The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has declared August, 2016 to be Kids Eat Right Month as part of its initiative to promote healthy eating habits among children. If good, healthy eating habits are established when children are young, studies show that these habits will continue into adulthood.
Here are some of the tips that are given:
1. Teach your children about nutrition. Here is where reading comes into play. Find websites and articles that teach your children about the nutritional values of different foods. Read and discuss these with your children. This will help them develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for nutrition. When you’re not around, they will be able to make intelligent decisions for themselves.
2. Take your children grocery shopping and read the ingredients of products off of the packages. Search the internet for healthy recipes and have them participate in preparing meals.
3. Help your children plan breakfasts and lunches. During those busy weekdays, we tend to grab whatever is quick and convenient. Stop … take time to plan differently. Fruits and vegetables should be staples of meals. Additionally, experts say that children love colorful meals. Have them write down different menus with a variety of items, and then assist them with the follow-through.
4. Have healthy snacks around the house. We all know how children love to snack. Be wise and plan for a variety of healthy snacks rather than just chips, sodas, and cookies. Here is where different fruit and vegetables with dips can be introduced.
5. Make sure to include activities for them too. Kids love to run and play. Developing an active lifestyle first requires a healthy meal.
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