Help your child eat healthy

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A list of things that a parent should take care of when serving meals so that children can maintain a healthy weight and normal growth

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  • 1. Help Your Child Eat HealthyA list of things that a parent should take care of when serving meals so thatchildren can maintain a healthy weight and normal growthIt is very important to keep a track of what children eat these days especiallyconsidering the rate of obesity seen across the globe. The most vital aspect of healthyeating is portion control and cutting down on fatty foods. Given below is a list of thingsthat a parent should take care of when serving meals so that children can maintain ahealthy weight and normal growth.1. Let your little one consume low-fat dairy products, lean meat, whole grain breads,and cereals, eventually cutting down the intake of sugar sweetened drinks andsalt.2. Avoid giving whole nuts to children under the age of 5, they may choke on them.However, it is okay to have peanut butter and chopped nuts on condition thatthey arent allergic.3. Do not dictate foods instead implement them yourself to see the change in yourchild. Thus, share mealtimes and have the same healthy foods.4. Ask your child to eat as slowly as possible.5. Since your toddler attends preschool make sure you know what their nurserymeal program is if you dont find it healthy enough you can always pack ityourself.6. If tinned food is being served make sure you have read the food labelsthoroughly.7. Substitute junk food with as many fruits and vegetables you can.8. Similarly, toddlers should be fed more water because over eating and excessconsumption of sweetened drinks and sodas may spoil the teeth and of courseadd to the weight.9. Plan a munching time. Continuous noshing may lead to overindulgence and thusadd to the weight. Nevertheless, when your child is hungry in between mealsserve fruits, raw vegetables, low-fat biscuits, yogurt, etc.

2. 10.A childs eating habits should involve eatingmeals together as a family. Encourage this bytalking pleasantly and not about school orhomework. If the conversation turns out to bedistasteful, children may try to eat quickly soas to leave the table.11.Involve your children in shopping for groceries and preparing meals. When youdo so you will get a sneak peek into what your children like and dislike. In return,you will get to know how they like their veggies to be served. Additionally, it willgive you a chance to teach them about nutritional foods and their importance.12.Last, but not the least at no time will you serve food as a bribe i.e. do not punishor reward with food. If you hold back food as a punishment children will try andeat as much as they can while they get food. Likewise, when desserts andsweets are served for being good, children will attach more value to these thanhealthy foods. This way, you will be giving a very wrong message aboutvegetables and fruits. So, dont do it.