Healthy eating leads to healthy living
Healthy eating is just part of healthy living. So, it’s important to engage and encourage your children to be active, get regular exercise, spend time outdoors, and have a variety of interests.
Here are some healthy eating tips everyone needs to know
Set a schedule
Plan and schedule 3 meals and 2 snacks every day.
When you want your children to try a new food, make sure they've first had a day of fresh air and exercise —so they're hungry at mealtime. When it's time to eat, serve just a small sample of the new food.
Timing is everything
A set snacking routine can make children more likely to try new foods during scheduled mealtimes because they may be hungrier than if they are allowed to snack throughout the day.
Get your children involved in the shopping process. Take them to a local farmers’ market, and let them pick out the fruits and veggies they’d like.
Have your children try everything on their plate, but give them one free pass each week. If they don't use their pass all week long, on Sunday reward them with 10 extra minutes of playtime before bed.
Feeding your child at specific times each day, for both meals and snacks, will help maintain their appetite.
Know when to seek professional help
If feeding issues persist, talk to your healthcare professional about evaluating the cause.