07 Dec The benefits of eating healthy as a child!
Most parents know a lot about the various nutritional needs that their children might have! Parents who inculcate healthy eating habits in their kids at a young age can have an extremely positive influence on their dietary habits later on in life.
There is ample research that supports the fact that eating behaviours and meal habits, in early childhood phases, have a huge impact on children’s food preferences and eating patterns in adulthood.
Luckily, there are several ways for parents to shape their children’s eating behavior positively.
Variety beats anxiety!
In today’s busy world, parents have less and less time to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals for their children. That’s why, it is a much better idea to offer children a wide variety of healthy but colourful foods, such as, fruits and vegetables – which are easy to prepare and pleasing to the eyes. This way, parents can easily shape the food preferences of their children, at a young age.
Additionally, children learn eating habits through observation. This means that children are also more likely to eat healthy snacks and healthy foods when they see adults enjoying them.
Grow, growing, grown!
It is extremely important to make healthy food for kids, loaded with the right nutrition that will aid in their physical growth. This is especially true for young children who are in their pivotal stages of development. When buying snacks for kids and cooking meals for your family, be sure to choose foods that contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, and protein. All of these are necessary for the nutrition a growing body deserves.
Giving your children nutrition-rich, health-conscious meals or healthy snacks will make sure that they stay healthy in most situations – that’s the advantage of a balanced diet for kids. Children being the way they are, face many harmful germs on a daily basis – be it at school, at home or on the playground. That’s why it is important that kids get their fill of vitamins and minerals that will help fortify their immune systems and prevent diseases.
Enough is more than enough.
Parents often send the wrong message to their kids about how much they need to eat, by punishing them or bribing them to finish everything on their plates. Due to this process, children tend to overeat without even knowing it. This is where teaching children to listen to their own hunger cues becomes very important for their future! Kids have to learn how to distinguish between eating the right amount and eating too much.
Children spend hours in front of computer screens, and this tends to have a major impact on their health. Kids have to be constantly encouraged to go outside and play or join a sport at school, in order to reduce the risk of becoming overweight. Physical activity also pushes children to be more social, self-confident and emotionally stable – ultimately leading to better self-esteem and a better future.
Family food time!
Eating food together as a family is one of the best ways for parents to bond with their children. Through family food time, kids learn all the healthy eating habits that parents incorporate in their own daily lives! This is not only great for children but also for adults, as they tend to become more conscious about what they eat, in order to set a good example for their little ones.
Eating healthy starts at home. Little children need to understand why a nutritious diet is important, it cannot be forced on to them -always keep that in mind!
With these tips at your disposal, we hope you and your kids have a blast with (nutritious) food! Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or simply to share your stories.