Let’s face it, we love eating unhealthy food and parents who are accustomed to TV dinners and are accustomed to simply calling for food after they are back from a long day at the office, need to take a few lessons on raising healthy children.
The tips below can be easily followed by all parents to ensure that their kids get the right amount of nutrition for a healthy body.
Control the Supply Lines
You control the supply line, it is in your hand to decide, which foods make their way from the supermarket and in to your kitchen. You also need to decide, what ingredients you use to make every day meals. What snacks will you feed your kids when they come home from school? Will it be the packet of chips, lying on the kitchen counter or will it be the fruits that you picked up from the farmer’s market yesterday morning?
Give Them a Choice
Kids will not stay hungry, they will eat from a choice of what is offered to them. Give them healthy choices, so that they can pick and choose from what they have in front of them.
Once in a while it’s alright if they waste some food. Do not urge them to lick the plate clean, when they simply have no place left in the stomach.
It is really never too early to start inculcating healthy eating habits in to children. Kids should be trained subtly into healthy eating, and your actions in this matter can have a huge impact on what your child eats and avoids in this case.
Let them Experiment
Menus for kids are quite standard, if you were to check with any local restaurant. For them they have special on macaroni and cheese, pizza, burgers, fries and a whole lot of unhealthy treats. Why let them just eat that, allow them to choose something from the adults sections as well.
Calories in Soda
There are calories in sodas too. Try and avoid sodas and other drinks that have added sweeteners. Juice is a good choice and help your kids get introduced to the benefits of natural foods.
You have to learn to help them identify, healthy food from unhealthy food, do not make their desserts a prize and help them understand that the dessert is as important as the main meal.
Food Has its Place
Do not use food to show emotion. Don’t reward them with food, don’t make their favorite food to say ‘I Love You’, but to ensure that they grow well. If you do this, they could grow up to use food to beat stress.
A few simple tips can indeed help you turn how your children eat food. Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to learn what your kid’s ideal diet should be and also speak with a Homeopath to learn what natural solutions can help you children grow well.