About Diet and Nutrition for Children
It is important that children and adults eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day in order to get a healthy dose of naturally sourced vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.
You can give your children the head start that they need for proper growth, enhanced cognitive function, and protection against disease by incorporating plenty of fruit and vegetables into their diet.
While it is likely that you already know important it is to feed your children a variety of fruits and vegetables, you’re probably thinking that this task is easier said than done. How can get your children to build proper eating habits so that fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of their daily meals? This is why ENT Wellbeing Diet & Nutrition has created a holistic dietary guideline, that with our pediatric dietitians consultation can be used to create a customised dietary plan to ensure that your child not only eats a healthy balanced diet that meets their growing bodies needs- and will enjoy it too!
The first rule of thumb for promoting healthy eating habits is to start early. It is important to realize that children are more likely to accept new foods from the ages of 2-4, and changing these habits will be more difficult after the age of 4.
Healthy diet and nutrition for children needs an early start. Starting healthy eating from an early age will help you increase the likelihood of healthy eating habits later on in life. Work toward exposing your toddler exposed to a variety of fruit and vegetables, and make sure that your plate is full of the same produce you are offering your child. Children often look to their parents for guidance in just about everything including eating habits and typically develop the same tastes as their parents.
Whether you have the opportunity to offer your child an array of produce from an early age or are now working to change the eating habits of an older child, it is important to continually provide a variety of fruit and vegetables. Allow your children to help choose produce when grocery shopping, and get them involved in meal preparation.
Making fun foods such as fruit smoothies, adding fruit to cereals that they enjoy, and making pizza that includes a variety of veggies are just a few of the strategies you can try. With a little creativity and a positive approach to mealtimes, your kids will take on healthier eating habits.
If you have questions about diet and nutrition for children, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.