Good Food 4 Kids

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Good Food 4 Kids

It is essential as a parent to encourage children before the age of eight to practice healthy eating habits. Too many children today are overweight or obese, much of it due to processed and fast foods. Fruits and vegetables should make up the majority of your child’s diet, the recommended daily allowance is (5) fruits and vegetables, along with at least 1 hour of physical activity daily. Children may be more likely to eat fruits and vegetables that have a sweeter taste. Try grape tomatoes, corn on the cob, baby carrots, strawberries and melons.

 


Offer your children healthy snacks…

Be creative:

  • Prepare a pizza with all fresh veggies
  • Top celery with peanut butter and raisins
  • Serve baby carrots with low fat dressing or dip
  • Add finely chopped carrots to your homemade spaghetti sauce

Children are more apt to eat fruits and vegetables if you take them to the grocery store or a farmer’s market to choose foods to their liking. By doing so, they will learn just how tasty fruits and vegetables are and will readily choose them for an after school snack. Help your child plan a small vegetable/fruit garden. Children love to see the produce grow and picking vegetables is always fun.


Little Helpers:

  • Encourage your child to help out in the kitchen
  • Explain the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables and have them help prepare a simple healthy snack
  • Children will love the chance to help out with food preparation. Start out with simple basic foods
  • Children need to be carefully supervised in the kitchen, choose simple tasks that are age appropriate
  • Have your child help out by stirring or adding ingredients

When packing your child’s lunch make it healthy.

Include: cuts of celery, baby carrots or fresh strawberries.