Tips On Teaching Your Child To Eat Healthy

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Proper nutrition is the foundation of lifelong health and it should begin earlier on in life. By promoting the right eating habits now, you can make a huge impact on your kids overall fitness and health once he or she is a grownup.


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    The practice of making healthy food choices should be started in childhood. If

    you give your children a well-balanced nutrition, they will have the strength,

    stamina, alertness needed to complete tasks both at home and in school. They

    will also have a more positive disposition. Some pointers on how to develop

    healthy childhood eating habits are found in the succeeding paragraphs.

    Be a role model

    Children form habits through imitation and, so you

    should act as a role model by eating healthy as well. It

    will be pointless to encourage y our child to prefer

    eating fruit and veggies when they see you gorging

    yourself with potato chips and carbonated drinks.

    Cook more at home, dine out less

    Home-cooked meals are healthier since

    they dont have ingredients that are

    unnecessary for human consumption

    like food colorings, flavor enhancers,

    and preservatives. At the same time, it

    is a great activity to do with your kids.

    In addition, this can be a good

    opportunity to bond with your children.

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    Aside from that, allowing your child to help you prepare meals is a good way to

    introduce them to the concept of healthy eating. At the same time, finicky eaters

    tend to be more receptive to try new foods if they helped to make it.

    Familiarize yourself with the latest food pyramid for kids

    Actually, the USDA has adopted a different

    symbolic representation for proper childhood

    nutrition. The old food pyramid for kids has been

    recently replaced with the food plate. Both the food

    plate and old food pyramid for kids share similar

    assertions, being that parents should offer various

    food items, and that there are certain food types

    that should be eaten sparingly, and those that children need more of. The food

    pyramid had six vertical stripes to represent the five food groups plus oils. The

    food plate is partitioned into vegetables, fruits, grains, and

    protein, and a dairy circle on the side. And just like the

    previous food pyramid for kids, the plate has been divided

    so that the grain section is bigger than the protein section

    because children need more of the former than the latter.

    Healthy grain options include brown bread and oatmeal. Healthy protein options

    include fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and tofu. Believing that the food pyramid was not

    simple enough for kids to understand and parents to implement, the First Lady

    Michelle Obama presented the food plate as an alternative.

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    Make eating healthy fun

    Compelling your child to eat more healthful food items will not help them develop

    the right attitude to following a well-balanced diet. You need to be innovative to

    think up ways on how to motivate your children to

    choose more healthful food items. For example, you

    can top a bowl of whole grain cereal with a smiley

    face made of banana slices for eyes, a grape for the

    nose, and an apple slice for the lips. Serve fruits

    and vegetables with favorite foods to increase

    acceptance. For instance you can give them

    homemade blueberry muffins, zucchini bread, and

    carrot cake. When doing groceries, bring your kids so they can pick out fruits

    they want to try.