Ten Tips to Get Kids Eating Healthy
Are they picky?
Do they only want boxed cereal for dinner?
Children have the highest requirement for nutrients due to their rapid rate of growth and development. It is vitally important that we provide them with healthy options to support optimal health and instil good eating habits for the future. Nutritionally complete meals are a must! It may be difficult at first, but the rewards will last a lifetime. The following are some tips and tricks to help you change your child’s perceptions towards healthy foods. Try them out and see if they work.
Education is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your child. Be conscious of what you are feeding your child and what their nutritional needs are. Beware of hidden food additives such as chemicals, colorants, salt, sugar, nitrates, etc. Teach your child the difference between how healthy foods affect their body in comparison to unhealthy foods. Above all else, lead by example. The best way for your children to learn healthy eating habits is by observing what goes in your mouth.
2. Do Not Bribe
Easier said than done, right? Unfortunately, using food as a bribe can diminish the value of healthy foods, while promoting unhealthy foods as a treat for good behaviour. Further, it can cause emotional eating in their future. If at all possible, we want to avoid using food as a bribe.
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