On the hunt for kid food Instagram accounts to follow? Maybe you are a brand new mom with a child starting to eat solids or you have a crew of toddlers and you need to get some new ideas. There are two types of things that I look for on Instagram — education and inspiration.
Kid food can be overwhelming and it can be fun!
I already loved to follow food bloggers, foodies, and food anything on Instagram. But when I started to have kids it opened up a whole new food niche.
Most nights for me, it’s fun to think about what I can make the girls for dinner, what they can try for the first time, or what I know they will like because it’s a hit every time. But sometime, kid food overwhelms me. Because those little stinkers eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner just like us and the older they get, the most opinions they have about what I make, how it’s presented, and how much of it they will eat.
Cue that hilarious string cheese reel from @annalee15, which isn’t someone I follow for food, but definitley someone to follow for funny mom content.
Whether you have fun looking at Instagram accounts focused on kid’s food and nutrition or it’s just a necessity, these accounts are a great place to start!
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 offer 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 an 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
Kids 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, our girls have been relatively good eaters, with small phases of pickiness. This might be a more frustrating thing to follow if they were extremely picky, but probably worth a try regardless because it’s one less thing to prep whenthe kids eat what you eat!
Everything deserves a bite
If our girls don’t like a certain food, we don’t force them to eat the entire serving, but they need to give it a try. And the next time we have it, they have to try it again, even if they already decided they don’t like it. The more you try something the more likely you are to like it! This is a little bit of a struggle sometimes and I never force it, but I do bring it up at all meals and encourage them.
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, it’s been hit or miss into the toddler years, but it’s been really interesting to see how our girls interact with dessert when we present it like it’s no big deal. For some meals they don’t eat it or they only take a bite or two. Other days, they eat the whole dessert, first and ask for more.
As someone with a history of disordered eating, I really like that this approach normalizes eating dessert and doesn’t put any particular food on a pedastle.
Intentionally avoid labeling food
I’m really conscious of the labels I put on foods and intentionally avoid “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 our girls have a good, shame-free, exploratory relationship with food. Again, as someone with a history of disordered eating, this has been really important to me. What’s interesting is that over the years, Hayes has picked up on the language anyways. Saying things like “can I have a treat?” and “to much sugar hurts your tummy”. I’m thankful it’s something we’re thinking about even if it’s not going to be perfect.
Kid food Instagram accounts I follow for inspiration
I really love @yummytoddlerfood’s approach to simplicity with eating. There is a lookalike spaghetti-Os recipe that she makes with a veggie-packed sauce and broth that’s on my list of things to try. She’s a more recent kids food Instagram follow for me, and I find that I’m always stopping to read and save her content.
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.
@natmonson.health (formerly known as @superhealthykids)
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. She has recently shifted her account to focus on kids AND women’s health, which I’m totally here for!
Natalie is a cancer surivor and has a amazing story to share. 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.
Ashley is a newer follow for me and I’m soooooo in love with the recipes she shares! She really focuses on real, attainable ideas for busy parents. Like this diy smash cake made our of Costco muffins. She’s my new favorite kids food instagram follow for sure.
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 fingertips? Let me know your favorite accounts to follow!