10 Tips to Teach Your Kids About Nutrition

4 years ago

teach your kids about nutritionIt's easy to teach your kids about nutrition if you incorporate it into your daily life. Here are 10 tips to get you started: 1. Bring your kids grocery shopping. o Ask them to help you select some of the food items. Children are more likely to eat their own selections. For example, ask them to choose a few kinds of fruit for their lunchbox. o If your child is old enough, challenge them to find a cereal with high fiber and low sugar. This helps teach how to read and compare labels. o Ask them to choose one food that they have never eaten before. This will encourage more variety in their diet. 2. Avoid placing restrictions on food choices. To do so increases the risk that your child could develop eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. The key is to encourage the more healthful choices, rather than to ban the poor choices. 3. Educate yourself and your children about healthy eating. The website www.nutrition.gov provides easy access to vetted food and nutrition information from across the federal government. USDA's new food guidance icon, MyPlate, replaces MyPyramid as the government's primary food group symbol. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. The groups are: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy 4. Teach your child to cook. Try it! You will discover that it's loads of fun for both you and your child. At the same time, you can teach them the more healthful ways of preparing different foods. For example, you might make some oven-fried potatoes, or you might make macaroni and cheese using reduced-fat milk and reduced-fat cheese. 5. Keep healthy foods on hand at home. Children can only eat what is made available to them. 6. Sit down to family dinners as often as possible. Research shows that children who eat dinners at the table with their parents have better nutrition and are less likely to get into serious trouble as teenagers. 7. Become familiar with the Let’s Move initiative. Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, it is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Visit the Eat Healthy section of the website:Let's Move . There you will find a wealth of resources, including recipes and tips on eating a healthy diet. 8. When you dine out with your child, order carefully. If the restaurant does not have healthy choices on its children’s menu, consider sharing your own healthful meal with your child. Since most restaurants offer over-sized portions, both you and your child will benefit. 9. Discover a website called Nourish Interactivity, http://www.nourishinteractive.com. There you'll find free interactive games and tools that promote a healthier lifestyle. 10. Take it easy. Allow an occasional treat. Create healthy eating memories. Do you have suggestions for getting kids to eat healthier? If so, please share them with our readers at 10 Tips to Teach Your Kids About Nutrition. You may also like: Cooking With Kids 



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