About nutrition for your children
Proper nutrition is vital for helping your children to grow up healthy and strong, improving their concentration in the classroom, promoting proper brain function, and for creating an overall sense of physical and mental well-being. There are several things that you can begin doing to improve the health of your child. Improving their eating habits now is likely to benefit them for life.
Encouraging your child to eat a wide variety of healthy food options is a giant step in the right direction. Raising picky eaters will make it more difficult to incorporate healthy foods into family meals. Children that grow up eating an eclectic mix of foods tend to maintain a varied diet throughout their life. Introduce new vegetables and other healthy ingredients often, experiment with ethnic foods, and, when they are old enough, have your child join in on the cooking process to develop a healthy, positive relationship to food.
How to promote proper nutrition for your children
Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. If you are a working mother or father, this may be easier said than done. However, getting into the habit of preparing homemade meals using fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, and other non-processed ingredients will become easier with time. Learn to make easy meals using wholesome ingredients. Avoid pre-packaged, frozen foods. Even canned soups are far less nutritious than freshly made soups. Processed foods, in general, tend to be loaded with preservatives, salt, saturated fats, and other unhealthy ingredients.
Keep soft drink and other junk foods out of the house. Soft drink, junk food, and other types of processed food items are common culprits of childhood obesity and the development of other health problems.
Make sure that you follow the same healthy eating guidelines that you set for your children. Setting an example that the entire family can follow will ensure consistently healthy eating habits that will improve the overall health of your children.
If you have questions about proper nutrition for your children, make an appointment to see one of our dietitians. Contact us today!