video with Nutritionist Archana Reddy as she talks about how to encourage a 5 yr old to eat healthy.

Watch the entire video with Nutritionist Archana Reddy to know all about Food and Nutrition for your Child's overall growth and development and Healthy Eating Habits in Children where she gives some important tips.


This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Dec 11, 2020

Alas, sometimes our desires are at odds with reality. A good start in the new school year will give a good start for the next holidays.

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| Jan 07, 2021

Nice selection of tips, thanks. Personally, I think it is very important to monitor what our child eats, but it is also not worth limiting him in what he wants to eat, because this will affect his further behavior and complexes. I recommend looking for videos on YouTube about the correct upbringing of children, in which psychologists talk about the connection between simple actions in childhood and their consequences in adulthood. I managed to find about a dozen videos on this topic there, and many of them were posted on channels to which at least 82 thousand people were subscribed! I'm sure their authors used to buy subscribers.

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| Jan 09, 2021

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