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How do I make my child like healthy food?

If I had a dime for every time I have heard that question, I’d have a few Tahoe lakefront properties. The short answer is: you don’t “make” your child like healthy food, or anything for that matter. You must INSPIRE them to want nourishing foods. But even more important is to just enjoy food, in general. Meal time should not be stressful, and when you feel it’s your job to “make” your child enjoy food, that can turn meal time into one of the most stressful times of day for both you AND your child.

So, before I get into some ideas on how to create excitement around healthy foods, the most important advice I can share with you is: RELEASE yourself from the perceived duty of being in charge of what you child likes. Your job is to provide them with balanced and nourishing meals, and they choose whether and how much to eat. There are ways to make it fun and engaging, which is what I’ll get into below, but only your child can decide what he/she likes. Start by honoring that, and you may be shocked that your stubborn little mini suddenly feels free to admit that he/she, on their own, decided they like salmon and Brussels sprouts (or whatever food it is that you have been pressuring them to try/like).

Here are some ideas for fostering a love for healthy foods:

  • Talk about the flavors in the food. Instead of only saying “This is yummy”, try “This cold cucumber is so refreshing” or “I love how crunchy this roasted broccoli came out” or “These strawberries are so juicy and sweet!” It helps your child develop an awareness of flavors and may get them excited to try something they never have.
  • Play with your food! (Or, I could say “allow kids to play with their food, but where’s the fun if you don’t participate?!). I recently had a blast with my four year old designing letters out of our piles of stirfry at lunch. It was fun with food AND educational 😉 Allowing kids to play with their food gives them an opportunity to experience the food in new ways. It can often warm them up to eating the food on their plate, and, believe it or not, it can help lead to acquiring a liking for a food that they previously didn’t like. It can take upwards of 20 “experiences” with a food for a kid to like it (or, in my kids’ lives, over 100 in some cases!), and guess what: playing with the food counts as one of those “experiences”!

  • Involve them in the cooking process. Studies show children are more likely to try new foods and eat whatever you feed them when they take part in the menu selection and food preparation. Give your kiddo a job in the kitchen! Practicing kitchen skills at a young age can get a little messy, but that’s a small price to pay for building an early foundation of preparing and enjoying healthy meals. 
  • Talk about how you feel after eating a well-balanced meal: the energy you feel, how well you slept, how well you were able to focus on all the tasks later in the day, etc. NEVER talk about how eating or avoiding certain foods make you LOOK on the outside. This can turn into a harmful relationship with food. If you find you consistently do that, you may need to work on your own relationship with food. This is something I work with adults and children on, so please feel free to email me if you think you need help.
  • Allow them to choose the meal, or components of the meal. Provide a framework around their choice, but let them choose. For example, ask “Do you want mushrooms or squash with the chicken tonight?” or “Do you want tacos or rice bowls for lunch?”. Bring them grocery shopping and allow them to choose some vegetables and fruits that they want for the week.
  • MODEL the eating you want to see in your kids!!!!! YOU try new things in front of them. YOU eat balanced meals. YOU avoid making “yuk” faces around foods.

Remember: Take your time, take deep breaths at meal time, and experiment with one new healthy dish or food per week. If your child has said they don’t like a healthy food, don’t give up on it! Prepare it in different ways, put it on their plate, allow them to play with it, and don’t pressure them to try it. Keep it casual and fun, and they’ll come around…or maybe they won’t for some foods, and that’s ok too. But at least you’ve taken the pressure out of meal time.

Dana Dose, RDN, LD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian in Truckee/North Tahoe. She works with families and people of all ages through one on one nutrition counseling. She also teaches classes on introducing solids to infants using a baby led approach. Follow her on Instagram @raisinghealthyeaters, or contact her at danadoserdn@gmail.com to find out more about how she can help you and your family.

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What are your littles doing this Summer?

Summer is around the corner and sign ups for summer camps are underway if not filled up. As you may have seen our collaboration with Abbie at Conecta in the recent Moonshine Ink article there are many types of camps here in North Lake Tahoe and a few surrounding areas to keep your littles from being bored this summer. We’ve compiled the lists of most summer camps for you. If you know of a camp we are missing please let us know here so we can get it added.

With over 200 camps we’ve done our best to present camps by ages. We have attached the PDF’s to each name. 

Hope everyone finds the right camp for your littles and finds our guides helpful when it comes to choosing the right fit. We would love to hear camp reviews. You can submit your camp reviews here.

Happy Summer Campin’!

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Are you a Mountain Mama?

If you haven’t already heard or seen it come across your timelines – we are calling all mountain mamas for a chance to enter our Mother’s Day giveaway. Now is finally your chance to be the spoiled one! Tahoe Kidz is so excited to get to pamper a lucky mama and treat her tagged friend too! A little over $2000 in goods, TWENTY amazing, local companies, ONE company with forever ties to Tahoe and our two TK families have generously made this possible and we cannot wait to give this special treat to you + your bff.

How do you enter, if you haven’t already?
All you have to do to win is like and share our original post on Facebook, follow @TahoeKidz and all of our sponsors on Instagram and LIKE all pages on Facebook, AND comment by tagging another mountain mama friend. How sweet is that?!

Too many steps you say, why like and follow everyone?
We want to show all of the businesses that donated some love and what better way than follow and like their businesses on all social media platforms as a thank you for the support. Many are also offering amazing promotions if you follow them as well!

When will the winner be announced?
The two winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12th).

(The giveaway is cross-posted on Facebook, we will take all entries from both platforms and randomly select our winners, if your profile is private we may miss your extra entries so make sure your profile or post is public)

Now let’s talk goodies, what will one lucky mama be getting because let’s be real who wants to cook and clean – instead we want a yoga class, warm coffee, a nice dinner and many other ways to get pampered. Well we are here to make sure you get everything you may not have received on Mother’s Day. We also have added promotions the business are running for the mamas that didn’t win, so what I am trying to say…you can direct your significant other here to get an idea 🙂

Drum roll please…

Shines Photography | Family Photo Shoot (Value $400)

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Promo: *Book a 2019 photo session by May 31st and receive $50 Off (*subject to availability)


Lakeshore Stove & Fireplace | Chimney Cleaning (Value $229)

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Promo: $20 off a chimney cleaning just mention Tahoe Kidz


Arbonne with Staci | Mama Beauty Gift Set ($150 Value)

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Promo: New Preferred Customer Fee Waived


Lunch With Leah | 21 Day Nutritional Cleanse (Value $125)

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Promo: 10% off any enrollment in The Cleanse starting before Aug. 31, 2019, Code ‘TAHOEKIDZ’


Neat Freaks | 3 hours of Cleaning (Value $120)

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Promo: One free hour of cleaning with the purchase of 4 hours good until 6/15, just mention Tahoe Kidz.


Alpine Gold Spa | $100 Gift Card for Spa Services

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Promo: 10% off May 10-12 with Code: TAHOEKIDZ


GyöHarmony | 15-minute Consultation & 1 hr. of Sound Healing or Reiki Treatment (Value $100)

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Sacred Salon | Haircut with Jenae (Value $75)

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Handspun by AC | A custom 24oz Mountain Mama Tumbler (Value $50)

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Promo: 10% off May 2019 code ‘MOMLOVESYOU’


Jack + Emmy | $100 Gift Card

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FUMO + Austin’s | $50 Gift Card for breakfast, lunch or dinner at either location.

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Word After Word Books | Tote & Where the Crawdads Sing (Value $45)

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Tahoe Burl Theory | Mountain Mama Wood Sign (Value $20)

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Promo: 10% off May 2019 code ‘CALLYOURMOTHER’


Tahoe Yoga Collective | One Yoga Class (Value $20)

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Zuri Coffee Co | $20 Gift Card

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And thanks to both the Chase + Fountain Families we’ve added a little Amazon ($25) and Target ($25) retail therapy a total of $50 in gift cards to mom’s favorite store and online shop!

Elevated Home Cleaning | 3 hours of cleaning (Value $120)

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Pure Life Med Spa | Collagen Resurfacing Treatment (Value $100)

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Naturally Be.You.Tiful with Kim | $50 Gift Card to Beauty Counter

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Promo: Free 3oz sunscreen mist with purchase of $100+ or by becoming a Band of Beauty Member


CoffeeBar | $25 Gift Card

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Word After Word Books | $15 Gift Card

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And thanks to both the Chase + Fountain Families we’ve added a little Amazon ($25) and Target ($25) retail therapy a total of $50 in gift cards to mom’s favorite store and online shop!

(Target and Amazon are not affiliated with this giveaway)


Tahoe Kidz cannot thank all of our favorite local businesses enough for their generosity and helping make this Mother’s Day special for two mountain mamas.  As you’ve seen some are even offering some great promotions if you just mention Tahoe Kidz and this giveaway! We wish you mamas the best this upcoming Mother’s Day, our worlds are made extra special because we have so many loving mamas out there. Happy Mother’s Day and stay tuned for our winners.

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What is next for Tahoe Kidz?

As most of you know Tahoe Kidz was started in 2017, with the idea of making the search for activities a one stop shop. The frustration began when having to search many websites to get information and that sparked the idea of putting it all in one location, at that point Tahoe Kidz was born. We were delivering daily activities to your feeds and sharing events in our area, winter 2018 came along and that halted a lot of the information sharing. This gave some time to completely refresh our look and start brainstorming what is next for us.

This is completely a volunteer website and we would love to have more community support, how you may ask? You can send us activities and events that are coming up or you come across while out and about, if you are a local business – you can share upcoming deals or give us promo codes to give to our followers. We are always looking for partnerships to promote and do giveaways. Finally, we would love to add more guest bloggers for any kid related topics so if you are a nutritionist, child psychologists, teacher, crafter or simply want to share information that relates to our little minds being raised in or visiting Lake Tahoe that we can share to parents – we would love to hear from you!

This spring when we brought Erin to join our team to help with daily tasks, we went back to the drawing board on how to make this the best resource for parents in the North Lake Tahoe area. We would love your help and a few minutes of your time to fill out a brief survey to help guide the next steps in shaping the future of Tahoe Kidz. The purpose of this survey is to gather follower preferences and review our engagement for our blog, social media and make a plan for our future of communications to make TK your GO-TO resource for kid-friendly information. After all, our Tahoe Kidz are important and they are the next generation of our community and we want to make sure they are engaged with all the fun happenings in our area.

You can fill out our survey here!