The Greatest Wealth Is Health!

Model Healthy Eating For Your Children

Our children today are so programmed to have bad eating habits especially from all the TV commercials. Watching the TV, they'll see the kids playing and having a good time while they eat that super sugary cereal. On top of that, if you buy that particular brand, you get a toy in the box. So, when they go to the grocery store, they're drawn to it. "Mom, I want this kind!" they say, with excitement. But, we as parents need to be aware that much of it is marketing!

By teaching your children healthy eating habits you can keep them at a healthy weight. Also, the eating habits your children learn when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.Make a wide variety of healthy foods available in the house. This will help your children learn how to make healthy food choices.

Top tips to promote healthy childhood eating

  • Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting, which also enhances appetite, and provides a perfect opportunity for your children to share what's on their minds. Breakfast is another great time for a family meal, especially since kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school.

  • Cook more meals at home. Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family and sets a great example for kids about the importance of food. Restaurant meals tend to have more fat, sugar and salt. Save dining out for special occasions.

  • Get kids involved. Children enjoy helping adults grocery shop, selecting what goes in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It's also a chance for you to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and (for older children) how to read food labels.

  • Make a variety of healthy foods available and keep your pantry free of empty calorie snacks. Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks and healthful beverages (filtered water, milk, herbal tea, occasional fruit juice) around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for healthy snacks when they're hungry instead of empty calorie snacks like soda, chips, or cookies.

  • Let them choose. Don't make mealtimes a battleground by insisting a child clean the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe.

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