Help your child develop healthy eating habits
Mothers are constantly trying to find sources that help ensure better health for her child. From health tips to suggestions on nutrition, they are always on the lookout for a solution that will help their kids grow stronger and healthier.
Here we are with some health tips that will improve your child’s lifelong relationship with food, and help him/her grow into a confident and healthy individual.
Mealtimes should be pleasant and conversational. If you scold or argue during mealtimes, your child may associate eating with stress. Distractions like television and phone must be avoided during meals. Encourage your child to eat slowly because children can detect hunger and fullness when they eat slowly, preventing them from over-eating. Involve your children in shopping and preparing meals to keep them interested in what they are eating.
It is common for children to have appetite swings depending on their activity levels. So make a variety of healthy snacks for them, but allow them to choose how much they want to eat. Continuous snacking may result in over-eating, but snacks that are planned at specific times during the day can be part of a healthy diet, without hampering your child's appetite at mealtimes. You can make nutritious snacks for your kids using fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low or non-fat dairy products.
Encourage your child to drink plenty of water. Consuming too much sweetened drinks and sodas increases the risk of obesity in children. Adding Horlicks to the milk can enhance its nutritional value further as Horlicks is rich in nutrients and is clinically proven to make children taller, stronger and sharper.
A Good Breakfast
Breakfast is the first and the most important meal of the day that keeps your child active through the day’s activities. It should never be skipped. A good breakfast will keep your child’s energy levels high and improve his/her performance at school. (Give references for the same) Breakfast is a good time to give your child foods high in fibre. A bowl of cereal with milk and a fresh or stewed fruit makes for a great start for the day.
Lunches at School
Replace white breads with whole grain breads to make sandwiches for school. Highly processed, fatty, salty and sugary foods should constitute only a small portion of your kid’s diet. It’s better to avoid sweet biscuits, chips, fruit bars, processed meat and soft drinks for lunch.
Physical Activity and Exercise
Encourage your child to pick up a hobby or get involved in a sport. An hour of physical activity everyday is recommended for primary school children. This will work up a healthy appetite and also keep your child active and fit.
These were a few kids’ health tips for you. When it comes to healthy living, be a role model for your child and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible.