As a parent you know that teaching your children healthy eating habits is crucial to their futures. The things you teach them at a young age are what stick with them for the rest of their lives. It is never to late to enforce good eating habits in your home, but the earlier you start, the better.
The first step you should take in providing healthy food for you child is to go through your kitchen and throw out anything processed or full of sugar and fat. A lot of the time we don’t realize that the food we are giving our children is full of harmful chemicals and has a small amount of healthy nutrients. When at the grocery store try to stick to buying whole foods. Fresh produce is the safest way to go. If you do buy packaged food, make sure to read the label first to ensure that it contains a high amount of nutrients and a low about of fats and sugars. Always avoid buying packaged processed foods.
Buying the healthy food is easy. It’s getting them to eat it that’s the hard part. Studies have shown that the more a child is exposed to a certain food, the more likely they are to eat it. Introduce healthy food to them at a young age, then keep introducing it to them as time goes on. Over time they will get used to the idea of eating it.
Involving your children in the process of making dinner can also help. Let them go to pick up groceries with you. Let them choose out which fruits or vegetables they would prefer for dinner. This way you wont have to worry about persuading them to eat them. You know they already picked out something they will enjoy.
Inside the home is an easy place to control what they eat. But what about when they go off to school? School cafeterias are often full of unhealthy choices, and the few healthy foods they do have often don’t get eaten. A way to ensure that your child is eating a healthy lunch is to pack it yourself. Be sure it is food that they will eat though. You don’t want your child throwing it away and not eating anything for the rest of the school day.