Getting children to eat right is not always easy, and it is hard to monitor because kids are not always home with their parents. Teaching children to eat healthy is something that must start when they are young. If you do not start this then, it will be even harder to implement later in life.
Here are a couple of tips to help your children get the proper nutrition that they need.
- Limit the kinds of beverages they drink. Water is the best thing for a child or adult to drink. Offer ice-cold water to kids for drinks, and make it more exciting by adding a sliced lemon or lime to the drink. Milk is another great drink because it contains the vitamins needed for strong bones. Some kids will not drink milk though and parents should supplement other dairy products for this.
- Don’t buy junk food. If you do not keep junk food in your home, they will not be able to eat it while they at home. Instead, offer fun types of healthy snacks. Have chopped vegetables and dip on hand at all times. Keep granola or raisins in the cabinet too and offer these snacks to your kids when they are hungry.
- Make healthy meals. If you are the one doing the cooking, it is up to you to keep the meals healthy. Avoid processed foods, and try to stick with fresh vegetables and lean meats.
If you start these habits while your children are young, your children will probably enjoy these foods more as they grow up.