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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By Diane Zavacky
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 …
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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
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.