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Getting children to eat healthy food

Over the past few years, as our daughters grew, they started becoming conscious about what they eat, being able to tell between healthy and unhealthy food, and every time they say something is not healthy, I am impressed.

Many schools today are able to teach children about healthy food, which in itself is a relief, at a time when they are more exposed to junk food and sugary drinks.

However, the risk of being exposed to such is still very high, whether it is at a birthday party or event where they have to enjoy sugary treats. 

It is important to always help them understand what is healthy and what’s not. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a war, rather make them understand that they don’t need certain foods or can do without them.

Tell them that switching to a healthy diet can have a profound effect on their health and then leave them to make their own decision.

Many schools today are able to teach children about healthy food, which in itself is a relief, at a time when they are more exposed to junk food and sugary drinks.

However, the risk of being exposed to such is still very high, whether it is at a birthday party or event where they have to enjoy sugary treats. 

It is important to always help them understand what is healthy and what’s not. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a war, rather make them understand that they don’t need certain foods or can do without them.

Tell them that switching to a healthy diet can have a profound effect on their health and then leave them to make their own decision.

Eating healthy supports your child’s growth and development into adulthood and may even play a role in lowering their risk of suicide.

If your child has already been diagnosed with a mental health problem, a healthy diet can help them manage the symptoms and regain control of their health. Below are some tips to consider to encourage children to eat healthier food.

Encourage healthy eating habits

Eating healthy starts early. Whether your children are toddlers or in their teens, they develop a natural preference for the foods they enjoy the most at an early age.

This is the perfect time to encourage healthy eating habits and this is the right time to shape their tastes and preferences. Make things like vegetables, fruits and nuts liked by your children early on.

Focus on full diet

Growing up, children tend to want to eat certain things and they don’t mind eating something over and over again. It is important to focus on overall diet rather than allowing them to eat specific foods.

Children should be eating more whole, minimally processed foods, with focus being organic food.

Be an example

Children naturally copy their parents. You cannot encourage them to eat healthy if you are not eating healthy. If you binge on junk, chances are your children will like junk food too.

Experts say the childhood impulse to imitate is strong so don’t ask your child to eat vegetables while you gorge on potato chips.

Make healthy foods likeable

They say most healthy foods are not tasty, however, there are many ways to make healthy food tasty to appeal to their taste buds. Add vegetables to a beef stew, for example, or mash carrots up with mashed potato, or add a sweet dip to slices of apple.

Eat at home

The best way to encourage children to eat healthy is to eat more meals at home. Restaurant and takeout meals have more added sugar and unhealthy fat so cooking at home can have a huge impact on your kids’ health.

The more they get used to restaurant food, the more they will be pushing you to eat out. The journey begins now.

Source: The New Times

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