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Sunday, April 27, 2014
With everything being readily available in the market and the busy schedules we follow, it is not always easy to ensure that our kids eat the right kind of food. Moreover, making them eat healthy and nutritious food has become increasingly difficult. However, we need to generate healthy eating habits in or kids, making sure that they include vegetables and fruits in their diets.
What can be done? You can be the role model for your kids. When you eat healthy they will follow you, though this might take some time. Try to have regular family meals. This will not only encourage them to share with the family, making them better individuals, but also ensure that they feel secure, developing finer behavior patterns.
When you eat as family, children will eat more vegetables, fruits, and grains. They are also less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and become involved in activities that are detrimental to health. It is extremely important to bring up healthy eating kids; this will ensure that they remain health conscious throughout their lives.
Here are some healthy eating tips that will help you get your child involved in his/her diet. You can set a variety of healthy foods, soups, salads, and snacks. Make the vegetables more attractive by dressing it with honey, peanut butter, or cheese. Carrots are good to begin with. You can slowly introduce all the vegetables. Let there be plenty fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. Try to keep lesser quantities of oily, fatty, and unhealthy foods. This will discourage them from taking large amounts of `junk’ food. At the same time do not deprive of them completely
You can serve lean meats and other good sources of proteins such as fish, eggs, beans, and nuts for healthy diet. Include low fat yogurt, peanut butter and celery or whole-grain crackers and cheese for snacks. Try to get them to eat whole grain breads and cereals so kids get more fiber.
Get them involved. Allow kids to bring friends for a meal. This will help you to reconnect with them. Try to involve your kids in planning the meal and preparation. They like to be independent and when their views are respected they are more likely to eat well. Keep the meal time cordial and congenial and avoid arguing. This can make them lack confidence and fear meal time. Take them along for your shopping trips for food stuffs. Allow them to cook and praise the chef, but just make sure that the kitchen is safe for the kids.
Once you get the kids involved in making choices they are bound to eat healthy. They will continue to make healthy diet choices as they grow.