Building Healthy Diets for Children
how to create a strong nutritional foundation
It’s no secret — getting your children to eat the right foods can be tough, but the first step to having your children embrace healthy eating is to fully understand what they should be eating yourself.
Creating that strong nutritional foundation from the get-go can help improve your child's concentration and physical skills. Making smart nutritional choices for your kids during childhood can reinforce lifelong eating habits and help them grow to their full potential. So it’s important to know where to start to ensure that they are always 'Growing in Confidence'.
healthy eating for children : the basics
Good nutrition should include eating three meals and two nutritious snacks every day. Try to limit high-sugar and high-fat foods, and make sure your children get the right amounts of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and dairy products every day. Check out The Five Food Groups for Children for serving suggestions and ideas.
top 5 tips for encouraging healthy eating habits
The best way to help your children build healthy habits is to encourage them to:
Eat a variety of foods from the 5 food groups.
Balance the food they eat with physical activity.
Pack a lunchbox that is filled with plenty of grains, fruits, and veggies.
Avoid foods with too much added sugar and foods high in salt.
Avoid large amounts of fast food, caffeine, juice, and cooldrinks.