TIPS TO MAKE YOUR CHILD EAT HEALTHY

Posted by admin | On: Jul 22 2016

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One of the main concerns of parents is to make their kids eat. Being fussy about the food they eat is very common; selective in eating disrupts the nutrition balance in children. In this scenario parents might need some help in understanding what it means to eat healthy. You don’t need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight should be the main focus of a parent. Because of peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food, kids are often tempted to eat foods with low nutrient profile. By providing healthy food for your kids, you can help stabilize their moods and energy levels, sharpen their minds, and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.

Following are the few ways by which parents can inculcate the habit of healthy eating in their growing young ones.

  1. Parents should be in-charge: Parents should decide which foods to buy and when to serve. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods should be regularly stocked in the house.
  2. Get kids involved: Involve your kids in shopping for groceries and preparing meals. You can teach them about different foods and how to read food labels.
  3. Don’t replace healthy sources of saturated fat with refined carbohydrates or sugary snacks: It’s a mistake many of us make. Instead of letting our kids eat whole-fat curd, for example, we offer them low-fat versions, not realizing they’re often packed with added sugar to make up for the loss of taste.
  4. Let there be options: Kids need to have some options in the matter of food. Schedule regular meal and snack times. Select some healthy food items and let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want to eat.
  5. Cook more meals at home: Restaurant and takeout meals have more added sugar and unhealthy fat so cooking at home can have a huge impact on your kids’ health. Also you can add more nutritious options in the preparations.
  6. Do not force them to eat: Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Do not force them to complete their meal, instead you can serve less in the beginning itself and if the kids want more let them ask for it. Forcing them to eat and complete their meal may lead to over eating.
  7. Start giving variety at young. Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite.
  8. Kids follow your steps: kids do what you do. So if you want to set a good example in front of them, you yourself should start going for healthy options so they will have your example in front of them while choosing food for themselves. Go for nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.
  9. Regular family meals provide comfort. Knowing the whole family will sit down to eat dinner (or breakfast) together at approximately the same time every day can be very comforting for kids and enhance appetite.
  10. Reduce TV and computer time: Watching TV while eating meals leads to mindless snacking and less activity, which in turn leads to more of fat deposition in the body. When TV and computer time are limited, they’ll find more active things to do which will ultimately balance their caloric intake and outputs.
  11. For fussy eaters nutritional needs can also be completed with a complete balanced nutritional supplement.

Healthy eating can be an easy task with great fun if understood and implemented properly. Parents should always be aware about their child’s eating habit, so that to avoid any unhealthy habits.

 

 

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