Are you in search of some kid food Instagram accounts? I already loved to follow food bloggers, foodies, and food anything on Instagram. But when I had Hayes it opened up a whole new food niche. I also added kid food resources. It is incredibly interesting to learn about.
Fun fact: I worked at a childhood obesity clinic in college (loved it!!) and was planning on going to grad school for dietetics before I switched over to marketing.
There are several kid food Instagram accounts that I love for education about what foods are appropriate (and how to serve them) for different age ranges, how to approach talking about food with littles, and inspiration for making things a little more fun. If you’re not already following these, you are going to want to, so interesting and fun!
Kid food Instagram accounts I follow for education
All of these accounts are great resources for how to approach food with your little ones — from the first bite, through toddlerhood, and all the way to school aged kiddos. They have great tips for what size food is appropriate for different ages or how something should be cooked (carrots was an interesting one for me to learn about). But what I might appreciate more is their types on how to talk about food to deal with dinner tantrums, picky eaters, or to be conscious of creating a shame-free food environment.
Many of these accounts offering free and paid online education. While I soak up as much information as I can from their posts, I have not taken any of the courses, but I have friends who have and enjoyed them if you’re interested in a deep dive.
As expected, this account is bursting with color 🙂 I especially love all of the fun tips that Jennifer has about encouraging healthy behaviors (not demanding them), like the water bottle example in the bottom left post above. “Can you drink to the band?” Honestly, that would work on me too.
I love the combination of expertise that comes from these contributors. Megan is a dietitian and Judy is and OT feeding therapist. They have so much knowledge between the two of them and it really shows in the quality of their content. So valuable!
Again, another great resource from a nutritionist. I like that Kacie also adds some relatable memes and gifs in there with her nutrition advice. Her account feels a little more of a hybrid between nutrition advice and a mom blog than the others.
This account is primarily recipes that cover snacks and meals for your babe or toddler, but she weaves in education on the appropriate preparation, bite size, and serving size.
Here are some of the educational tips + strategies I’ve learned and tried out
Hayes eats what we eat
The origin of this might have been from Bringing Up Bebe, one of my favorite reading recommendations for new mamas, but it was reinforced from these accounts.
Now I will say, Hayes has been a really good eater. This might be a more frustrating thing to follow if she was picky.
Everything deserves a bite
If she doesn’t like a certain food, we don’t force her to eat the entire serving, but she must try it. And the next time we have it, she has to try it again, even if she already said she doesn’t like it.
Dessert goes on the plate with the rest of the meal
This one was really strange to me at first, and if I’m being honest, I’m not sure it will last into later toddler years, but it’s been really interesting to see how Hayes interacts with her dessert when we present it like it’s no big deal. Some meals she doesn’t even eat it or take a bite or two, but is way more interested in her tomatoes. Other days, she eats the whole thing, first.
Intentionally avoid labeling food
We are conscious of the labels we put on foods and intentionally avoiding “treat, healthy, bad for you, etc.” It’s actually harder than I thought to do this. Most of the time the word just comes out without me thinking about it, but I just correct it with another term and move on.
The hope is that avoiding words like this will help Hayes have a good, shame-free, exploratory relationship with food. As someone with a history of disordered eating, this has been really important to me.
Kid food Instagram accounts I follow for inspiration
A coworker recommended this to me site to me and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s my favorite account for fun and healthy recipes the whole family will enjoy. And when I say fun, I mean it. Plus Catherine proves it. Her kids make appearances on nearly all of her IG videos and tutorials. They help her cook and they get just as excited about the recipes as she does. You can tell their family truly enjoys making colorful, delicious, nutritious food together. I love that it’s a family affair.
Also, the ingredients are so fresh, colorful and Pinterest worthy. Makes you want to each only fresh food.
This is another account with some really fun ideas. On the food side of things, what I especially like about following Natalie’s account that the recipes and inspiration seem to lean a bit more towards the homey style of cooking, but healthier versions — twists on french fries, pizza, bran muffins. On the life side of things, Natalie also shares parenting, routine, and other mama-friendly tips and I’m always here for some additional perspective on those things.
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Things we’ve been inspired to try…
There are tons of delicious smoothie recipes on these sites. And I swear Hayes thinks she’s won the lottery when she eats a smoothie. Maybe it’s because of this fun cup + straw combo she gets to drink it out of? It’s called a “Drink in a Box” 🙂
Serve snacks in muffin tins
It takes no additional effort to serve snacks in something a little different, but it ups the fun factor immediately. Doing this also helped me add some extra variety to snack time. And even more fun, which I haven’t tried yet, I love the idea of sticking to a theme, like all different green foods for St. Patrick’s day.
These diy pan pancakes were on @weelicious’ IG, but it said “recipe to follow”. We will definitely be trying when it’s live. I think it’s so fun that each kid (or adult) gets to pick what they want on their section of the pancake.
If you’re looking for a way to make a normal lunch or breakfast something special, this is the upgrade you’re looking for — sushi sandwich! Endless possibilities, super easy.
Future try – bento box lunches!
I don’t need to make Hayes a lunch yet — and I’m definitely ok with waiting for that day to come — but when I do I will likely be obnoxiously excited to buy bento box supplies and get creative…and potentially over it by week three.
There are so many great resources that you can find on Instagram for kid food. Isn’t it crazy how much is right at our finger tips? Let me know your favorite accounts to follow!