We as parents are trying to raise healthy kids. The first thing besides giving a lot of love is healthy eating.
But we need to understand what that means. We don’t need to be experts on nutrition to raise healthy kids, but we can follow some basic rules that can encourage our kids to eat and maintain healthy.
WITH THESE 7 RULES YOU CAN TRY TO DO THAT:
1. Who buys what?
We are the ones who decide which foods to buy and when and how to serve them. Even if sometimes we are under pressure from our kids to buy candies and sweets, we should be in charge what kind of food we will keep in the kitchen.
Our kids are always hungry, but they will eat what is served and what is available in the fridge. Sometimes, you can surprise them with an unhealthy snack so they don’t feel deprived.
2. What kind of food is offered?
From time to time you should ask your kids what they want. Kids need to have some say in the matter. You can make a plan or weekly menu including snack time.
But, you have to offer what is it on the menu and let them choose what to eat and how much of they want. But if you have in mind step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.
3. Avoid the “clean-plate club.”
Do not force your kids to be members of the clean-plate club. They should stop eating when they are full. A lot of us grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn’t help kids.
When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overweight.
4. Start as soon as possible.
You should start with these rules from early as you can. Our child is developing food preferences very early in life, so you have to offer a variety of food.
From time to time, you will notice what he likes and dislikes. Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite.
5. Drink calories count.
You have to avoid soda and other sweetened drinks full of colors and calories. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when you prepare by yourself. So make a lemonade or squeeze an orange, instead of buying a cola.
6. Put sweets.
Occasionally you can give them sweets, but don’t turn dessert as piece for negotiation. When a dessert is a prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods. Make them healthy desserts. Use your imagination.
7. Kids do as you do.
You must be careful what you eat in front of your kids. You serve as role model to them. When trying to explain them about good eating habits, try to set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.