Healthy children become healthy adults.
Start early to create healthy eating habits in your children to make sure they grow up to be healthy, well balanced, active adults. Healthy eating habits will ensure your children have the nutrients and energy they need to develop and grow, to perform well in school, and to participate in their activities of choice.
Here are 10 ways to teach your child how to eat healthily.
1) LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Children will follow your example. If you do regular exercise and eat healthily your children are very likely to follow. Read my blog '11 Ways to live healthier' to set the right example.
2) SCHEDULE REGULAR MEALS AND SNACKS
If children do not have set snack and meal times they might end up snacking on unhealthy foods and refusing food at mealtimes. Space snacks well between meals and make sure there is at least one hour between a snack and the next meal. Read this article for healthy snack ideas.
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3) MAKE FAMILY MEALS A PRIORITY
Children who often eat with the family have better nutrient intake, healthier body weight, and perform better in school than children from families who do not share family meals. Try to eat one meal together daily.
4) INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN
Get your children interested in healthy food by involving them when shopping. Your child can pick out fruits and vegetables for example you can ask them to choose ten red apples. You can also involve your child in the preparation of meals by letting them wash, shred, or peel the vegetables.
5) KEEP FRESH FRUIT WITHIN REACH
Put a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter within reach for your children where they can quickly grab it for a snack on the go.
6) HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS READY
Wash and cut vegetables such as cucumber or carrots and have it ready for snacking when needed. Also keep single-serving snacks available such as yogurt tubs, small packets of dried fruit or peanuts and raisins, and homemade popcorn. You can also read my blog on Healthy snack ideas for children.
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7) KEEP SWEETS OUT OF REACH
When children see sweets, chocolates or chips they will ask for it. Best is not to buy it often and keep it on the upper shelves where your children can’t see it. Keep nutritious food on the bottom shelves of the fridge and cupboards.
8) REMEMBER TO GIVE HEALTHY DRINKS
Freeze water bottles half-filled with water to ensure there is always cold water available. Encourage your children to drink lots of clean water and limit cool drinks. When giving fruit juice dilute 100% fruit juice with water or make homemade ice tea with less sugar and lots of fruits. Low-fat milk is also a great drink to give your children to build strong bones and teeth. Click here to read my Tips to drink more water
9) ADD VEGETABLES AND FRUITS TO MEALS
They are lots of different ways to incorporate fruit and vegetables into meals. You can add vegetable toppings to pizzas, blend canned veggies and add it to mashed potato, add mixed veggies to mince or stews and add tomato, cucumber, and lettuce to cheese sandwiches. Fruits can be added to salads, breakfast cereal, yogurt, smoothies, or dessert.
10) PLANT A VEGETABLE GARDEN
A vegetable garden is a great way to involve your children and to teach them practical skills. They will be more likely to eat vegetables if they grow it themselves.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope this enables you to create healthy eating habits in your children. Comment with your tips in the message section. I would love to hear from you.
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