Teaching Healthy Food to Young Children
As a parent or guardian, you have a powerful opportunity to teach kids healthy eating habits. You can teach them to appreciate wholesome foods by using creative children’s activities about healthy eating. By using your imagination, children can have fun while learning about the food groups, how food is grown and where it comes from.
There are many opportunities for learning about healthy. By making the food funny-looking of course! By creating silly faces, using funny ketchup designs, and even simply slicing foods differently, you will be getting kids to dig in to dinners with more enthusiasm than before.
If you involve kids in planning meals, going grocery shopping with you, and preparing food, they will become invested in the process and more likely to eat. Even your toddler who may be too young to make grocery lists, can help you make choices ie. which fruit? which vegetable? which cheese?
Help in the Kitchen.
Simple, no-cook recipes like frozen yogurt popsicles or fruit parfaits are an excellent way to get young chefs interested in healthy cooking and eating.
Grow a Garden.
Children are interactive learners. By growing a garden with them, you can not only give them the tools they need to be an expert home gardener, you’ll pique their curiosity for different foods since they had a hand in growing them!
Children and adolescents should eat a sufficient amount of healthy food to grow and develop normally. It is important to enjoy a wide variety of foods from the different food groups. These food groups include:
- Plenty of vegetables and legumes/beans;
- Wholegrains such as brown rice, brown pasta, polenta, cous cous, quinoa, wholemeal bread, barley;
- Lean meats and poultry as well as eggs, tofu, fish, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans;
- Milk, yoghurt, cheese
- Plenty of water
Limit an intake of processed foods that are high in trans fats, saturated fats, salt, sugars
- Always read the label.
- Replace high saturated foods with foods such as avocado, olive oil, nut butters.
- Avoid soft drinks.
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