Healthy Eating for Kids By Diane Zavacky With good nutrition as part of a balanced diet, children will grow up healthy. No matter their age, steps can be taken to encourage smart eating habits. However, the earlier it starts, the better. Healthy Kids
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Healthy Eating for Kids
By Diane Zavacky
With good nutrition as part of a balanced diet, children will grow up healthy. No matter their age, steps can be taken to encourage smart eating habits. However, the earlier it starts, the better.
5 Great Ideas to Promote Healthy Habits
Family schedules are busier than they’ve ever been. Convenient food, i.e. fast food, is readily available and rarely healthy or nutritious. Here are some suggestions about how to work the ideas into the daily routine …
Family Meals – a time to catch up on everyone’s day and reconnect…
Strategies for bringing the family together:
Teach kids about good nutrition using the food guide pyramid.
Log onto www.mypyramid.gov, and each family member can calculate their daily individual needs.
Some Basic Guidelines…
Work 5 servings of fruit into the daily routine
Make it easy for your child to choose healthy snacks
Serve lean meats & other good sources of protein
Choose fiber-rich whole-grain breads & cereals
Limit fat intake, fast food, & sugary drinks
Incorporate the 90/10 rule into each day:
90% healthy, 10% not-as-much
How to Be a Good Role Model…
Eat well yourself.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Don’t overindulge in less nutritious foods.
Limit portions & don’t overeat.
Stay away from diet discussions.
Keep a positive approach about food.
Avoid battles by giving kids some control over their food choices.
Get them involved in the meal planning, the grocery shopping, & the cooking.
Let them search for recipes they want to try.