It’s important for people of all ages to eat nutritious foods, but for children, it’s even more vital. Eating healthily from childhood boosts a child’s desire to eat like that in the future. This is good because eating in this way can reduce health issues like high blood pressure. Here are some strategies you can use to promote healthy eating for your children.
Start With Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast is extremely beneficial because it helps set the tone for the rest of the day. If you provide your child with a healthy breakfast, they will have the energy to start their day off the right way and it will help them get into the habit of eating at regular intervals. You can even help them get involved in the process by having them help prepare their breakfasts. This will help engage them and spark their interest in helping them eat in a healthy way. With your family’s busy schedules it can be tempting to grab a quick, unhealthy breakfast or to skip breakfast altogether. These quick breakfasts might seem convenient but likely won’t give your child the needed energy to get through the rest of the day.
Have Set Mealtimes
A lot of unhealthy eating stems from people overeating at irregular mealtimes. Many people skip breakfast and overeat for lunch, for example. You could help encourage healthy eating for your children by ensuring that they eat at regular intervals. This means that they will be eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which cuts out on the chances they’ll skip a meal and then overeat later. Teach your children that it’s important to eat at different times during the day to have the necessary energy.
Show Good Behaviors
As a parent, you are the biggest role model in your child’s life. This extends to healthy eating so ensure your children see you engaging in healthy eating behaviors. Telling them about what they should be eating is important but it isn’t nearly as effective as showing them how they should be eating. There are many ways you could model healthy eating and make it fun. For example, you could create a chart with healthy foods on it and give each family member a sticker for trying them.
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