Healthy Eating with Kids Can Be a Challenge
Healthy eating with kids does not have to be hard. Establishing healthy eating patterns when kids are young can prevent obesity and related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease as kids grow. Well balanced meals also provide the energy that kids need to succeed in and out of the classroom. Here is how to start teaching healthy eating habits young.
3 Tips to Healthy Eating with Kids
1. Get Kids Interested In Cooking
Educating kids about food and cooking can be interesting and educational. Watch a kid’s cooking show together, or peruse cookbooks at the library. Browse online for recipes, and let your kids pick out recipes they’re interested in. Healthy eating is easier when it’s fun.
2. Build A Balanced Meal
Encourage kids to help plan and prepare meals and use this opportunity to talk about what a balanced plate looks like. Focus on filling plates with colorful fruits and vegetables and balancing out your meal with lean protein and fiber. Meal planning can also teach portion control and reduce food waste.
3. Have Patience
If you have a picky eater, often letting them help plan and cook meals can overcome resistance to meals you have prepared. However, if you still meet with difficulty, try offering unfamiliar foods at the beginning of meals, when kids are most hungry. Offering an example of healthy eating by eating balanced meals yourself is the best inspiration you can provide.
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Karen L Leibowitz, MD
Health and Lifestyle Coach