Healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy,
sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. While peer pressure and
TV commercials for junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem
impossible, there are steps parents can take to instill healthy eating
habits without turning mealtimes into a battle zone. By encouraging
healthy eating habits now, you can make a huge impact on your children’s
lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to
grow into healthy, confident adults.
Top tips to promote healthy childhood eating
Cook more meals at home.
Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family and sets a
great example for kids about the importance of food. Restaurant meals
tend to have more fat, sugar, and salt. Save dining out for special
Get kids involved.
Children enjoy helping adults to shop for groceries, selecting what goes
in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It's also a chance for you to
teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and (for
older children) how to read food labels.
Make a variety of healthy snacks available.
Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and healthy
beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) around and easily accessible
so kids become used to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty
calorie snacks like soda, chips, or cookies.
Limit portion sizes. Don’t insist your child cleans the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe.